Among the numerous plants utilized therapeutically around the globe, around a hundred or so affects a person's state of mind, as well as mood. Nowadays, a plant from South Africa has advanced toward North America, and it too guarantees noteworthy cognitive enhancing effects.
Sceletium Tortuosum also known as Kanna, Kougoed, Kaugoed, and Canna, is a native plant in the South African regions. Hottentots of South Africa used Sceletium Tortuosum for so many years as an empathogen, relaxant, and a means of treatment for mood disorders. A tea produced using Sceletium Tortuosum is sometimes used to wean alcoholics off liquor.
People in the past smoked and chewed Sceletium Tortuosum since it produces euphoria, which is a feeling or state of intense happiness and excitement. Sceletium Tortuosum is similar to kava kava; it was also used by historical people to treat toothache because of its mild anesthetic effect. The San tribes used Sceletium Tortuosum to treat children with colic.
Sceletium Tortuosum has been used by South Africans for centuries. As a matter of fact, according to some records, it has been used for over four centuries. Small doses of Sceletium Tortuosum added to a teaspoon of breastmilk have been used in rural areas as a means of treatment for children with colic. This practice still exists in some local communities up to this day.
The prepared dried plant material called Kougoed or Kanna was traditionally made into tinctures and teas. However, some people chewed it fresh. According to written records dated back to 1662, Sceletium Tortuosum was a bartering currency. Less commonly, Sceletium Tortuosum was smoked, or inhaled as a snuff, usually in combination with other herbs.
Sceletium Tortuosum’s ability to enhance mood is due to a number of alkaloids, which includes tortuosamine and mesembrenol. These alkaloids interact with the brain’s serotonin and dopamine receptors.