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Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) is a potent and legal plant. It can be smoked, chewed, drank and snorted. It is especially potent when snorted. It interacts strongly with other drugs and herbs. It is often rumored to be an SSRi, although there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

How to useEdit

Kanna may not do much at first, but if you use it repeatedly for several days you will definitely feel its effects.

SmokedEdit

This is the most common method of administration. Effects are nearly instantaneous.

OralEdit

Kanna should always be taken on an empty stomach when used orally. A dose of 50mg-500mg should be sufficient, although reports vary. Onset is anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes....

InsufflatedEdit

Snorting Kanna is by far strongest method of administration, giving the shortest experience and using the least material. It may produce a strong burning sensation in the nasal passage, as most drugs do when snorted (with the possible exception of cocaine). A dose of 20mg-100mg should be sufficient. If more is needed, your kanna is extremely weak. 500mg would be considered an intense overdose if snorted, while it's an active dose for oral use.

SublingualEdit

Some users put kanna under their tounge, or stick some powder in a piece of gum and chew on it. This is more effective than oral usage, but less effective than smoking.

Potency FluctuationsEdit

Kanna can not simply be picked and smoked or chewed, it must be "fermented" first, although the process seems to involve crushing/cutting then heating (in the hot sun) rather than actual fermentation action by bacteria. Kanna also slowly loses it's potency over time. It is important to have a good source of quality kanna, which does not necessarily mean that it will cost more.

Active AlkaloidEdit

The alkaloids contained in Kanna believed to possess psychoactivity include: mesembrine, mesembrenone, mesembrenol and tortuosamine. Mesembrine is a major alkaloid present in Sceletium tortuosum. One patent claims that mesembrine is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, although there is currently no peer reviewed scientific literature to confirm this claim. It is also believed to be a PDE4-inhibitor due to a strikingly similar chemical makeup and effects profile in comparison to a chemical named rolipram.

Sceletium tortuosum contains about 1-1.5% total alkaloids. There is about 0.3% mesembrine in the leaves and 0.86% in the stems of the plant.

InteractionsEdit

Here are some good kanna combinations:

- kanna & cannabis - increases the effects of the cannabis about 3-fold imo, plus takes off any unpleasant nervy effects.

- kanna & damiana - like *mild* hashish in effect - trouble is that you need to smoke too much damiana, it's best to use 5g+ of damiana as tea and then smoke 100-200mg of kanna afterwards.

- kanna & 2-AI (synthetic) - ingest about 1g of pharma-grade kanna with 100mg of 2-AI, a synthetic stimulant - awesome body-rushes and tingles - amazing for sex - these two things are magical together (2-AI is fairly boring solo) - good weeknight buzz, as it's not too prolonged. Smoke a bit of kanna later on for top-ups!

-source: dreambunz ([1])
  • Cannabis: Kanna can make cannabis three times as potent. (additional source: [[2]])
  • Phenethylamines: Kanna, even a little bit, will bring people down almost immediately because it is an SSRi. This is probably also true for tryptamines. (source: [[3]])
  • JWH-018 and Spice alternatives. It is thought that Chillin XXX is simply a mixture of Kanna and Spice.
  • Dagga Kanna mixes very well with dagga. IAS sells the two in a resin together.
  • Lotus Mixes well with kanna [1]
  • Damiana Kanna mixes well with effectual doses of damiana

Priming & Effective UsageEdit

Kanna responds to priming. Dosing regularly, or daily, will help amplify the effects. Many users claim in order to feel the full effects priming is necessary.

When taken orally Sceletium should ALWAYS be taken on an empty stomach. If you take it with food, it cancels out the effect of the sceletium almost completely. Also, some herbs go great with sceletium (for example Tongkat Ali, and American Ginseng) but rhodiola and kava are not recommended to be taken with sceletium. They seem to make you extremely tired when mixed. But it is not that bad, and it may not affect you that way, but Ken Johnson, the owner, says it is an extremely heavy and irritating feeling to mix sceletium and kava or rhodiola for him. It is fine if you take them several hours apart, but it is not recommended to take them both at the same time.[4]

Quotes from GTEdit

It may not do much for you at first, but stick with kanna for a few days and it will work, and when it does you will understand why some people like it so much.
-dreambunz (quick question... [5])

i have tried kanna from 3 different vendors and i loved the kanna from therootof thematter.ca, it is absolutely the most potent i have tried and it is fermented to make it taste less nasty. if you decide to order from them, email the shopowner, because it is only listed as capsules on the site, you probably want the straight powder (least expensive)... second place goes to herbhut, third place iamshaman.

-replicant76cs (your favorite kanna [6])
I've only had it from therootofthematter and it's excellent. I might even enjoy it more than kratom..**gasp**!

I enjoy putting about 1/8 tsp on some gum. Gives me the most pleasant effects.

-bpnd (your favorite kanna [7])

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