Sceletium tortuosum | Uplifts Mood
What is Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna)? Sceletium tortuosum is used in traditional medicine by the Khoi-khoi and San peoples of South Africa as a mood enhancer, sedative, and analgesic; for a toothache and stomach pains; and as an appetite/thirst suppressant. These properties of Kanna were noted and recorded by early settlers at the Cape, who adopted its use for similar purposes. Kanna is used as a masticatory for social and spiritual goals.
Sceletium tortuosum is described by the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute as a prostrate scrambling perennial succulent herb. The leaves are imbricate, flat triangular in sectional view, with tips incurved.
Kanna occurs in South Africa (which is where we get ours from), where it appears restricted to the western and northern Cape provinces. Eight species of Kanna are known to exist, but only S. tortuosum is of commercial importance. Kanna can be differentiated by its straight secondary veins, prominent idioblasts, incurved leaf tips, and imbricate leaves.
Kanna is used in traditional medicine by the Khoi-khoi and San peoples of South Africa as a mood enhancer, sedative, and analgesic; for a toothache and stomach pains; and as an appetite/thirst suppressant. These properties of Kanna were noted and recorded by early settlers at the Cape, who adopted its use for similar purposes. Kanna is used as a masticatory for social and spiritual goals.
What is Sceletium?
Sceletium tortuosum has been used by hunter-gathers and shepherds as a mood-enhancing substance for millennia, and is far more efficient and rapidly acting than the well-known European plant Hypericum (St. John’s Wort).
The mood-elevating action of Kanna is caused by many alkaloids such as mesembrine, tortuosamine, and mesembrenol which interact with the brains dopamine and serotonin receptors.
Sceletium tortuosum has a mild anesthetic effect in the mouth, very much similar to Kava Kava. Using Sceletium tortuosum as tea is sometimes used to wean alcoholics off of alcohol.
Although Kanna has been used for thousands of years in Africa, it is only now being sought by the west for its remarkable capacities to uplift the mood, increase energy levels and concentration spans. Kanna is also being used as a natural anti-depressant that is safer than pharmaceutical drugs.
Kanna is used to rebalance the brain and central nervous system (CNS) and thereby relieve symptoms of depression. Kanna has been proven to be extremely effective and safe.
How to use Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)
- Add a small amount of Kanna to a cup of tea or any liquid – of your choice
- Just add some in your mouth and swallow it down with water or favorite juice
- We recommend a dosage as little as 50mg twice daily (which is a tiny amount – a quarter of a capsule), but we suggest you experiment with it. We use a capsule a day, and it works wonders.
Gives you lots of energy
Helps with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Social phobia and irritability
Improves cognitive and mental health
Decreases anxiety, stress, and tension
Origin: South Africa
Ingredients: Wild harvested Sceletium tortuosum
15 Vegetable Capsules
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