Sceletium tortuosum (Kougoed, Kaugoed, Channa, Kanna)
Sceletium tortuosum is a succulent plant commonly found in South Africa, which is also known as Kanna, Channa, Kougoed —which literally means, 'chew things' or 'something to chew'
Kanna has been traditionally used by the South African Bushmen (San) and Hottentots (Khoikhoi) as a sacred herb in many ritualistic ceremonies. It shares its name with the eland antelope, which has been considered a sacred “trance” animal in this area since prehistoric times. Nowadays Kanna is more often used recreationally instead, though tea made from its leaves is also reported to be used as a pain reliever and to suppress hunger for the Bushmen.
The main active chemical in Kanna is mesembrine, which is also found in the Slender-Leaved Ice Plant.
We offer fermented Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna) powder and seeds.
WARNING! Kanna is believed to act as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). In combination with common psychiatric medications including other SSRIs (such as Prozac) and MAO Inhibitors, it may cause injury if it was ingested.