- Kava description
- How many should I drink?
Kava or kava kava or Piper methysticum (Latin "pepper" and Latinized Greek "intoxicating") is a crop of the Pacific Islands. The name kava(-kava) is from Tongan and Marquesan, meaning "bitter"; other names for kava include ʻawa (Hawaiʻi), ʻava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), sakau (Pohnpei), and malok or malogu (parts of Vanuatu). Kava is consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, including Hawaii and Vanuatu, and Melanesia and some parts of Micronesia for its sedating effects.
The root of the plant is used to produce an entheogenic drink with sedative, anesthetic, and euphoriant properties. Its active ingredients are called kavalactones. A Cochrane systematic review concluded it was likely to be more effective than placebo at treating short-term anxiety.
Moderate consumption of kava (in its traditional form) has been deemed as presenting an "acceptably low level of health risk" by the World Health Organization or WHO, after numerous concerns over liver toxicity. However, consumption of kava extracts produced with organic solvents or excessive amounts of poor quality kava products may be linked to an increased risk of adverse health outcomes
We recommend that ½-lb make 1 gallon of kava. Those who are new to the Kava drink should start with 2-3 shells worth of Kava (one Shell = 4 FL 0Z) for their first experience. Kava has a reverse tolerance, meaning that the more frequently you consume it, the less it takes to achieve the desired effects.
Kava may cause drowsiness and may therefore temporarily impair your ability to drive. We do not recommend anyone operate heavy machinery or drive a motor vehicle after drinking Kava.
Please familiarize yourself with Kava by visiting our bookshelf to understand its risks and benefits and to make an informed decision if Kava is right for you. If you have any medical condition or are taking ANY medication. We recommend consulting your physician before drinking Kava. We do not recommend the use of Kava in individuals who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
We source our kava from several selected suppliers in remote island nations in the South Pacific including Vanuatu, Fiji, Hawaii, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea. All our suppliers are registered with the FDA. Our Kava is organically grown by small farmers without the use of chemicals, however due to the remoteness it is not possible for official USDA organic certifications right now. Hawaii is the only location that grows Kava that has access to USDA inspections.