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'.
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 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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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!
Follow up on my previous post : Just about to smoke the last bit of my 1 gram of kanna.
Have been enjoying the effects for more than 10 hours now and I have been smoking cannabis along with it( about 2 grams cannabis and 1 gram kanna).
The cannabis high is much less foggy than it normally is, I'm also feeling more calm and relaxed.
I have been in shops,in social settings and walked outside for about an hour( especially a supermarket with all the people and bright lights is a good place for me to judge how high I really am)
I did all of this with a positive mind-set without the usual cannabis inner-voice conversations nor did I try to answer all the big questions in life ;) If you smoke a lot of cannabis you might know what I mean.
That said I should definitely try this without cannabis to see how that works for me.
I am very excited about the fact that there is supposed to be a reverse tolerance building up, means this might just get better and better ( and cheaper) :)
just smoked half a spliff containing : tabacco(40%+cannabis(40%)+kanna(20%)
The kanna definitely has an effect, i smoke a lot of weed and i'm quite certain of the effects of cannabis.
I only ate a bowl of soup and some bread this morning, not enough to start a real day. I know that as soon as i take 3 hits of weed i will get hungry and have to put my joint on hold for a while and eat some more first.
However this isn't the case this time, i already read some things on the internet that it will reduce the feeling of hunger and i can confirm that.
Also the high seems less foggy than normal and pretty its a pretty relaxed feeling :)
Might add some more info later as this was my first experiment with kanna.
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