What is Sceletium tortuosum?
Sceletium information: S tortuosum is the botanical name of the plant, which is also known as Kanna, Channa or Kougoed. The plant are harvested and dried. We have a special regulations and methods of harvesting the wild crafted Sceletium to secure sustainability of this wonderful herb. After harvesting, we dry our Kanna material naturally in the wind, under shade in the sun.
Kanna grows in the dry areas of South Africa – in the Karoo areas, however, the plant are easily cultivated anywhere, but one should try to create a similar, hot environment as the plant’s natural habitat. Due to Sceletium’s medicinal properties, there are investigations pending by pharmaceutical companies, which were granted certain Rights by the South African government. Thus being said, there are no official test been done as yet or any clinical trials on the Sceletium plant.
Many years ago, South African hunters and hunter-gatheres used Sceletium tortuosum as a mood uplifter. The plant was first illustrated in 1685, although usage of the plant dates even further back to about 1662.
Kanna had been chewed, hence the name ‘kougoed’ in Afrikaans, as quid, then the saliva was swallowed. Bushmen used to put it in the ground underneath campfires and chewed the plant after it had been heated up by the coals of the fire. Kanna was used in the time of Jan van Riebeeck as an item of barter – records are found in the Castle of Cape Town.
Other methods to use kanna to elevate mood and fighting tension, stress and depression, was by brewing a tea tincture, inhaling it as a snuff and also smoked, either on it’s own, or making a brew with other herbs. Read about the recommended dosage here.
Description: Tan to dark brown powder
Origin and plant part: Sceletium tortuosum aerial stems
Taste and Odor: Typical, bitter
Country of origin: South Africa
Particle size: 40 to 80 mesh for encapsulation purposes.
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