Kanna: Nature’s MDMA For Anxiety + Depression? | Bandit French (LiftMode)


“Kanna is a PDE4 inhibitor and it has very similar effects to SSRI, serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It works really well on a biochemical level to keep those good hormones flowing around but it’s gentle enough so you don’t have to worry about serotonin syndrome.” – Bandit French

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 500

In this episode, Lead Product Developer at LiftMode, Bandit French joins our host, Josh Trent, to talk about a plant that has been used for centuries by indigenous people in South Africa, its influence on our cognitive functions, and how it can sustainably boost our serotonin level.

Are you ready to uncover the secrets of a South African plant, Kanna, and learn about its positive effects on the human brain?

Join Bandit and Josh as they discuss why Kanna is nature's MDMA, its effects on the brain and amygdala, and why it's safer than pharmaceutical drugs.

There’s so much that we are uncovering in nature. I truly believe that there is something out there that we haven’t discovered yet that is going to be the key to sorting out our diseases, our elements, our psychological disorders. - Bandit FrenchClick To Tweet

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LiftMode Kanna Extract powder is a powerful mood-support supplement derived from the African succulent, Sceletium tortusum.

It grows naturally in South Africa and has been used for millennia by the Khoisan bushmen.

This extract contains very high concentrations of the alkaloids Mesembrine and Mesembrenone.

Kanna extracts are reputed to produce tranquil yet cheerful states of mind while acting as a mild stress-reducing serotonin reuptake inhibitor.

Kanna extracts have also been known to enhance cognitive function and reduce nicotine cravings.

  • Boosts Mood
  • Reduces Stress
  • Promotes Tranquility

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Listen To Episode 500 As Bandit Uncovers:

[1:30] LiftMode: Enhancing Your Cognition

[14:45] Kanna For Healing Anxiety

  • Why Kanna was used for trade in the 17th century.
  • The ways hunter-gatherers in South Africa used Kanna.
  • The side effect of the natural antidepressant, St. John's wort.
  • Why healing our anxiety has to come from within us, and how supplements can help us make the shift.
  • Josh’s positive experience with LiftMode.
  • How the dosage of Kanna can change the experience, especially in a social setting.
  • Bandit’s journey from a customer to joining LiftMode.
  • Why he doubted other supplement products.
  • The different ways you can consume Kanna.
  • Alkaloids Mesembrine and Mesembrenone in Kanna: Lowering the dosage for a calming experience.
  • Why the FDA cannot patent Kanna.

[24:30] Is Kanna A Natural MDMA?

[37:47] Kanna And Its Effects On The Brain

  • The positive effects of Kanna that are similar to MDMA.
  • Why Kanna is not a drug but a herbal remedy.
  • Bandit’s first experience with Mesembright and how it can help people heal.
  • Why Kanna doesn’t deplete our serotonin.
  • The reason Bandit recommends taking a week off Kanna every few months.
  • How Kanna enhances your cognition.
  • Josh explains what entheogens are and their primary purpose.

[45:40] The Magic of Mother Nature

  • Why Bandit believes that there is something in nature that will be the key to healing diseases.
  • How exploration keeps him motivated to keep going.
  • What wellness means to Bandit: Discipline, self-reflection, and living your best.
  • Why our perception of what’s happening is actually way worse than what is happening.
  • LiftMode Neurolift – Save 20% with “JOSH20”
  • How being diagnosed with ADHD as a kid sent Bandit on this path of finding natural supplements.
  • How he found the perfect formula to help him with ADHD after 10 years.

Power Quotes From The Show

Kanna is a tool. You need to do the work yourself. You need to make sure you’re taking personal care but this is a tool that’s just going to add so much more to people’s journey and to living better. - Bandit FrenchClick To Tweet

Kanna: A Tool For Your Healing Journey

“It’s a tool. You need to do the work yourself. You need to make sure you’re taking personal care but this is a tool that’s just going to add so much more to people’s journey and to living better.” – Bandit French

Is Kanna An Entheogen?

“An entheogen can change your perception but it’s also anything that’s mood-altering. A cognition enhancer is an entheogen. Kanna can change your perception, it changes your mood, and even your outlook on life.” – Bandit French


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About Bandit French

Kanna: Nature's MDMA For Anxiety + Depression? | Bandit French (LiftMode)Jared ‘Bandit’ French is CMBDO and a lead product developer at LiftMode, although he prefers the title of ‘mad scientist and innovation chaser'.

Now with over 15 years of experience in the supplement, health science, and nootropic space, he brings a lifetime of passion to the field thanks to his own path of self-discovery, and a near obsession with maximizing human potential and weaponizing a tendency to hyperfocus that he was once told might limit him in life.

Already a customer who had admired the catalog for a number of years, when Bandit met LiftMode founder, Armand Tuzel, they shared big ideas, talked about research, and immediately hit it off.

Their collective drive to harness novel compounds and cutting-edge botanical extracts to push the limits of cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being laid a powerful foundation for the continued growth and development of the LiftMode family in the years that followed.

Five years later, though his title has changed, you will still find Bandit buried in research, walking the labs with the founders at Liftmode's Illinois-based facility, or up late at night excitedly planning the next big thing via Zoom from the HQ of their sister company Suzume in Osaka, Japan.

They still have far more ideas and formulations than they have lab space or personnel, with no shortage of projects in the pipeline.

Most recently, the pair have been pioneering novel formulations and delicious delivery systems for Kanna (Sceletium Tortuosum), a plant extract sourced from South Africa with powerful, scientifically verified properties to boost mood, enhance cognition and even provide beautiful heart-opening, empathogenic experiences with the most important people in your life.

With an unyielding commitment to delivering the purest, most potent, and always third-party lab-tested materials, Bandit and the LiftMode team have come to share their latest innovations in Kanna with everyone who will benefit most from this paradigm-shifting plant.


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About Josh Trent

Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, and a cat named Cleo. He is the Founder of Wellness Force Media, host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath & Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 19+ years as a trainer, researcher, and facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. The Wellness Force Media Mission is to help humans heal mental, emotional, and physical health through podcasts, programs, and a global community that believes in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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