What is Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna)?

Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna) is a small ground cover plant native to Southern Africa. For hundreds of years the Hottentots of Southern Africa used Sceletium tortuosum as a mood enhancer, relaxant and empathogen. It is also known as Kauwgoed,Kougoed and Kanna.

Benefits and Uses

*Tablets and capsules of Sceletium (Kanna) are being used successfully by a number of psychiatrists, psychologists and doctors with excellent results for anxiety states and mild to moderate depression; and they can also be used by the lay public as supplements to elevate mood and for stress and tension.
*In addition to Sceletium's ( Kanna's) common use for the stress and mental fatigue of modern industrial living, Sceletium has been used as a natural supplement in:
  • Uplifts the mood
  • Decrease anxiety, stress and tension
  • Gives you energy
*Sceletium elevates mood and decreases anxiety, stress and tension. It has also been used as an appetite suppressant by shepherds walking long distances in arid areas. In intoxicating doses it can cause euphoria, initially with stimulation and later with sedation. Long-term use in the local context followed by abstinence has not been reported to result in a withdrawal state. The plant is not hallucinogenic, and no severe adverse effects have been documented.
*Sceletium is also being used as a natural anti-depressant that is said to be safer than many pharmaceutical alternatives.
*Individuals suffering from depression and anxiety can benefit from Sceletium.
Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna) was chewed, smoked or used as snuff producing euphoria and alertness which gently fade into relaxation. If chewed in sufficient quantity Sceletium has a mild anesthetic effect in the mouth, much like kava, and is used by the San tribes if you are about to have a tooth extracted, or in minute doses, for children with colic. A tea made from Sceletium is sometimes used to wean alcoholics off alcohol.
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