Like other chronic and seemingly intractable illnesses, the incidence of depression is reaching epidemic levels. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. It’s a complex and notoriously difficult to treat condition. It often occurs alongside comorbidities such as anxiety, chronic pain and obesity, but it may also present as an isolated issue with no obvious underlying cause(s). The reduced quality of life caused by depression is difficult for patients to soldier through, and healthcare professionals may feel frustrated that they have limited options to offer patients beyond pharmaceutical drugs that frequently induce side-effects that may be nearly as unpleasant as the depression, itself. Patients and medical professionals alike are seeking natural remedies that are safe and effective for combating depression. Commonly employed compounds include St. John’s wort, 5-HTP, and vitamins B6, B12, and folate. A lesser-known but efficacious compound for boosting mood as well as addressing some of the other issues that may occur along with depression—anxiety, in particular—is sceletium, also known as Kanna, Channa, or Kougoed. This extract is considered a nootropic, and comes [...]
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For thousands of years, the Khoikhoi and San people of South Africa harvested this herb for its effects on the mind and body. It’s a powerful antidepressant with few side effects, and you can grow it in your living room. Read on to find out more about kanna. What is Sceletium Tortuosum (Kanna)? Sceletium tortuosum is a South African succulent plant. Local people traditionally ferment the plant into its medicinal form—called kanna, channa, or kougoed—and chew it to relieve hunger, thirst, and pain. Centuries-old reports of its use describe hunters and farmers washing their aching legs with kanna. Kanna is also a psychoactive herb: it is used to reduce anxiety and stress, but it is neither hallucinogenic nor addictive. Modern scientific research suggests that kanna may, in fact, be a very useful herb. Its active compounds may help with anxiety and depression, improve mood, and kill pain. PROS Fights anxiety and depression Promotes feelings of calm and focus May relieve pain Suppresses hunger Long history of traditional use Extremely safe at all tested doses No apparent risk of addiction Can be grown as a houseplant CONS Very limited modern research pool Will not work for everyone [...]
“We elect Sceletium tortuous, also known as Kanna, as the herb of the year - not only for its heart-opening qualities but myriad other benefits." Sceletium is one of the most usable herbs for mental and emotional wellness. It has wide and profoundly efficacious application in many areas, and is a unique botanical treasure. Growing only in a small arid region of South Africa, this tiny succulent ground-cover has been used and revered by the San (Bushmen) and Khoikhoi (Hottentot) people for longer than history records. This legacy, which they have lovingly stewarded since ancient times, is their gift to us; and in perfect timing for the needs of the world today. It is truly the great plant of the heart, enlivening the heart where it is active and restoring it where it has been lost. Not only does Sceletium regenerate the capacity for deep empathy and love, it also mediates the entire mind and nervous system in the direction of calm, clear centeredness and spacious feeling. In this age of sensory overload, stress, busyness, anxiety and disconnection that so many people suffer, Sceletium is the perfect ally. The name Sceletium comes from the Latin Sceletus [...]
Kannaland The succulent herb kanna is indigenous to South-Africa. Before colonization this area was inhabited by two tribes: the Khoikhoi (formerly known as Hottentots) and the San (formerly known as Bushmen). Both were hunter-gatherers, but over time the Khoikhoi turned towards pastoralism. Gericke and Viljoen (2008) write that plants of the genus Sceletium have been used for millennia ‘to relief thirst and hunger, to combat fatigue, as medicines, and for social and spiritual purposes’. Their common background explains cultural similarities between the tribes that both associate the sacred ‘eland antelope’ with Sceletium tortuosum and call it by the same name: ‘kanna’. According to Paterson, a traveller at the end of the 18th century, the area where the plant was found was called ‘Channaland’ by its local inhabitants. Nienaber and Raper interpreted this as ‘a reflection of the fact that Sceletium and eland co-occurred in abundance.’ This image can be viewed in Kamberg Rock Art Center in Ukhalamba-Drakensberg Park in South Africa. The eland antelope was one of the main objects of hunt for the Khoikhoi and San and widely features in rock art. It was symbolically associated with fertility, marriage, rainmaking, divination, trance, dance and healing. [...]
Do you always feel tired, stressed out, or anxious from the hustle and bussle of everyday life? Overbearing boss at work have you sweating at your company meetings?Rather than turning to a shrink for some prescription drugs, why not take a walk on the more natural side and invest in one of nature's oldest feel good remedies that also can improve your cognitive function.We're digging into sceletium tortuosum today, and if you tried it before, you'll be running to grab some after reading this!What is Sceletium Tortuosum?Also known as kanna, sceletium tortuosum is a herb traditionally chewed prior to stressful situations.Sceletium tortuosum has been used for hundreds of years by South Africans to improve mood and cope with stressful situations.In fact, some accounts state that small doses of the herb mixed with a teaspoon of breast milk have been used in rural areas as a remedy for children battling cholic - interestingly enough, this practice still takes place in rural areas to this very day!Although the plant was chewed fresh at times, it was also dried and used to make tinctures (medicines) and teas. Some less common methods of consuming kanna included smoking or inhaling as snuff, [...]
Among the many thousands of plants used medicinally around the world, about a hundred or so are mind and mood-modifying. Now, a plant from South Africa has made its way to North America, and it too promises significant mind enhancing effects. Sceletium tortuosum, known by the native San people of South Africa as “Kanna,” enjoys a long history of native use – as early as 1662. The San people used to pick the plant, bury it to ferment it, then dry it. Once dried, sceletium was eaten, used as a snuff or even smoked, to produce its potent effects. The plant was also sometimes used as currency. A good way to describe the effects of sceletium is through a simple metaphor. Think of your mind as a reasonably well-tuned four cylinder engine. About half an hour after consuming between 50 - 100 milligrams of sceletium, your mind is more like a twelve cylinder, turbo-charged racing engine. Soon your mind is overcome with startling clarity, a feeling that anything is possible, and a seemingly endless capacity for ideas and mental work. If coffee is a pick-me-up, sceletium is a jet ride to mental brilliance. The staggering effects [...]