A succulent plant from South Africa that has been used for centuries for its mood-enhancing effects. The dried and fermented plant material was traditionally chewed as a ‘quid’, smoked or used as a snuff. It can also be brewed as a tea.The mood-elevating action of sceletium is caused by a number of alkaloids including mesembrine, mesembrenol and tortuosamine which interact with the brain's dopamine and serotonin receptors. Mesembrine is a major alkaloid present in Sceletium. Mesembrine has been demonstrated to be a potent serotonin-uptake inhibitor (SRI). SRIs are most often used as anti-depressants, as they increase the extracellular concentrations of seratonin (the ‘happy hormone’).
Smoking or chewing Kanna gives a buzzy euphoric feeling, which gently fades into relaxation. Brewed as a tea it uplifts mood, relaxes stress and anxiety. According to anecdotal reports, it can potentiate the effects of other substances.
Limonene is a liquid terpene most commonly found in the oil of the peel of oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits. It is used commercially as a flavoring for foods and medicines.
Research has shown that this terpene has antioxidant properties and as such may reduce the incidence and aid in the treatment of some cancers. The terpene can boost the immune system and may help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It has also been shown that limonene benefits include pain and heartburn relief, and an improvement in skin repair and the healing of wounds. It may help with obesity and metabolic syndrome and reduce inflammation in the gut. The terpene also has antifungal and antibacterial properties.