***This listing is for 1oz of dried leaf***
Kanna is a South African herb reported to possess antidepressant, anxiolytic, and empathogenic effects. It was traditionally used by pastoralists and hunter-gatherers to enhance their mood and increase their energy. It possesses activity as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, VMAT2 inhibitor, and PDE4 inhibitor.
The primary active compounds in kanna are thought to be mesembrine, mesembrenone, mesembrenol, and tortuosamine.
Kanna was traditionally chewed fresh, but the dried leaf can be brewed into tea on it's own or with a few other herbs. A common dose is between 0.25-2 grams. It's best to start with a low dose and taper up since it's effects can be quite potent for some. Some reports also indicate a "priming" where effects are not noticed until it has been taken several times.
NOTE: Since it increases serotonin and dopamine, kanna should never be combined with SSRI, MAOI, or amphetamine medications. It may also potentiate the effects of common stimulants like caffeine.