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Kava is known as a social lubricant. This is due to the relaxing effects this root tea has on the body.
First time Kava Drinker? Drink more kava! Our bodies have a “reverse tolerance” to this drink. As your tolerance builds, you will be able to drink less but feel more.
In the native language of the Polynesian Islands, kava is called “awa” which, in English, directly translates to “The Intoxicating Pepper”.
Green is the most popular of the three teas. This hybrid strain is a mild energy booster, gives a euphoric feeling, and brings centered focus.
The relaxing effect of the red strain can help one to unwind. It is known to calm the mind and release tension.
White can replace caffeine with its energizing effects. This contributes to better moods, and an increase in concentration, motivation, and alertness.
What is Kava?
The term refers to both the plant that grows on islands in the South Pacific and the relaxing beverage made from dried or fresh roots of the plant. The plant has been harvested by the inhabitants of Oceania for 3,000 years. The kava root is well known for its use in relieving anxiety and promoting a relaxed and euphoric mood. The active compounds responsible for kava’s psychoactive and medicinal effects are known as kavalactones. Different strains of kava have different compositions of kavalactones and therefore produce different effects.
What are the effects of kava?
While effects can differ depending on factors such as the kava’s age or method of consumption, in general kava produces relaxation and mild cheerfulness without diminishing mental clarity. At first one becomes mentally relaxed yet alert, and then it brings on a deeper muscle relaxation, which is often followed by sleepiness.
Why do people drink kava?
The kava beverage has been consumed for thousands of years for a number of medicinal, social, cultural, political, recreational and ritual purposes throughout Melanesia and Polynesia. Kava is traditionally used among Pacific Islanders in ceremony. It is drunk during important political meetings and councils to facilitate an atmosphere of peace and cooperation. Now it’s becoming popular among non-islanders who see it as a healthier alternative to alcohol or other recreational substances. It’s also a good remedy for anxiety, stress and insomnia. Some see it as an interesting cultural practice that brings them closer to the fascinating cultures of the South Pacific.
What does kava taste like?
Kava has a bitter and not very pleasant taste. While some varieties are slightly milder, no kava can honestly be described as delicious. That’s why it’s a good idea to use chasers between servings.
Is kava safe?
Yes, in its traditional form kava roots have an excellent safety record and can be used by healthy adults. It is important to note that like many other plants, kava can negatively interact with medications (e.g. benzodiazapines) and recreational substances (e.g. alcohol). It’s best to consult your doctor if you take medication, and it’s a good idea to avoid mixing kava with other recreational substances.
Is kava addictive?
No, kava does not cause physical dependence.
Can kava cause liver damage?
The consumption of traditional kava is not associated with any liver problems. That being said, it is still a good idea to avoid non-noble kava in highly concentrated forms (such as co2 pastes and tinctures). You should also avoid “mysterious” pharmaceutical products or extracts containing kava (often mixed with other substances) that do not come with any reliable information on the quality of the plant used in their manufacturing.
Does kava have any medicinal qualities?
Kava has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In fact, it’s the most important natural remedy across most of the Pacific. Traditionally, it’s been used to treat numerous health conditions, including infections, inflammation, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory ailments, skin diseases, and wounds. Today it’s primarily known for its anti-anxiety properties. It’s also likely to be effective in treating sleep disorders, mild depression and stress.
Does kava have any side effects?
Noble kava roots are not associated with any serious side effects. Minor side effects may include upset stomach (usually from excessive consumption or improper preparation), dehydration (kava is a strong diuretic), and following long-term consumption a fully reversible dry skin condition know in Fiji as kani kani. A small number of kava drinkers can experience an allergic reaction. It’s typically minor and results in red, itchy skin. It’s therefore good to start slowly with kava and see how your body reacts.