If you’ve been to our store recently or are familiar with different types of holistic medicine, you may have seen products that contain Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum). This indigenous South African plant that has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes for thousands of years. These plants are in the succulent family and are used for energy, euphoria and mood-uplifting effects.
The plant has been used for thousands of years by the native San and Khoikhoi tribes of South Africa as a daily energy booster and thirst quencher. It was also used for spiritual, social and healing purposes. Now, certain properties from Kanna extract are being isolated and researched for potential effects on mental and physical well-being.
Does Kanna Get You High?
Unlike THC and other hemp-derived compounds, Sceletium tortuosum is non-intoxicating. However, many users may experience euphoric effects that can be perceived as psychoactive. Many Kanna products are mixed with delta 8 or other cannabis-derived compounds to enhance its effects and provide a mild buzz.
In fact, Kanna has been nicknamed by some as nature’s MDMA, without the harsh comedown or adverse health effects associated with the popular party drug. Like CBD, this herb has been shown to be helpful in treating certain mental health conditions in some users.
Kanna for Anxiety and Depression
There is limited research on Kanna and its potential benefits and risks. Early studies have shown that it aids in boosting serotonin reuptake in the brain, improves focus, memory and cognitive function. Because of it’s effects on cognitive issues, researchers hypothesize that it may be helpful for some Alzheimer’s patients.
For users who typically use cannabis products, Sceletium tortuosum may also be a great alternative for daytime anxiety relief. Although some researchers warn against taking too much of the herb, as it can cause many side effects similar to high doses of THC; anxiety, paranoia and increased heart rate. Studies have also been conducted for on the plant’s potential asset as an antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and antioxidant.
Where Can I Find Kanna?
Kanna extract and other products can usually be found at certain herbal and holistic retailers or manufacturers. At Modern Apotheca, we carry an exciting new product from Galaxy Treats that contains delta 8 and Sceletium tortuosum extract. The Delta-K gummies contain 15 mg of delta 8 and 10 mg of Kanna extract per gummy. Most users report a euphoric, uplifting buzz with a relaxing body effect.
Many of our customers enjoy these gummies during or after exercise, to boost creativity or for anxiety and depression. Are you ready to try it for the first time? Stop by our Raleigh storefront or order online for same-day delivery. Leave us a comment below with questions or comments.