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Our blend of ingredients for the current composition of our product are Vegetable Glycerin, and an herbal blend featuring Kanna (Sceletium Tortuosum).
Kanna is a small groundcover plant native to Southern Africa. For hundreds of years the Hottentots of Southern Africa used Kanna as a mood enhancer, relaxant and empathogen. It is also known as Kauwgoed, Kougoed and Canna. Historically Kanna was chewed, smoked or used as snuff producing euphoria and alertness which gently fade into relaxation. If chewed in sufficient quantity Kanna has a mild aneasthetic effect in the mouth, much like kava, and is used by the San tribes if you are about to have a tooth extracted, or in minute doses, for children with colic. A tea made from Kanna is sometimes used to wean alcoholics off alcohol.
Containing approximately one to two percent total alkaloids, with a combined 0.89 percent of the plant’s mesembrine in the leaves, flowers and stems. Indole alkaloids found in kanna are completely safe to consume and exhibit significant physiological effects on the peripheral and central nervous system. In fact, an amino acid called tryptophan is actually the biochemical precursor required to make indole alkaloids. In addition, indole alkaloids share structural similarities with the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is why kanna interacts advantageously with serotonin receptors in the brain.
Kanna is used to rebalance the brain and nervous system and thereby relieve symptoms of depression. Combined with other well-known herbs, this formulation has been proven to be extremely effective and safe.
Due to its all-natural, alkaloid-based, anxiolytic properties, kanna provides the following benefits without causing negative side effects:
· Calms nerves, eases agitation produced by anxiety and chronic stress.
· Slows racing thoughts, which sometimes inhibits the ability to fall asleep.
· Relieves depression and health issues related to depression, like aching muscles, lethargy, “fuzzy” thinking, mental fatigue and migraine.
· Has appetite-suppressant qualities when taken in higher doses.
Some South African people use kanna to relieve toothaches by plugging a cavity with a wad of kanna leaves. Since only a few of kanna’s alkaloids have been classified, some as-yet-detected analgesic alkaloids may provide remarkable, pain-relieving abilities that are not yet officially documented. A higher dosage of kanna provides stimulatory properties that infuses the user with energy and a sense of well-being and optimism. In addition, kanna is non-habit forming and does not affect areas of the brain involved in the addiction process, in contrast to prescription antidepressants or pain relievers that carry a strong risk of addiction when used for even short periods.
By blocking the reuptake of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood, sleep, appetite and libido, kanna keeps sufficient amounts of serotonin in the brain to stop depression and anxiety. When serotonin is prevented from being released into the brain due to chemical dysregulation, moodiness, anxiety, insomnia, lack of libido and appetite problems occur.
In individuals suffering from depression, the neurotransmitter serotonin (also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine) is lacking. Mesembrine slows down the re-uptake process, making it more probable there will be more serotonin in the relevant receptors, greatly increasing the possibility that there will be sufficient levels to set up the signal transfer in all neighboring neurons. Mesembrine allows the brain to function with reduced levels of serotonin, allowing time for natural levels to build up, whereupon the mesembrine dosage can be reduced or eliminated.
People who cannot shake these unwanted and often debilitating symptoms usually seek help from their doctor, who writes them a prescription for an antidepressant such as Paxil, Prozac or Effexor. No severe adverse effects have ever been reported by kanna users. However, prescription antidepressants are well-known to produce nausea, headache, insomnia, daytime fatigue, weight gain, dizziness and in rare cases, suicide ideation.
Kanna is not a hallucinogenic and will not produce auditory or visual hallucinations. Erroneous literature describing kanna as a psychoactive drug is not based on laboratory-directed research but instead comes from pharmaceutical companies that do not want effective herbs such as kanna to be discovered as a safe, affordable and natural alternative to synthetic medications produced by their companies.
Very few people experience side-effects. The reported side-effects include occasional episodes of:
Slight nausea, no vomiting
Soft stool or loose stool with no cramping
Transient increase in anxiety or irritability an hour after initiating treatment, which resolves after an hour or so
Insomnia: corrected by lowering the dose or taking the product not later than midday
A feeling of sedation: corrected by taking the product as a single 50mg dose at night
NO severe adverse effects have been documented from using Kanna.
There have been no confirmed reports of drug interactions, however, because of the neuro-receptor activities there may be interactions with other pharmacokinetic drugs. People taking any psychiatric drug (including all anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, hypnotics, antidepressants and anti-psychotics and so-called designer or recreational drugs) or any cardiac medications, are advised not to use Kanna products.
As with most supplements and modern drugs, safety in pregnancy for Kanna has not been established.
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