It's very important to know that Sceletium tortuosum ( Kanna ) is an SSRI. SSRI is short for Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. It can be dangerous when mixed with the wrong things! You'd be suprised how common the wrong things are. Do not combine it with MAOI's like Ayahuasca vine, Passion Flower, Syrian Rue, Yohimbe, Kratom, and others. Using it in combination with the wrong things can be FATAL. It should not be combined with anti-depressants. Certain combinations of Kanna with other drugs, plants, or substances, can lead to a serotonin overdose. Symptoms include hyperthermia, sweating, increased heart rate, shivers, dilated pupils, rapid breathing, fever, confusion and organ failure.
Kanna, scientifically known as Sceletium tortuosum is yet another entheogenic plant native to Southern Africa. Like Lion's Tail ( wild dagga ), the Hottentots tribe of Southern Africa also used Kanna as a mood enhancer, relaxant, intoxicant, and empathogen. Empathogen is a term used to label a class of psychoactive substances that create emotional and social changes. This stuff is one of the most powerful ones that i've encountered. I think most vendors who sell it are concerned about its legality and really don't go out of their way to push it or talk too much about it. When I take it, I feel really good and then once it starts to wear off I become very tired.
Traditionally it was eaten, chewed, smoked or used as a snuff producing euphoric effects coupled with alertness that eventually faded into relaxation. Sufficient ammounts of it when chewed, produce anesthetic effects in the mouth. Anesthetic is a term that referrs to substances that provides pain relief, usually associated with a numbing sensation. Much like Kava Kava, it also has this ability to numb the mouth. The San tribes use it for patients about to have a tooth pulled, or for children with colic in smaller doses. It has even been utilized in assisting alcoholics to slowly lessen their alcohol intake. The plant itself actually produces a chemical that's called mesembrine. This means that this plant naturally produces anesthetic compounds and other varities of pharmacological constituents as well.
Kanna is prized for its effects that elevate mood and decrease anxiety, stress and tension. It's popular as a recreational alternative intoxicant. If I had to sum up my review with three words, they would be Not A Placebo! Great caution should be taken when someone is planning consumption of Kanna though as it is very powerful and not to be underestimated. This is because the plant is classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). This means it has profound effects on human neurochemistry, resulting in noticable psychoactive effects. In terms of dosage, it's a good idea to start as small as possible.
Remember "spice", that fake synthetic Marijuana-immitation garbage from the twi-light zone? What a terrible thing right? Did you know that the Khoikhoi people of South Western Africa made their own herbal smoking blends, except instead of being laced with synthetics, they were combinations of herbs laced with Cannabis? The Khoikhoi would create herbal smoking mixtures using Cannabis and other herbs including Kanna. Other plants that they often combined in smoking mixtures were Damiana, Blue Lotus, Wild Dagga, Tongkat ali and Ginseng. Remember the precaution section at the beginning of this page, and use extreme caution after conductiong through research.
Kanna is one of many of the entheogens listed on BotanicalGuides.com which are native to Africa, and have been prized there for centuries. Entheogenic plant use, or the use of different intoxicating plant species is believed to have gone on as long as history has been recorded. Many of these plants are really only found in certain parts of the world where the are native. The climate there is also such a way that it permits their growth. These cultures have embraced the use of these native intoxicating plant species for many generations.
I am thankful that groups of people out there stumbled upon and discovered the benefits of plants like Kanna. If it weren't for them, I would probably never have gotten to experience such a majestic plant capable of altering my perception into such peaceful and blis states of existence. We owe it to them to learn more and spread the knowledge. Consider studying phytochemistry in school. You can share with the world the scientific facts regarding the chemical constituents that these plants create.
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