Kanna and Kratom: A Match Made in Heaven

May 02, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alternatives, Kratom Research

If you have turned to kratom as a natural alternative to MDMA or Ecstasy then you already know that it may provide hours of mild euphoria. However, most users will agree that this euphoria is rather subtle and not at all as strong as designer drugs.

Those who have been burning kratom for a number of years invariably end up burning a larger volume of kratom powder to achieve these effects. This can be dangerous for a couple of reasons. For starters, long-term kratom use results in tolerance and addiction.

Users who decide to stop using kratom after long-term use find the withdrawal symptoms to be fairly acute. These symptoms can include sleeplessness, agitation, fatigue, nausea, stomach cramp and restless leg syndrome, among other more serious side effects.

All of this because they tried to get the strongest experience out of their kratom. Sadly, their poor experiences could have been easily avoided by using one of the many kratom potentiators out there. I’m talking specifically about kanna, aka sceietium tortuosom.


Also known as Kougoed—which translates as “chew things”—kanna extract comes from the sceietium tortuosom, a succulent plant indigenous to South Africa. A favorite folk medicine among hunter-gatherers and pastoralists alike, kanna is legal in the United States and has been used for its anxiolytic effects as well as its ability to suppress appetite.


Fermented kanna is a sustainable herb that can be chewed, smoked or inhaled. Kanna powder is often snorted to induce anxiolytic and uplifting effects. Users find that kanna decreases their anxiety and stress while imbuing them with a positive state of mind and relief from tension.

Like kratom, kanna is psychoactive in nature, but it is less intense than the empathogens of MDMA. For this reason, it has been implemented as an mood booster by some and an anxiolytic tonic by others.


Kanna can be mixed with chewing gum and chewed vigorously to unlock its purported benefits. Users must swallow the saliva in order for this method to yield results. The ideal dosage for chewing is approximately 50-150mg which will produce a subtle, calm experience.


Kanna and kratom make an interesting pair for a variety of reasons, not least of which is kanna’s capacity for potentiating kratom’s effects. Much of this owes to the fact that kanna is an SSRI and, therefore, inhibits serotonin levels in the brain.

Serotonin is known as the happy chemical because it contributes to feelings of happiness and well-being. Those who suffer from a serotonin imbalance often battle depression and lack a strong sense of self-worth.

Kanna and kratom share much in common with one another, such as their dual ability to improve mood, relieve negative feelings and naturally energize the user. When taken in tandem, they actually potentiate each other’s potential effects.

As with kratom powder, kanna’s effects typically last at least 4-5 hours in duration. These effects are shockingly similar to those of kratom itself.

This means that you will not have to take nearly as much kratom powder in order to reap its supposed rewards. Those who normally burn 4-5 grams of kratom powder can take 2-3 grams of kratom when mixing it with kanna.


A mild dose of 100-200 mgs of kanna should be taken prior to burning 2-3.5 grams of kratom powder. The following dosage levels may be suited for more seasoned users:

Medium—200-400 mg of kanna with 4 grams kratom

Strong—400-600 mg of kanna prior with 5-6 grams kratom


A lot of users are now finding that kanna is a safer option than kratom in terms of long-term use and side effects. Whereas kratom diarrhea can be accompanied by stomach cramp, those who have experienced loose stools while taking kanna do not report any cramps.

Furthermore, kanna side effects generally last for only an hour or less, quickly resolving themselves with proper treatment. Users also report less of an incident of extreme side effects, such as anxiety, irritability or insomnia.

Research has also suggested that kanna can increase executive function, pointing to its value as a potential cognitive enhancer.

Like kratom, you can buy kanna online from a kanna vendor. The kanna supplement is readily available from a range of different sources, many of which are trusted apothecaries with an assortment of botanical herbs. In fact, you can even get kanna on ebay.


Here is a short list of some trustworthy kanna vendors who currently stock kanna products on the internet:

  • Phytoextractum
  • Mood and Mind
  • The Kanna Shop
  • Herb Stomp

Each of these e-commerce sites has been thoroughly vetted and found to be honest and reliable. Their prices are reasonable and their products are of high quality.


Although chronic kratom use can lead to tolerance, addiction or abuse, there is nothing that points to the kanna and kratom combo as potentiating addiction. On the contrary, kanna is not believed to be addictive in nature. Kanna is not associated with impaired judgment or sedation.


Kanna reddit reviews have been almost unanimously positive and praise for the kanna and kratom combo can be found all across the internet.

On one subreddit, a user said, “Its pretty good. All you need is a pinch.”

In response, another user wrote, “I feel like it more combined feelinng as opposed to synergistic. But they are great together, like coffee and cigarettes.i use this combo almost every day around noon to get my second wind.”

Mixed feelings can be expected of almost any natural compound and this combo is no exception. One user writes, “It seems to work best if you take the kanna first, wait 30 – 45 minutes, then take the kratom.

“Sometimes it has boosted the euphoria/energy of the kratom experience, as well as making it last longer. But it doesn’t seem to work 100% of the time. That has been my overall experience with kanna though – it is very inconsistent.”


Kanna and kratom can make for a terrific combination, but users should manage their expectations and start by microdosing to figure out what suits their preferences. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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