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Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)

green yellow kanna


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Effect: Stimulate, become more social, mood lifterenhanced tactile and sexual response

How is it:  Burns slowly, should be snorted for maximum effects.

Pro: great potentiator, regular uses amplify its effect (priming)

Best with: Cannabis, alone

Benefits: reduce anxiety, stimulant

Sceletium tortuosum

Overview

Kanna (sceletium tortuosum), also commonly known as Channa or Kougoed, is a herb that grows in South Africa. The name Sceletium tortuosum means “something to chew” or “chewable things”. This  plant is known to have existed among the hunter-gatherers and pastoralists in South African since prehistoric times. The locals commonly used the plant as a mood altering substance. They ingested the herb by drying and chewing it, alternatively the tribesmen made it into a snuff for snorting or smoking.

Sceletium is usually harvested in early summer or spring since this is when the alkaloids are known to be highly concentrated in the plant. This is because these compounds appear to fluctuate seasonally during certain seasons. South African natives often fermented or dried the herb before chewing and swallowing the saliva. This plant has been made into gel caps, tinctures or drank as herbal teas to help alcoholics deal with their addiction.

Effects

The herb contains no less than 9 alkaloids which have various effects on people who ingest the herb or its products.

The alkaloids leads to elevated moods while reducing stress, anxiety and tension when chewed, smoked or sniffed.

People who needed to travel for long distances especially in semiarid areas used it as an appetite suppressant and analgesic by chewing and keeping it in the mouth for an extended period of time. Its intoxicating effect usually results into a feeling of euphoria due to initial stimulation and later sedation.

When smoked, chewed or sniffed in high doses it tends to cause inebriation, stimulation and sedation. Kanna is known to have the potential of enhancing effects of other psychoactive substances such as cannabis.

There are strong indications that the plant was used by the Hottentots to awaken their animal spirits and cause laughter as well as gaiety. During such times thousands of delightsome ideas would surface and they would be filled with pleasant jollity allowing them to laugh at simple jokes. When they chewed too much of the herb the locals often lost conscious and became delirious.

Medicinal Benefits

The Khoi-khoi and the San tribesmen often put a plug of the fermented herb as a concoction for relieving a painful tooth. Alternatively fresh leaf juice would be placed on the tongue or applied to the aching tooth for quick relief. They also used the plant as a general analgesic for stomach pains.

Kanna (sceletium tortuosum) is a confirmed source of mesembrine in the form of capsules or tablets. This is an important serotonin inhibitor that generally regulates the functions of the neurotransmitters in the brain. Basically the brain consists of various neurons which send and receive signals to and fro each other. They accomplish this by jumping the synapse or gap to other neurons in the neighbourhood; however they cannot jump over the gaps without some assistance.

This assistance comes in the form of neurotransmitters that fill the gap to enable the signal to pass through. The neurons on the receiving end have many points on their surfaces to act as a potential lock, each of this is a receptor that is influenced by a certain form of neurotransmitter. When there are sufficient levels of transmitters by relevant receptors an impulse by a nerve is started and the signal continues to the desired place. In order to allow the recovery of neuron to receive fresh messages the brain removes the neurotransmitter from neuron receptors. This allows it to be transmitted back to the nerves where it originated in a process commonly referred to as re-uptake.

Patients who suffer from depression usually lack the neurotransmitter serotonin. When mesembrine is administered it lowers the re-uptake process. This heightens the possibility of sufficient levels to put up signal transmission in all neighboring neurons.

Side effects

Generally the herb does not cause major side effects however there have been claims of drowsiness by some individuals.

Other side effects include:

Mild nausea
Increase in anxiety after onset of treatment
Insomnia, this is usually corrected by lowering the dosage
Mild headache (probably because too much was taken)
A feeling of sedation, this is often corrected by taking a single dose of 50mg at night

Legality

According to federal law Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) is legal to cultivate, possess, buy and distribute in the US without the requirement of a license. When sold for consumption it must conform to the standards set by the FDA however some states have stricter laws to control its use. The herb is uncontrolled in Canada, Poland and Australia. In South Africa it is sold as medicine but is subject to SA Medicines control.

Where to buy Sceletium powder

Quantity
3g-$7.99 (2.66$/g)-
7g-$9.00 (0.77$/g)
10g-$19.99 (2$/g)-
14g$11.95 (0.85$/g)--
1oz-$50.99 (1.82$/g)$20.00 (0.71$/g)
Extract?NoNoYes; 5x and 10x
Direct linkLinks aboveKanna - Pharma Powder
Kanna - Coarse Grade
Kanna
For snorting purposes, we recommend both powder from amazon or the one from Bouncing Bear Botanicals. They are both way cheaper than Arena Ethnobotanical's pharma grade powder.

For smoking purposes, we recommend the smoker's cut from Bouncing Bear Botanicals. It is, again, way cheaper than Arena Ethnobotanical's coarse grade kanna.

Ultimate bang for the buck is 1 ounce of kanna powder for 20$ at Bouncing Bear coming at 71 cents per gram.
We'll add more retailers in the future if their prices are better.

Kratom

History

kratom powder

Kratom, also called Mitragyna speciosa, is known as a psychoactive herbal remedy for many different types of ailments.  It was first discovered back in the 19th century in Indonesia.  This magic leaf was found to bring some very delightful qualities.  It was ascertained as having very influential effects with thr synchronization of the mind and body.  It was discovered to be a potent stimulant with pain-killing properties.  These leaves were used to alleviate some of the most common maladies of modern life such as fatigue, pain, muscle aches, and depression just to name a few. It can enable both depressant and stimulant psychoactive effects.

Effects

Depending on the dose taken, Kratom has several functions. It can be smoke but since you need a large quantity to feel any effects, it should be orally taken. When taking this herb in lower dosages, it brings its stimulant properties, and when taken in higher dosages, a more sedative-like effect is achieved.

Kratom is useful in the treatment of numerous ailments.  Taken in a high dose, it brings about high-spirited energy, contributes to a sense of well-being, making you feel pain free, active, strong, and optimistic.  When taken in lower dose, it can aid in restful sleep, has antidepressant and antianxiety effects, as well as analgesic and euphoric effects.

Research has shown that Kratom is a dependable and powerful herbal pain killer that can enhance social and professional skills while bringing superior motivation that can really help make it though your day.  It improves your concentration and greatly boosts memory and thinking processes.  There have also been reports that this herb can decrease the appetite and aid in weight loss. Kratom has been helpful in stopping pain caused by migraines.

Kratom is also useful for those suffering from addictions  such as narcotic medications or Opium.  Kratom will stop the withdrawal symptoms from becoming unbearable and helps to eliminate the pain that is often associated with withdrawal symptoms.  Kratom is advancing in its reputation in the treatment of many other drug addictions ranging from methadone to heroin.

It is worthy to note that consumption of Kratom among healthy adults has been used for centuries with no serious health risks or dangers.  There have not been any reported fatalities directly related to the use of Kratom.  With any herbal remedy, it is always best to be cautious and not abuse it.  There have not been any reports of overdosing.

Tips

When buying Kratom, keep in mind that there are many different types of Kratom.  For instance, there is Thailand Kratom, Indonesian Kratom, Berma, Malaysian, Australia, and Maeng Da Kratom.  Each time your order Kratom, keep in mind that it is not going to be exactly the same as the batch you had before, so to be on the safe side, always start with a low dose and work your way up.

Where to buy Kratom

Quantity
1oz (28g)$12.99 (0.46$/g)$10.00 (0.35$/g)
4oz (114g)$39.99 (0.35$/g)$37.00 (0.32$/g)
8oz (228g)$69.99 (0.30$/g)-
16oz (454g)-$145.00 (0.31$/g)
Extract?Yes; 8x Resin Extract, 15X Extract and Kratom 15x CapsulesYes; Ultra enhanced and 35x equivalent
As opposed to salvia divinorum, many retailers still carry kratom.
They don't sell it on amazon and ebay though. We can assume it is due to legal reasons.

We recommend Bouncing bear botanicals to buy your kratom.
There is many types of kratom; we used Bali Premium to create our table, but prices don't vary much from type to type.
We'll add more retailers in the future if their prices beat those we have here.

NB. Bouncing Bear Botanical carry a handy capsule-filling machine and capsules, useful to properly consumed Kratom.