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Kanna, canna, channa or kougoed is the dried plant material of the Sceletium tortuosum plant. It grows in South Africa wildly and is known and used for ages as a traditional tribal medicine. Kanna is a mood elevator/enhancer. It reduces stress and anxiety and can be used as a natural anti depressant. Its anti depressant qualities stem from its natural ability to mimic the SSRI mechanism, suppressing serotonin re-uptake. The kanna plant contains mesembrine. Other important effect are deepening of social contact, euphoria and an increase of self-confidence. Kanna can be smoked, sniffed, ingested with capsules, chewed, or you can make a tea out of it. Sceletium tortuosum has a long history of use in South Africa. Written records dating back to 1662 shows the use of kanna. Traditionally the dried plantmaterial was chewed and the saliva swallowed.
The Kanna plant is used succesfully by psychiatrists, psychologist and doctors with excellent results for anxiety and mild depression. Kanna has been used as a natural supplement for
The kanna plant will elevate your mood and research shows a decline in anxiety, tension and stress. In higher dosed the user will receive a feeling of euphoria simmering into a sedative effect.
The mood elevating effects of sceletium is caused by various alkaloids like mesembrine, mesembrenol and tortuosamine. These alkaloids interact with the brain's dopamine and serotonin receptors. Mesembrine is the main compound present in kanna and has been known as a potent serotonin-upate inhibitor. Researchers now confirming that kanna has a remarkable ability to effectively treat symptoms of anxiety. It is a confirmed serotonin uptake inhibitor, as understood by the US patent office, which means that it regulates the effects of the brain most important neurotransmitters.