Kanna is a succulent herb that grows in South Africa. It is one of the best examples of a true ethnobotanical plant…to put it simply, a plant that has a direct and mutually beneficial relationship with people. Kanna has been used for thousands of years. It is chewed, made into teas, made into tinctures, smoked and sometimes integrated into meals.
Scientific research has shown that Kanna has many interesting effects on human beings. It can alleviate anxiety, it is used as an appetite suppressant…handy when going on a long journey. It can provide extra energy. In South Africa it is revered, and looked at as a ‘jack of all trades’ medicinal plant.
Kanna contains a handful of powerful alkaloids. These include mesembrine, aptenia, mesembrenol, and tortuosamine. Scientists are still working out the precise mechanisms that make Kanna such an intriguing plant.
Now that Kanna is making a bigger entrance into new cultures, there are several issues that become readily apparent and important. Where can you buy the best Kanna? If you want to check it out for yourself, how do you go about it? Who can you trust when purchasing Kanna?
There are many vendors of ethnobotanical plants. As we discover more about the relationship between humans and plants, the market expands and the internet allows us to sample exotic plants that were previously unobtainable. Trust becomes important. If you have never seen Kanna and you don’t know much about it, there is a huge potential to be ripped off.
Ethnobotanicals are all the rage right now. As our trust in pharmaceutical companies plummets, we look toward plants to help us naturally. This is logical. It is also logical that unethical people will take advantage of such a market demand. And it is further confused by the fact that many ethnobotanical ‘supplements’ sold in pharmacies are processed to the point that they no longer offer any benefit.
So, you are interested in Kanna…or ethnobotanicals in general…what do you do? First, you stay away from vendors that have websites that look like they sell snake oil..all flash and no substance…because they are probably selling just that. Snake oil. The vendors you want are interested in educating you about their products. They provide explicit information about how their products are produced and from where they are sourced.
Kanna extract is an especially good way to learn more about what Kanna has to offer. It can be purchased pre-powdered, which makes things a lot easier on the consumer. And the increased potency of extracts makes them an attractive option for those who want to learn more about Kanna without the hassle of dealing with large amounts of plant material.
Kanna is a fascinating ethnobotanical. Find out where to get it and learn what it is all about for yourself. There are many reputable vendors who care about educating their customers (and retaining their customers). Fly by night operations are just that. They do not have your best interests in mind.
*Some of the information for this article was provided by Phytoextractum.