12 Days of Plant Medicine: On the Eleventh Day
In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering 12 Days of Plant Medicine. Get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that come together to create our incredible experiences.
We Give You…Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)
Found in Bliss
Ancient medicine for modern times. Kanna hits the sweet spot between stress reduction and heightened focus – and for an added bonus, it seems to enhance the euphoria of cannabis.
Over the last decade, the world has begun to learn what the San and Khoikhoi people of Southern Africa have known for centuries: Kanna can make you feel better. A succulent herb with pale yellow flowers, Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) flourishes near the southern tip of Africa and was traditionally chewed to enhance mood, reduce anxiety, and soothe pain. It contains several psychoactive alkaloids whose function is still largely a mystery. The most prominent is mesembrine, which has been shown to have a potent effect on the serotonin system. Scientists are now focusing on the plant’s incredible potential to ease anxiety, combat depression, and foster an overall sense of well-being.
A recent study suggested that a single dose of Kanna significantly reduced anxiety among people who volunteered for a stressful task. One of the most exciting areas of research revolves around Kanna’s ability to boost serotonin while also activating a neurological signaling system based on the PDE4 enzyme – so chew on that for a while, or better yet, swallow it via a 1906 Bliss Drop!
On the first day we gave you L-theanine.
On the second day we gave you Damiana.
On the third day we gave you Caffeine.
On the fourth day we gave you Theobromine.
On the fifth day we gave you Galangal.
On the sixth day we gave you Muira Puama and Catuaba.
On the seventh day we gave you Corydalis.
On the eighth day we gave you Ashwagandha.
On the ninth day we gave you Rhodiola.
On the tenth day we gave Magnolia.
For the final day of Plant Medicine, we’re offering something that will help fine-tune your brain. Traditional medicine we can all use!