Citation: Q-MAN. "Had to Prime the Pump for It to Work: An Experience with Sceletium tortuosum (exp97442)". Erowid.org. Mar 28, 2019. erowid.org/exp/97442
I bought 1oz (28 grams) of dried fermented Kanna through a reputable online distributor. It arrived in a well packaged sealed clear zip lock bag. The Kanna itself looks like a fairly fine dark tan powder, it reminds me a lot of powdered Kava, but finer. The taste is difficult to describe, it has a slight 'earthy' taste, but nowhere near the 'dirt' taste of Kava. There is also what I can only describe as a subtle almost 'salt-like' taste to it. It's not bad. Everything I've read said you can snort it, swallow it, and smoke it. So I tried all methods.
The first day I 'snorted' a gram, because everything I had read said that was the best way to get an uplifting/euphoric experience. Well it didn't work. If there was any effect at all it so subtle it wouldn't be worth the cash or discomfort of snorting this foreign substance in my noise again. It burned, and caused me to feel congested for the day. I was disappointed to say the least.
An hour later I decided to give smoking it a try. It's not a bad smoke really. Not that I would suggest smoking it for just the taste or anything. Again the effect was very, very subtle. Perhaps more noticeable then snorting, but again, not worth the money or effort. So subtle I wondered if it was just a placebo effect. (That subtle)
Several hours later I took some orally, approximately 1 gram, under the tongue for 10 minutes before swallowing. The taste isn't bad at all, in fact I rather enjoyed it. It's hard to keep it under my tongue for 10 minutes because the stuff is so fine it 'erodes' quickly in the mouth. Again...no real effect.
I almost wrote this stuff off, but since I had the package decided to give it a try orally for the next couple of days. Wouldn't go through the discomfort of snorting it, or the trouble of smoking it again. But orally it wasn't bad.
By the third day, I noticed it. So I went ahead and snorted a half gram, and voila! there is the effect. With this organic it is very subtle. But I did notice a improvement in mood, and energy. ... euphoria?...yeah, maybe. But nowhere near the euphoric experience I have read in other reports, and absolutely nothing like MDMA (ecstasy).
Conclusion, whatever Kanna does, it takes some build up to produce its effects. So priming, for me was absolutely unnecessary. The first day I did it, I did a lot, and felt nothing. After 3 days of doing 1-2 grams orally per day...I got something. Would I buy it again? Probably not, the effects are very subtle. They’re nice, but subtle.
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