Kanna 13/07/2020

Kanna, in Latin Sceletium tortuosum, is a small plant growing to a height of about 30 centimeters. It grows almost exclusively in South Africa, its cultivation is so demanding that the conditions of other areas do not suit it. It parades with beautiful flowers that can be colored white, yellow, orange or pink. For its users, however, the far more interesting parts of the plant are leaves. These are collected and dried and then used in various forms to produce desired effects.


Kanna has been a favorite herb in South Africa since ancient times for indigenous hunters and gatherers, who used its miraculous effects on long expeditions to sharpen the senses, improve mood and drive away hunger. It was also part of spiritual rituals and had its place in traditional healing.

For the first time, Kanna was officially described in 1662 by Dutch explorer Jan Van Riebeeck, who traveled through Africa and noticed that the tribes there chew a specific herb that helps them survive in difficult conditions. This herb was further investigated and subsequently described under the Latin name Sceletium tortuosum.

Today, Kanna is being researched by various pharmaceutical companies that investigate the effects of its alkaloids in more detail. It is believed that it could work much better than today’s chemical drugs. And even without the unpleasant side effects.

Divoce rostoucí Kanna v jihoafrické divočině


Kanna acts as SSRI. The contained alkaloids – especially mesembrine and mesembrenone – cause psychoactive effects by binding to the serotonin receptors of our nervous system.


Kanna acts as a natural antidepressant. It improves mood, relieves stress, tension and anxiety. Individuals become more friendly and open, so it’s easy for them to socialize and communicate. Kanna’s euphoric effects are also suitable for relaxation. Recent studies confirm the positive effects on concentration and attention – Kanna also acts as a nootropic.

Effects occur within 10 minutes and last up to 3 hours.




For optimum effect, 0.1 – 0.3 grams of the extract can be used.

The extract can be taken in almost any way – in the form of capsules, stirring in water, snuffing or putting it in your mouth and then chewing.


1 – 2 grams of powder can be used for optimal effect.



Kanna is based on SSRI. It must therefore not be combined with other antidepressants and MAOI-containing substances. These occur, for example, in Banisteriopsis Caapi or Passioflora incarnata. This could lead to overvoltage of serotonin receptors and serotonin syndrome!