Kanna gum is a natural mood support that improves the state of mind and reduces anxiety. It can also increase empathy, feelings of connection and wellbeing. It works by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin and other neurotransmitters.*
The main alkaloids in kanna (Scletium tortuosum) have been shown to have anxiolytic and mood-enhancing properties. These include mesembrine, mesembrenone, and mesembranol, which block the reuptake of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, all of which are known to have anxiolytic effects.*
Traditionally, the native tribes of Southern Africa would chew the fermented kanna plant material releasing its active ingredients in the process. This method is still used today, and is the best way to experience the full spectrum of kanna’s benefits.*
Chewing Bliss: The Benefits and Use of Kanna Gum for Relaxation
A modern alternative is to take kanna in tincture form. A tincture is a concentrated liquid extract that contains the same active components as the whole kanna plant.*
This can be mixed with water or other liquid to use as a swig. It is very easy to do and can be made at home with a jar, dropper and some raw kanna powder.
KA! Empathogenics’s kanna tincture is crafted with the intention of recalibrating your brain to help you feel more alive and connected.* It combines 30 milligrams of high-potency standardized kanna extract with a blend of pure botanicals like lavender, mint, snow lotus and “tongue and spirit tickling” acmella along with biodegradable acacia gum.*