Published: December 28th, 2016
Categories: Plants and Seeds
In like manner of cannabis, Kanna provides a natural way to lift your mood. Also known as Channa and Kougoed, Kanna is the dried plant matter of the plant Sceletium tortuosum. Not only is it easy to grow, but you can also cultivate it virtually anywhere across the globe if you're able to bring it indoors.
At present, Kanna is being investigated by pharmaceutical companies due to its potential of altering your mood for the better. Kanna, in particular, has a natural ability to copy the SSRI mechanism, which prevents serotonin re-uptake. For this reason, Western countries have embraced using it as an anti-depressant. In fact, Kanna may even someday sell as an over-the-counter medicine. But what else can Kanna do? In addition to working as a mood elevator, Kanna has many other effects that you should learn.
Although some individuals report feeling shy on Kanna, many feel as though the substance helps them better communicate with others. Not only does Kanna relieve anxiety, but it also helps you feel less insecure and more confident. In fact, some even say it heightens sexual arousal and increases skin sensitivity, though it's rare.
Because Sceletium tortuosum can make anxiety and depression disappear with just a small dose, some say Kanna puts them in a meditative and tranquil state. Thus, they are better able to focus on their thoughts and appreciate the world around them. However, others say Kanna can make you feel distant and disconnected from situations that they typically enjoy. Although this feeling isn't ideal for certain circumstances, it can be beneficial when it comes to situations that make you nervous, like speaking in public.
In moderate doses, Kanna can provide an extra boost of energy. As a matter of fact, some users report experiencing tingling sensations, ones that will make you want to sing and dance. Moreover, Kanna can help you think more clearly and sharpen your focus.
If consumed in higher doses, Kanna works as a sedative, which is an advantage both mentally and physically. In addition to relaxing your muscles, Kanna will also relax your mind. However, this stage may also impair your concentration and focus.
When consuming Kanna with cannabis and alcohol, mild visions may result. In fact, the Khoikhoi, a lost South African tribe, would smoke Kanna as part of an herbal mix that included cannabis. Although you may experience visions when combining Kanna with cannabis and alcohol, it is not a hallucinogenic. On the contrary, Kanna only slightly alters your visual perception. For example, colors may be softer and objects may appear to have a glow surrounding them.
Kanna can cause mild headaches and nausea. Moreover, it's known to elevate your blood pressure and cause soft and sometimes loose stools. Some say that Kanna also gives you a dry mouth, makes you drowsy, and causes dizzy spells. Therefore, driving or operating heavy equipment is not recommended while using Kanna. Although some also report insomnia, this can be prevented by avoiding nighttime use.
As the effects of Kanna begin to wear off, some say they feel increased anxiety and irritability. However, taking a second dose can prevent the two. On the other hand, doing so will eventually cause worsened effects that will outweigh the good ones.
When it comes to the effects of Kanna, it all depends on your mental state and your physical/social environment. Sceletium tortuosum in particular, requires natural serotonin to work, which prevents the breakdown of the neurotransmitter without producing new supplies. Therefore, Kanna works more pleasantly when participating in an activity that you enjoy.
Kanna is capable of providing relief for those that experience depressive feelings. However, its mood-altering abilities are influenced by things like physical exercise and social settings or lack thereof. With this in mind, it's best to keep these things in mind before choosing to self-medicate with Kanna.