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Sceletium tortuosum
Not Approved For
Human Consumption
Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) is uncontrolled in the United States by federal law. This means all parts of the plant and its extracts are legal to cultivate, buy, possess, and distribute (sell, trade or give) without a license or prescription. If sold as a supplement, sales must conform to U.S. supplement laws. If sold for consumption as a food or drug, sales are regulated by the FDA. Some states have enacted controls stricter than federal law (see below).

Louisiana #
Effective Aug 8, 2005 (signed into law Jun 28, 2005) Louisiana Act No 159 makes 40 plants illegal, including some or all Mesembryanthemum species. It is our opinion that the legislature intended to include Kanna under the Mesembryanthemum spp. grouping. when intended for human consumption. The law specifically excludes the "possession, planting, cultivation, growing, or harvesting" of these plants if used "strictly for aesthetic, landscaping, or decorative purposes." (Text of HLS_05RS-52 and Update Jun 2005). (thanks ew) (last updated Aug 2010)
Australia #
Not currently controlled in Australia, selling for human consumption may be controlled by medical regulations and may not be legal. (unconfirmed) (thanks callan)
Canada #
Kanna is reportedly uncontrolled in Canada and is available through Canadian stores and online vendors. (thanks J, K) (last updated Jul 19, 2012)
Germany (Deutschland) #
One visitor writes that Kanna is uncontrolled in Germany. (unconfirmed) (thanks fm5000) (last updated Aug 9 2010)
Netherlands #
We have been told that Kanna is legal in The Netherlands, sold by quality smartshops and some online shops. (unconfirmed) (thanks W)
Poland #
We have been told that Kanna is legal in Poland and sold by multiple vendors. (unconfirmed) (thanks M)
South Africa #
Kanna is uncontrolled in South Africa, but if sold as a medicine or herbal product it is subject to the regulations of the SA Medicines Control. The same is true for one of its active ingredients called mesembrine. (unconfirmed)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.

Erowid legal information is a summary of data gathered from site visitors, government documents, websites, and other resources. We are not lawyers and can not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided here. We do our best to keep this information correct and up-to-date, but laws are complex and constantly changing. Laws may also vary from one jurisdiction to another (county, state, country, etc)...this list is not comprehensive.