Things About Kanna Herb You Should Know

You heard about a wonder herb from South Africa but you quickly dismissed it for the lack of information. It is time that you know things about kanna herb and how it can help you. Kanna is also known as Sceletium Tortuosum. Other people call it Channa or Kougoed. It is famous because it can generate strong psychoactive effects when ingested. In fact, it has been used to enhance mood and cause euphoria.

What is kana exactly?

Kanna is basically an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor). SSRI works by building up serotonin in your brain. With this, it will make you happier and more focused. In other words, SSRIs are considered anti-depressants. Kana form is the natural one while doctors can also make artificial prescription drugs.


You must know that kanna is composed of four alkaloids – mesembrine, mesembrenone, mesembrenol, and tortuosamine. The main alkaloid is the mesembrine, which gives kanna its strongest anti-depressant properties.

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What are the benefits of kanna?

As mentioned above, kanna is used to enhance mood and cause euphoria. It is also used as an antidepressant. Aside from that, kanna can give energy – mentally and physically. It can also increase focus because of the surge of serotonin. Finally, it can suppress anxiety for some individuals.

What are the sceletium tortuosum side effects?

Kanna does not seem to be dangerous when it is taken moderately. There are some people who reported headaches and loss of appetite though.  There are even some reports of intoxication for those who use it too much. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using it to be in safer side of sceletium tortuosum side effects. If you feel uncomfortable after ingestion, you should consult your doctor immediately.

What are the doses and how to consume it?

The doses will depend on your age, health, condition, and how you consume it.

    • Smoke: the powder from kanna can be smoked. If it is smoked, the effects are

intense and felt immediately. However, it is only for a short time. The dose for this is somewhere between 50 to 500 mg.

• Oral: you can take kanna orally and it should be taken on an empty stomach. Its effects are felt 60-90 minutes after ingestion. Although not as intense compared to smoking, its effects last longer. The dose for this is somewhere between 50-2000 mg.

• Snort: if you snort the kanna extract, the effects will be felt shortly and they will be incredibly intense. In fact, this is the most intense method of taking kanna but its effects do not last long. The dose for this is somewhere between 20-100 mg. Snorting 500 mg is considered overdose.

• Chew: chewing is actually the traditional way of taking kanna. You just need to chew its leaves or tea cuts. You can also choose to put the powder under your tongue for faster absorption. The dose is somewhere from 50-500 mg.

Kanna can affect people differently this is because of unique physiology. This means that doses should be adjusted according to your needs. It is advisable to take kanna on an empty stomach for faster effects. More importantly, do not take kanna with SSRI prescription because it can lead to negative if not lethal outcomes.