Sceletium tortuosum is a South African succulent plant. Local people traditionally ferment the plant into its medicinal form – called kanna, channa, or kougoed – and chew it to relieve hunger, thirst, and pain. Centuries-old reports of its use describe hunters and farmers washing their aching legs with kanna. Kanna is also a psychoactive herb: it is used to reduce anxiety and stress, but it is neither hallucinogenic nor addictive
Modern scientific research suggests that kanna may, in fact, be a very useful herb. Its active compounds may help with anxiety and depression, improve mood, and kill pain
FOR THOSE ON SSRI's PLEASE RESEARCH BEFORE TAKING KANNA
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibition
is a neurotransmitter with a wide array of important functions in your brain and in the rest of your body. It regulates mood,sleep, food intake, and a variety of behaviors.
Low serotonin levels or activity in certain parts of the brain can worsen mood and may lead to depression. On the other hand, activating specific serotonin receptors can trigger a psychedelic state with powerful feelings of mysticism and importance
Mesembrine from kanna is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor: it prevents serotonin from being absorbed and hidden away in the neurons. This could potentially allow serotonin to stay active for longer and have a stronger effect on the brain. This may also explain the mind-expanding effects of kanna some users report, although these have not been scientifically confirmed