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Kanna Cultivation: Growing Kanna

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Kanna Cultivation: Growing Kanna

SCELETIUM is a small genus of low growing succulent shrubs in the ice plant family (Aizoaceae) endemic to the karroid areas of Western, Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces, South Africa. The succulent leaves grow in pairs and eventually die away leaving persistent leaf vein skeletons clothing the lower stems, which protect the plants from adverse environmental conditions. The small flowers vary in color from white to yellow and occasionally pale orange or pink. Most of the species are practically unknown in cultivation and endangered in habitat. Plant gatherers in South Africa have observed...

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Kanna History

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Lost Khoisan Tribe   The Forgotten People of the West Coast: Who were the Khoisan? Khoikhoi peopleThe coastal regions of the south-western Cape were densely occupied by pastoralists, or herders, known as the Khoikhoi. The West Coast region was the land of the CochoQua, which included Saldanha Bay to Vredenburg. The ChariGuriQua or GuriQua occupied the lower Berg River area, St Helena Bay and points around Piketberg. Khoikhoi Culture: A Brief Introduction The Khoikhoi culture were responsible for the discovery and widespread use of Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna), which is gaining in popularity...

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Kanna and Mesembrine

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Pharmaceutical Biology 1998, Vol.36, No.3, pp. 173-179 © Swets & Zeitlinger The Distribution of Mesembrine Alkaloids in Selected Taxa of Kanna and their Modification in the Sceletium Derived `Kougoed’ Michael T. Smith , Courtney R. Field , Neil R. Crouch and Manton Hirst Univ. Natal, Botany Dept., Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Natal Herbarium, Ethnobotany Programme, National Botanical Institute Kaffrarian Museum, Kingwilliam’s Town, South Africa Twenty species from nine genera of the Mesembryanthemaceae (Aptenia, Bergeranthus, Delosperma, Drosanthemum, Glottiphyllum,...

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Medical Use of Kanna

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What is it? By isolating this and other bio-chemically active compounds, researchers are now confirming what many people have known for many hundreds of years: that Sceletium has a remarkable ability to effectively treat symptoms of anxiety. Mesembrine is an alkaloid which is derived from the Sceletium Tortuosum plant and is now being acknowledged as a key active component in the ability of the plant to produce beneficial effects (closely related to it are the alkaloids mesembrenone, mesembrenol and tortuosamine, which are also present and produce very similar effects to mesembrine). It is a...

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Kanna Experiences

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Personal report by cRockadile on several ingestion methods » Kanna and a Meditation experience » Research submitted to the Journal of Ethnopharmacology » Empathogenic Effects by Groot Van derGros » Buy Kanna from a supplier who doesn’t strip the indigenous lands of this beautiful plant » TESTIMONY FROM KANNA CUSTOMER: “I can not get over how effective Kanna is. I have been prescribed Prozac for a number of years, but it makes me jittery and sometimes makes me bounce off the walls. I always take it, though, because my mental state is even worse when I don’t take it. Kanna is...

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