Kanna sublingual involves holding the plant in your mouth for a period of time so that the alkaloids are absorbed through your saliva. This method is usually faster than other methods of consumption and bypasses the first-pass metabolism in your liver. It can also deliver more concentrated effects.
The most well-known psychoactive component of kanna is the mesembrine alkaloid, which inhibits serotonin reuptake and is believed to be responsible for the anxiolytic and mood-enhancing effects that are associated with this herb. Mesembrine has also been shown to increase the activity of a transporter called VMAT2 (which moves monoamines like dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine from inside the cell to outside). It is thought that this mechanism accounts for kanna’s ability to enhance cognitive flexibility.
Sublingual Bliss: How to Use Kanna for Quick and Effective Results
When snorted kanna has been found to induce a strong high that lasts for 30-60 minutes and then starts to fade over the next couple of hours. When consumed as a tea, the effect lasts for a longer period of time but is less intense than when snorted.
Kanna has been reported to have anxiolytic, calming, anti-depressive and empathogenic properties. It has also been known to enhance touch, libido and colours slightly as well as music noticeably, especially when combined with caffeine. However, the synergy between these two compounds can cause a rapid heart rate in some people, so caution is advised. The most common side-effects are dizziness, nausea and dry eyes/mouth. These are generally mild and only occur in higher doses or if the user is a non-smoker.