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Q: Is it addictive?

No withdrawal symptoms have been associated with the abrupt cessation of kava use.



Q: What does it do?


This natural herbal drink relaxes muscles.


Calms nerves.


Creates a general feeling of well-being.


Induces a feeling of peace, relaxation and contentment.


It enhances mental alertness and concentration.

Q: Can I take it anytime of the day?

In the South Pacific drinking kava is mostly used for ceremonial, recreational, and social purposes. Kava is consumed at the end of the workday, and the ritual of kava preparation and drinking affords both a social time and an opportunity for individual meditation.

In our hectic modern society "kava time" is anytime. The lack of mental slowing allows kava to be used during the day especially when we find ourselves anxious or in stressful situations like:


Going on a date


Visiting the dentist


Giving a presentation


Attending a party


Business meetings


Going on a interview


Boarding a plane


Taking exams

And for the most part kava is best consumed after work, the overall effect is delightful, pleasurable, relaxing, happy, peaceful with complete mental alertness.

When kava is taken before bedtime, it induces a restful sleep and a refreshed feeling after awakening.

Q: Does kava have side effects?

Kava produces no side effects when taken in moderate doses, its abuse can lead to health problems. Heavy abusers studied suffered from shortness of breath, dry scaly skin, liver damage, and alterations in red and white blood cells and platelets.

South Pacific islanders have consumed kava for hundreds of years. Side effects have developed in only high- dosage users.

Q: How much can I drink? Can I overdose on it?

The most significant anti-anxiety studies show that an effective daily dose of kava is 70-210 milligrams of kavalactones. The amount of kava to take depends on your purpose for using it and your individual sensitivity to the effects of kavalactones.

Death or severe illness from exclusive use of kava has not been reported in any medical literature.

Q: Is it safe?

Whenever you first try a new medicine, herb, or supplement, it is always best to start with low dosages and build up. Kava, if used appropriately, can reduce the stress in our lives. It can also be used to decrease or prevent the amount of stress or anxiety we anticipate to be exposed to. Studies show the occasional use of kava presents no health problems . Years of use in Germany have produced no reports of troublesome drug interactions as well.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:


Before trying an herb, be sure your medical condition has been diagnosed correctly.


Tell your doctor about any herbal remedies you plan to try or already take.


Call or write the kava manufacturer for questions or comments.


Do not use kava with sedatives, tranquilizers or alcohol.


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There is an important body of work that investigates the effects of kava on the body, and the chemical properties of the plant.
It is our intent to include many references and information in this section in the future.

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