What is Kava?
What are the uses of kava?
Are there any health risks?
How does kava taste?
Kava, also known as kava kava, piper methysticum, and ‘awa is a psychoactive plant that comes from the south pacific. The root of this plant is taken and made into a cold brew type tea. The root and stems are made into a non-alcoholic, beverage that has been traditionally used socially and ceremonially. Islanders have been making a tea with kava for thousands of years. Drinking kava produces feelings of heightened attention combined with relaxation. Kava kava is used to reduce stress, and anxiety. Kava kava also helps with insomnia as well.
Kava is often used as an herbal remedy to treat stress, anxiety and/or insomnia. Kava provides a feelings of slight euphoria and positivity without any intoxication to the mind at all.
Kava has no reported issues with health but we believe that kava should not be consumed if you have known liver concerns. Some studies show that Kava in excess can be damaging to the liver. Yet, there have been studies on kava actually being non-toxic to the liver, and even potentially protecting the liver. One of the arguments is that liver damage from kava is unpredictable, dose-independent, and not reproducible. Therefore individual metabolic differences are more likely. If you're pregnant and/or taking certain medication, consult with your health provider first before consuming kava.
The flavor of kava is quite earthy to say the least, yet bearable. Some find that it takes getting used to; you have to acquire a taste for it. But it truly depends on your preference for natural earth-like flavors!