What is Kava?
Kava is a root from the Pacific islands, mainly Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, and Hawaii. Islanders have used Kava plants in social rituals for thousands of years. The root of the Kava plant is grounded up and made into a non-alcoholic tea. The effect of the active ingredients in the Kava root is psychological and physiological relaxation.
Kava can be used as an alternative to alcohol because its effects calm the body and is known to reduce anxiety, muscle tension, stress, and restlessness.
Kava has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects that have helped users treat headaches, migraines, menstrual discomfort, muscular tension, cramping and stiffness. It’s relaxing and calming effects are known to assist with stress-related anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.
It’s ability to increase sociability allows for this natural tea to act as an alternative for alcohol. The natural muscle relaxation and sedative properties helps users sleep soundly, unlike alcohol.
And unlike alcohol, the psychoactive effects that Kava produces doesn’t create a physical dependency.
Q. How Does Kava Make You Feel?
A. Kava’s initial effects are immediate and start a slight numbness to your lips and tongue, this is due to the roots’ topical anesthetic effects. Within 5-20 mins a wave of calmness and mental well-being rolls over you. It’s typical for any muscle tension in the body to be released and both mental and physical stress to be relieved. The length of effects depends on the person but usually last 1-3hrs.
Q. Is Kava Legal?
A. Yes, Kava is legal in the US and in most countries around the world. In most cases Kava is classified as an Herbal Supplement. Kava is an important part of the culture for numerous South Pacific islanders including Hawaiians. Kava is used for ceremonial and social occasions all over the Pacific Islands.
Q. Can I Mix Kava and Alcohol?
A. We advise against mixing Kava and alcohol. There is risk of overwhelming your system and causing nausea. We recommend not drinking Kava and alcohol within the same 24hr period.