is a powerful herb used for centuries as a mood enhancer. Kanna is related to St. Jhon's wort. Sold as incense. |
This product when taken with medications can have very serious side effects. Under no circumstance can Kanna be utilized while taking any medications. WARNING! Sceletium tortuosum is believed to act as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) in the brain. Sceletium tortuosum in combination with common psychiatric medications including other SSRIs (such as Prozac) and MAO Inhibitors may cause injury!
Also Called: Kauwgoed, Kougoed and Canna.
Sceletium tortuosum a small groundcover plant native to Southern Africa has written records of use dating back to 1662 when Kanna was a bartering currency. Traditionally the prepared dried plant material was chewed and the saliva swallowed but it has also been made into teas and tinctures and inhaled as a snuff, or smoked.
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The mood-elevating action of kanna is caused by a number of alkaloids including mesembrine, mesembrenol and tortuosamine which interact with the brain's dopamine and serotonin receptors. Mesembrine is a major alkaloid present in Sceletium. Mesembrine has been demonstrated to be a potent serotonin uptake inhibitor. This receptor specific activity, and receptor activities are also found on nicotinic, dopamine and nor-adrenaline areas certainly validate the traditional mood-elevating uses, and suggest additional therapeutic and wellness potential.
Benefits and Uses
For hundreds of years the Hottentots of Southern Africa used Kanna: Sceletium tortuosum as a mood elevator, relaxant and empathogen. When chewed Kanna has a mild aneasthetic effect in the mouth, much like kava, and is used by the San tribes if you are about to have a tooth extracted. When added to a teaspoon of breast milk this herb was used as a treatment for colic in infants and this use still survives in some rural communities. A tea made from Sceletium is sometimes used to wean alcoholics off alcohol. Tablets and capsules of Sceletium are being used successfully by a number of psychiatrists, psychologists and doctors with excellent results for anxiety states and mild to moderate depression.
A typical dose is between 50mg and 100mg once or twice day, usually taken after breakfast and after lunch. Less commonly this can be increased to 100mg twice a day, if necessary. In drug rehabilitation programs, under a physicians or psychiatrists supervision, the dose needed may be as high as 200mg twice a day.
Very few people experience side-effects. The reported side-effects include: Mild headache, Slight nausea- no vomiting, Soft stool or loose stool with no cramping, Transient increase in anxiety or irritability an hour after initiating treatment,,Insomnia: corrected by lowering the dose or taking the product not later than midday,a feeling of sedation: corrected by taking the product as a single 50mg dose at night.
NO severe side effects have ever been documented.
There have been no confirmed reports of drug interactions, However, because of the nero-receptor activities of Sceletium there may be interactions with other pharmacokinetiv drugs. People taking any psychiatric drug (including all anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, hypnotics, antidepressants and anti-psychotics and so-called designer or recreational drugs) or any cardiac medications, are advised not to take Sceletium-containing products. As with most supplements and modern drugs, safety in pregnancy has not been established.
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