What is Kava
What is Kava Kava?
Kava kava is a plant from which the root is obtained with a high content of lactones (called - from its origin - kavalactones). These are chemicals that, depending on the concentration, can have a toning or stimulating effect. How the kava extract or the root infusion works is also influenced by the way it is prepared and the variety of the plant. Kava, or methystine pepper, has a slightly different chemical composition depending on the microclimate, substrate or other abiotic factors. Although from a biological point of view it is still one species of methistine pepper, varieties from different islands are selected for different uses and prepared differently.
How Kava Kava works?
Different varieties of Kava Kava may have different effects. In traditional medicine, only the noble kava is used, which - unlike the non-noble variant - has no unpleasant side effects. Lactones contained in the roots are psychoactive substances that modify the action of neurotransmitters. Depending on the preparation of the products and the concentration of lactones in the plant Piper methysticum, other biological effects can be achieved:
- slight agitation and increase in mental performance;
- improving the ability to concentrate;
- putting you in a state of slight euphoria;
- muscle relaxation;
- calming the racing thoughts;
- hypnotic effect of varying severity;
- reducing the severity of anxiety;
- leveling the mood.
When discussing the effects of kava, one should take into account individual variability, i.e. individual tolerance to lactones, as well as the method of preparation of methistine pepper and the culture of its consumption. It is suspected that taking the infusion of Piper methysticum in an irresponsible manner may be associated with the effect of habituation, although research in this regard is not conclusive.
Kava Kava– legality
For some time, the extract and other kava-based products were treated as psychoactive substances and belonged to the drug group I-N.Therefore, it was not possible to buy these products without special permits, and they were only available in retail by prescription. However, the conducted research did not confirm the correctness of this classification and Kava in Poland, but throughout the EU, is now fully legal.
Kava root products are available both at pharmacy and as foods and supplements. This means that various forms of this plant are available without additional restrictions. At the same time, it should be mentioned that kava has a certain addictive potential - however, it is not as strong as in the case of other psychoactive substances and should not be an obstacle in taking kava as a dietary supplement in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
Preparation and dosage of Kava Kava
Methystine pepper (Piper methysticum) stores the highest concentration of lactones, which in the case of Kava, is the active substance in the root, which is why the vast majority of commercially available preparations are made on the basis of this part of the plant. A good store usually focuses on powdered and dried Kava, which allows you to adjust the dosage to your individual needs. There are also extracts, but rarely, also tinctures (here, the problem may be synergistic action, as well as formalities related to the distribution of alcohol-containing products).
- The easiest way to prepare Kava is to make instant Kava, but it is worth realizing that this form of Kava is poorer in biologically active compounds and its quality is more difficult to control.
- Kava in the form of dried powder is extracted in a special cloth in water at a temperature of 35-40 ° C. The amount of water is usually selected so that for each gram of dried there is 10-15 ml of water - it is more a matter of preference.
- Sometimes it is recommended to add a teaspoon of coconut oil or other fats to Kava - this is where the lactones dissolve, thanks to which Kava owes its beneficial effects
Indications and contraindications
The list of indications for the use of Kava is long, but in each case, care should be taken to select the appropriate strength of the extract.
- depressed mood, depressive states,
- the state of pathological muscle tension (for women also in menstrual pains),
- nervous states, severe stress
It should be emphasized that the properties of Kava are still under research, and for this reason - more prophylactically than on the basis of definite conclusions - it is recommended to avoid consumption of the drink by some people.
- Kava should be discontinued by people with a liver failure or those taking drugs that burden the liver,
- do not use together with drugs for Parkinson's disease,
- be careful during pregnancy and lactation.
Consumption should be stopped in case of itchy skin or rash - these are the most common symptoms associated with taking too much kavalactones.
Opinions about Kava Kava
Most of the customers who visit our store have only positive impressions after trying Kava. The reported effects range from light relaxation to euphoric states. Most consumers say that they will continue to use kava from different Pacific Islands - more or less regularly. For most, this drink has a characteristic taste that you need to get used to, and the only negative sensations are associated with a slight numbness of the mouth. This is a normal effect of one of the Kava ingredients and should not be alarming.
Types of Kava
What types of Kava Kava do we offer?
- Kava from Vanuatu is usually strong, traditional for this island. This small island to the northeast of Australia is inhabited by just over 300,000 people, but this is where the custom of drinking kava in the evening comes from, which allows you to rest after a long day.
- Kava from Fiji is usually brewed much less. It is a popular daytime drink in the Pacific Islands, and Fiji exports this culture with its roots. Almost a million people live on the Island - most of them know this or that form of kava-based product from everyday life.
- Kava from Samoa, a country further to the east, is considered one of the most perfect. It is mild but powerful. It often appears as a drink, but is even more commonly used in local medicine.
- Kava from Tonga has a huge cultural significance. It is prepared in a variety of ways, often similar to other Pacific islands. This small country has a population of only 100,000, and traditionally, kava is a drink only for men.
Where to buy
Where to buy Kava Kava?
There is a high risk of never ending up in the Pacific Islands, but that's no reason to deny yourself their most precious product - Kava. In our store, we have collected an assortment of Kava from different regions and prepared in a slightly different way, so that you can easily find the variety that best meets your expectations. The offer includes weaker and stronger mixtures, those that you can drink calmly during the day, but also those that will relax you at night or stimulate you in the morning. Make your choice and remember that Kava will only retain its properties when stored properly - if you want, you can pretend you're saving and buy Kava from an unknown source. And you can buy a better one for a little more expensive, with the certainty that it will provide you with perfect results.