Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) includes ingredients that reportedly elevate the mood, and decrease anxiousness, strain and stress; in some cultures, it is also used as an appetite suppressant, particularly by shepherds that travel across long distances in dry regions. In higher doses, it can give the feeling of euphoria, acting first as a stimulant, and then later as a sedative. It is a non hallucinogenic herb, is not addictive, and there have been no records of any adverse side effects.
Fermentation of Kanna
Sceletium tortuosum is not very well known, but has some benefits over more well known herbs. It is extremely versatile and can be crushed and made into a satisfying tea with a mixture of other preferred herbs, but it can also be chewed, which will lead to gratifying effects similar to Kava Kava.
All Kanna is fermented before additional processing, and then use. It can either be fermented by South African natives, who still use the traditional methods they have used for generations; it will be fermented in laboratories to ensure that the herb has the appropriate properties.
Kanna belongs within the Mesembryanthemaceae family; it is a genus of Sceletium (Mesembryanthemum) and there are two main types of Kanna; emarcidum and tortuosum. In some areas around the world, Kanna is also known as Kaugoed, Channa, and Canna. Kanna plants have small white flowers, which grow in filaments like flower petals.
It has been reported that the Hottentots tribe of South Africa have been using this vision-inducing plant for more than 200 years, they chew the roots, and often see visions of their animal spirits, and become inebriated. There have been cases of the natives chewing too much and falling unconscious.
Because Kanna helps the brain to function with reduced levels of serotonin, which in turn, allows the body to build up serotonin levels naturally, it can be an ideal treatment for people suffering from depression. Both Kanna capsules and tablets are being used by many psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors as treatment options for patients suffering from anxiety disorders, and mild to moderate depression. Many other people use Kanna as an herbal supplement for stress relief and to help elevate the mood.
If enough Kanna is chewed, it can have a mild anaesthetic effect similar to Kava Kava, and is used in many South African tribes as a treatment for people who are about to have a tooth extracted, or to treat children with colic. A tea made from Kanna can also help to wean alcoholics off alcohol.
There are very few side effects, associated with Kanna, and most people can take it with no problems. However, there are a few side effects which can include: mild headache, slight nausea, soft stools, temporary increase in anxiety, insomnia, and tiredness.
In most countries, Kanna is available as a dried herb, a powdered herb, a tincture, or in pill or capsule form.