Learn | 08.03.2022

What Is Kanna: The New Kid On The On The Block

So-called nature's MDMA, this plant is stealing the show. Is it really as good as it sounds?

Don’t be fooled by its name, Kanna is not related to cannabis, but it does have very similar effects that are quite appreciated by consumers.

We know you have questions, and we have the answers.

What Is Kanna?

First things first. What the heck is Kanna? Well, Kanna or sceletium tortuosum is an indigenous succulent plant from South Africa that has been traditionally used as a natural mood enhancer.

It is also known as kauwgoed and channa, which translates as “something to chew” or “it’s chewable.”

When introduced into the body, it acts on the brain to instill a sense of calm and happiness while also being able to moderate brain signals that cause anxiety and worries. When taken in large doses, Kanna has even been reported to induce feelings of euphoria.

In many places, it is being called the natural MDMA, probably because it can have very positive effects at the level of euphoria in a more controlled and gentle way.

Kanna's History

The indigenous tribes of South Africa have used this plant as an herbal remedy for hundreds of years. Its use dates back to prehistoric times, when hunter-gatherers of the native San and Khoikhoi tribes roamed the land.

The plant can be chewed, brewed into teas or smoked. Traditionally, South Africans use kanna to relieve anxiety or stress, quench thirst, combat fatigue or for healing and spiritual purposes.

It is currently stealing the spotlight as its properties are highly appreciated.

Benefits & Effects

Kanna has been used for many years, and some of the reported benefits are associated with the way its compounds react with the brain.

The main compounds in the plant are the alkaloids, which react in a similar way with the endocannabinoid system in us as do cannabinoids, for example, Delta 8 or Delta 9.

By consuming Kanna, especially in the company of cannabis, you are likely to experience:

  • Improved mood
  • Increased sociability
  • Improved sensory perception
  • Relaxation and tranquility
  • Increased concentration
  • A healthy response to stress
  • Improved cognitive flexibility
  • Pain relief
  • Improved anxiety

When consumed, there may initially be increased alertness and increased energy, which then turns into a more sedating relaxation.

Side Effects Of Kanna

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In the rare event that side effects occur, they may include mild gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches or irregular bowel movements.

Is Kanna Safe?

More in-depth studies are still needed, currently there is not much evidence to show short or long term effects, most of what is known is anecdotal.

Because kanna is not an FDA approved product, specific dosing guidelines have not been established.

Kanna can produce varied effects depending on the user and the quality of the product, so the general rule is to start with a lower dose.

Kanna may interact with some medications taken for depression, such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Therefore, it is suggested not to consume them simultaneously. If you have doubts always consult your doctor.

Can Kanna Be Combined With Cannabis?

The short answer is: yes, you can. But it’s up to you.

Taking kanna with weed can increase your mood boost, and it is generally believed that both plants work very well together enhancing the entourage effect.

Since kanna induces relaxation, it can help dampen any anxiety that cannabis may cause.

As with anything to do with cannabis, start gentle and establish your tolerance. These are two very potent plants that potentiate each other. Always go slow.

Ways To Consume Kanna

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There are several ways to consume Kanna, usually together with cannabis. In theory, you could smoke or vaporize, drink it in tea, and thanks to Galaxy Treats, you can now consume it in gummy form.

Yes, Galaxy Treats Delta K Gummies are the first of their kind and are now available for everyone.

Delta K Gummies, an exclusive Galaxy Treats product, contains an innovative blend of Delta 8 THC and Kanna. These gummies will give you an experience like never before.

Each gummy contains 15 mg of THC Delta 8 and 10 mg of Kanna. These gummies can help you to improve your mood, energize you and give you euphoric feelings.

The perfect choice if you want to try this novel plant and combination.

Final Opinion

Kanna is probably not as potent as MDMA, but it is a natural alternative that, combined with the cannabinoids of our beloved plant, can be quite powerful.

Its potential effects are quite promising with no major side effects, and being on the side of nature gives it a huge plus.

Keep an eye open for this plant, it is quite promising, and we will surely be hearing a lot about it and seeing releases of new products containing it.

The best option to try it? Galaxy Treats.

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