Sceletium Tortuosum (Kanna)
Guidelines For Use as an Entheogen
Active ingredients: mesembrine, mesembrenone and tortuosamine. (The major alkaloid in
sceletium is mesembrine, which is mentioned to be a potent serotonin-uptake inhibitor.)
Effects: Euphoric, empathic, cathartic, sensual.
Applications: Euphoriant, Anti-depressant, Anti-anxiety, Irritability, Aphrodisiac,
P.T.S.D., Intimate Relationship Therapy, Addiction Therapy.
Dosage: 50 mg — 500 mg ( Dosage dependant on intention of application.)
Side effects: Mild headache, slight nausea, soft stool, Insomnia, and/or sedation.
(In the subjects I have worked with these
effects are rare and seldom in occurrence.)
Methods of Ingestion
or vaporized. Effects are noticeable almost immediately and last between 20 min. and one hour. I
have found that the effects from smoking Kanna are relatively mild compared to other forms of
ingestion. Effects can vary depending on the quality of material used and whether one is under the
influence of any other compound.
- ORAL INGESTION
Dose: 50 mg-500 mg.
Grind sceletium into a powder, put into gel caps, ingest on an empty stomach. Effects are dosage
dependant. A 50 mg dose is a supplemental dosage used to combat depression, anxiety and
irritability. The effects from a 50 mg dose DO NOT alter the consciousness, it WILL elevate ones
mood and sense of well being. Suggested use 5o mg twice a day or as needed. In the application of
Sceletium as a euphoriant, Aphrodisiac, or for therapeutic application the oral dosage needs to be
increased dramatically. Suggested Dose; 250 mg- 500 mg; at this dose range there is a noticeable
effect in consciousness 30 min. — 1 hour after ingestion. These mind altering effects which are very
empathic, cathartic and euphoric in nature can persist for a 1/2 an hour to 1 hour. Working with
multable subjects I have found the effects from oral ingestion take more time to reach threshold
and then peak very quickly. The peak may last up to a 1/2 an hour then quickly fading into a
general sense of well being, which can persist for several hours after.
Dose: 125 mg-200 mg.
Grind sceletium into a ultra-fine powder removing any larger particulates ( using a silk screen
works well). Softly insufflate desired amount up one nostril. Try to avoid drawing the material far
back into your nasal passage. Give your nasal passage a mild douche using a wet tissue( Sceletium
has a tendency to burn slightly, using the douche will ease this discomfort). Effects are usually
noticed within 10 min.
Through subject assays this has proven to be
the most potent means of administering Sceletium. Effects peak within the first hour then subside
to a very euphoric feeling which persists for at least one more hour. A feeling of general well
being then sustains for several hours. This I feel is the most effective means of administering
sceletium for application in a therapeutic setting. Using sceletium in this manner will initiate a
strong cathartic, empathic, sensual experience that will last aprox. 2 hours. This I feel is just
enough time to utilize the medicine for a therapeutic/ healing session.
Copyright 2004 Kenneth J. Berman