Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)

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Sceletium Tortuosum (Kanna) Benefits

What is Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)? 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.

Both the conventional tribespeople and modern-day Rastafarians of Southern Africa know a thing or two when it comes to fostering their moods on a bad day. Their centuries-old secret comes from a beautiful succulent called Kanna aka Sceletium tortuosum a plant native to the region.

Kanna is described by the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute as a prostrate scrambling perennial succulent herb. Kanna leaves are imbricate, flat triangular in sectional view, with tips incurved.

Sceletium Tortuosum (Kanna) Mood Enhancer

Kanna occurs in South Africa (which is where we get ours from), where Kanna appears restricted to the western and northern Cape provinces. Eight species of Kanna are known to exist, but only Kanna 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.

Kanna For Anxiety

Kanna 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.

Kanna has a mild anesthetic effect in the mouth, very much similar to Kava Kava. Using Kanna as tea is sometimes used to wean alcoholics off of alcohol.

In 2011, scientists assessed Kanna’s impact on psychological stress utilizing a rat study.

Fifty percent of rodents were subjected to repeated restraint stress lasting an hour for the past three days of therapy. Rat behavioral changes in response to stress have been evaluated utilizing the elevated plus book on the previous evening of restraint, promptly following the restraint session.

It was mentioned that supplementation decreased stress and induce the increase in corticosterone (a stress hormone); the decrease dose seemed to be marginally more potent than the higher dosage, whereas the more significant dose appeared better in preventing resistant system-related abnormalities (evaluated by serum biomarkers).

In a different research, Kanna has been proven to be successful in reducing stress credited to cognitive strain. Zembrin is the name of a standardized extract of Kanna that’s been used in several studies to evaluate this herb’s results.

At a double, placebo-controlled, cross-over style, 16 healthy participants have been spared during performance within a perceptual-load and also an emotion-matching endeavor.

Supplementation of Kanna decreased the reactivity of the amygdala in reaction to this evaluation, thus reducing stress in comparison to placebo.

Exacerbated Depression

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.

With the presence of the alkaloid mesembrine, Kanna has been proven to act as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (most commonly prescribed antidepressant medications inhibit the reuptake of serotonin), the researcher set out to evaluate its impact on depression.

In an evaluation analyzing Kanna’s neurocognitive effects in non-depressed participants, researchers found that in addition to improving cognitive set versatility and executive function, it led to positive changes in mood and sleep.

In the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, several human clinical case reports reveal Kanna’s capability to help cure people diagnosed with depression.

In one instance, a woman was suffering from acute depression for four months, together with reports of lousy appetite, weight loss, insomnia, decreased energy, as well as nervousness. She was given a daily dose of 50mg of Kanna and reported an improvement in mood, generalized anxiety, and sleeplessness.

In another scenario, an individual with major depressive disorder experienced similar developments. On the very first day of treatment, the patient’s mood felt lifted, and her sleep pattern improved by a surplus of 14 hours of sleep a day to eight hours each day. The individual also reported a rise in energy and managed to resume her daily pursuits.

Buy Kanna Capsules

You can buy Kanna Capsules on our website. The South African People were using Kanna’s dietary supplements to reduce psychological stress and increase their mental focus while hunting. This African medicine (Kanna) can reduce that anxious feeling by helping the brain maintain its natural levels of serotonin.

How to take Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)

  • Add a small amount of Kanna to a cup of tea or any liquid – of your choice
  • Just add Kanna 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 of Kanna, and it works wonders.

 

Other Benefits:

Uplifts Mood

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 Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)

Forms: 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).

How to use:

Capsules: Take one capsule a day with water or a favorite beverage.

 

The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide and Sulfite FREE!

Legal Information: The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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