USES AND BENEFITS OF KANNA (SCELETIUM TORTUOSUM):

 

This amazing plant assists people with...

  • Low mood & Depression
  • Anxiety, Stress, Tension or Nervousness
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorders
  • Nightmares
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Hot flushes and irritability in menopause
  • Drug addiction support
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Alcohol rehabilitation support
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder support
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Lack of Energy

BACKGROUND

The Khoisan people of South Africa, who use Kanna (Sceletium Tortuosum) in their traditional folk  medicine, introduced it to the western world. The earliest European written records of the use of Sceletium Tortuosum date back to 1662. The Dutch, called it ‘kougoed’ which literally means, or ‘something to chew’.

 

Farmers, shepherds and rural folk walking long distances use Kanna as an appetite suppressant. It is also used as a sedative in the form of teas, decoctions or tinctures.

 

Kanna is not hallucinogenic. No addiction or severe adverse side effects have been associated or documented with Kanna use.

 

The Hottentots and Bushmen tribes of South Africa have used Kanna as a mood-elevating herb. Although primarily chewed, there are reports of it being taken as a tea, smoked, or powdered and inhaled as a snuff on its own or with other herbs.

 

DISTRIBUTION

Sceletium Tortuosum is native to Southern Africa and the area of the Western Cape known as Kannaland is said to be home to the best quality Kanna.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

The active alkaloid constituents of Sceletium Tortuosum are mesembrine, mesembrenone, mesembrenol and tortuosamine. Mesembrine is the major alkaloid present. Preliminary research suggests these alkaloids may interact with the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors.

Recent research shows that Sceletium Tortuosum improves executive function and helps prevent cognitive decline.

 

Mesembrine has been demonstrated in laboratory studies (sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States, and conducted by NovaScreen) to be a very potent serotonin reuptake inhibitor (more so than imipramine) and a PDE4-inhibitor (less so than rolipram). This receptor-specific activity, and some receptor activities found on nicotinic, dopamine and nor-adrenaline sites certainly validate the traditional uses, and suggest additional therapeutic potential.

 

INDICATIONS

Restless sleep & nightmares; Attention Deficit Disorder; Depression;  Anxiety; Addiction  rehabilitation support as part of a formal programme; hot flashes and mood swings in menopause; low & seasonal mood disorder; smoking cessation support; and post-traumatic stress disorder support.


Kanna has significant mood-elevating and anti-anxiety properties. In doses as low as 50 mg users report improvements in mood, decreased anxiety, relaxation and a sense of well-being. At higher dosages near 100 mg, it acts as a calming euphoriant and empathogen. Users report increased personal insight, interpersonal ease and a meditative, grounded feeling without any perceptual dulling. In fact some note enhanced tactile and sexual response.

 

CONTRA INDICATIONS

Patients with a hypersensitivity to the plant. Not to be taken during pregnancy. Kanna (Sceletium Tortuosum) must never be combined with an SSRI, MAOI, or other psychiatric medications, cardiac medications, alcohol and cannabis.

 

 

 

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