Kava is made from the Piper methysticum plant, known as Kava, or Kava Kava,found in the South Pacific. The name kava comes from the Polynesian word awa, which means bitter. Islanders have used kava as medicine and in ceremonies for centuries. People who live on Pacific islands like Fiji and Tonga have used it for hundreds of years in social gatherings and traditional medicine. Kava is a tall, upright bush with large leaves. The active ingredient, Kavalactones, are found in the rhizome in the underground root and stem.
How Does Kava Work?
Kava essentially acts as a central nervous system depressant, impacting the receptors of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This stimulates dopamine in the brain. Kava contains 6 major kavapyrones, also known as kavalactones, which may have psychoactive properties. These act on the nervous system and might potentially produce a mild anti-anxiety effect. Kava is used most often as a sedative and a muscle relaxant.
What Are the Benefits of Kava?
Kava may cause feelings of calm, relaxation. The plant has been known to elevate mood, wellbeing, and contentment, and produce a feeling of relaxation. Several studies have found that kava may help with anxiety, insomnia, and related nervous disorders.
Are there side effects to Kava?
The most common side effects of kava are nausea and diarrhea, which often result from taking too much. To avoid overconsumption and reduce the risks of experiencing unpleasant effects, kava should be used in moderation. Less common side effects may include headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Kava can cause numbness in the mouth after ingestion.
How Much Kava Should I Take?
Finding the right kava serving size is largely based on an individual’s needs and preferences as well as the reason for kava use. With these products, we recommend starting with the package serving size, and increasing or decreasing as needed. Extracts and beverages are fast acting and usually take effect within 15-20 minutes. The effects generally peak after 2 hours.
Is Kava Legal?
Kava is legal at the federal level, and it is also legal in all 50 states. Although there are no current age restrictions from the federal government on kava products, our company policy states you must be 18 years or older to purchase these products.
What are the Different Ways to Take Kava?
Kava is available in several forms including extracts, edibles, beverages, and powder. Before introducing kava into your routine, we recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Your body's reaction varies due to the method of delivery which explains varying onset times and durations of effects.
How Can I Find the Right Product?
Finding the right kava product will depend largely on your needs, wants, and preferences. Many customers find personal consultations helpful in determining which products and methods of delivery works best for them. Visit us in-store or online for a one-on-one with our knowledgeable doyens.