Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)

Sceletium tortuosum, better known as Kanna, is used as a psychedelic by the Hottentots of South Africa. It is sniffed, smoked or used as tea. The Dutch who arrived in South Africa called it kaugoed, which means 'chewing substance'.

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Effects of Kanna

Sceletium tortuosum enhances the mood and provides a sense of connection, while relieving anxious feelings. In higher dosages it can cause euphoria, initially with stimulation and later with relaxation. Some users have noted enhanced tactile and sexual response.

Kanna usage

Kanna can be used as a snuff, in which case 20 mg is sufficient to produce a substantial effect. You can also chew it with a piece of gum. In that case it's advisable to take a larger amount, for example 100 mg to one gram. Traditionally it was smoked, though one can also make a kanna tea (add honey or another sweetener) or extract the active compound with alcohol.


The active constituents of Sceletium tortuosum are mesembrine, mesembrenone, mesembrenol and tortuosamine. Mesembrine, the major alkaloid present, is a serotonin-uptake inhibitor (SSRI).


Sceletium Tortuosum is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). It should not be combined with other SSRI's (Seroxat, Prozac) or Mono Oxidase Inhibitors (MAO-I), such as Syrian Rue (Peganum harmala), Banisteriopsis Caapi, Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), Yohimbe, and certain anti-depressants.


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  • Sceletium T.


    I find Kanna one of the most interesting herbs I came across when shopping at Azarius. Thank you so much for introducing it to all of us, the adventurers!

    Of course not as potent as the 10X, UC and UC2 extracts but very pleasant as well. If you're looking for a sniff check out the extracts! If you're looking for a tea or smoke, stay.

    I love to mix this herb with tobacco and cannabis. There seems to be a very good synergy between Marijuana and Sceletium Tortuosum. I don't need as much marijuana to get way higher, not stoned. Colors are more intense and I seem to stay more 'clear headed'. Marijuana sometimes clouds my mind but smoking it with Kanna makes it so much better! Almost like the Kanna gives me energy where the marijuana uses it up.

    This herb has a reverse tolerance! A gift of nature.
    'Reverse tolerance' means; when you use Kanna more than once you can get the same effects with a smaller dosage.

  • Kanna-fan


    Whaou, Que dire?
    ce produit est unique en soit, au début je le buvais en thé, la sensation
    était sympa mais sans plus, je pense qu'il faut avoir un estomac vide pour l'apprécier de cette manière.
    J'ai donc essayé de le chiquer mais le gout est infect, ceci dit l'effet est bien plus fort, cela donne une montée assez intéressante (proche du MDMA)
    mais le meilleur, c'est le sniffer, il n'en faut pas énormément, j'utilise le bouchon et un sniff suffit amplement pour une journée.
    L'effet est tout simplement terrible, une montée façon MDMA et une envie de ba*@er qui dure plus de 24h, la réalité est plus intense, et une sensation de paix et surtout le sommeil est plus profond sans aucun effet négatif.
    Je le conseille pour quasi tout, sorti, détente à la maison, partie fine avec madame.
    Un petit conseil pour ceux qui le prendrait en semaine, je prends de la Guarana pour me donner un petit coup de fouet et effacer les effets de nonochalance du kanna (je dois être super actif à mon boulot).

  • Emanuil


    Pretty amazing stuff. My prefered method of intake is with a cup of hot chocolate milk. The mood becomes very happy :)))))

    I tried snorting it and my nasal cavity became itchy and unpleasant. I also tasted it raw and it wasn't a good idea. Best to mix it with a sugary liquid!

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