What to Know About Kava?

30 Mar 2022 10:50 PM By Timothy

What is Kava Kava?

First off, you may be wondering, what is kava? Kava, also known as kava kava, is an extract from the Piper methysticum plant. The plant is native to the South Pacific islands and has been used for a variety of purposes including ceremonial, social, and medicinal [2]. The active ingredient in kava called kavalactones are believed to be what causes the beneficial effects on the brain and body [5]. The kavalactone called desmethoxyyangonin is the one responsible for the boost in dopamine levels giving consumers a mild euphoric feeling [6]. Kava began becoming more popular in the west in the early 2000s [2]. Modern consumers of kava have praised it for its natural anti-anxiety effects.

What is Kava Used For?

Kava Benefits May Include
  • Easing anxiety
  • Feeling relaxed while still alert
  • Soothing muscles
  • Improving sleep
  • An alternative to addictive substances like alcohol

Today, the most common Kava kava use is for reducing anxiety.  Studies suggest the kavalactones in kava reduce anxiety, protect neurons from damage, and reduce feelings of pain [3]. Kava gives users a relaxed state without impacting mental clarity [1].

A clinical study from the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2013 found that kava had a significant effect in reducing symptoms of people diagnosed with general anxiety disorder [4]. Consumers enjoy kava as a natural way to unwind from the day instead of using alcohol or other addictive substances. Your experience with kava will depend on your body chemistry and the amount you use. The effects of kava tend to last somewhere between 1 to 3 hours but that all depends on your body chemistry, how much you take, and in what form (tea, tablet, extract) you consume it [1]. Some people have reported anywhere from only 30 minutes of effects to over 6 hours [2].

How to Consume Kava?

Forms of Kava Include:
  • Tea
  • Capsule
  • Powder
  • Liquid
  • Paste

Traditionally, Kava is ground into a powder and steeped in cold water to create a drinkable tea. This form of consumption is still used today. Consumers will either steep fresh or ground kava in cold water to bring out its active components. Fresh kava has a spicy flavorful taste similar to licorice. Ground kava has an earthy taste. First time consumers may have a hard time gulping it down but some users begin to get used to or actually enjoy the taste.

Another way is to take it in a liquid form sold in small bottles. Using a dropper, you can mix it with a variety of liquids like water and juice to mask its muddy taste. Liquid forms are more concentrated and hence more potent so it should be taken in small doses.

If you’re not into the taste of kava, you can take it in a tablet form. Kava tablets are used to avoid its acquired flavor that one would have to taste in the tea or liquid form. Pure Infinity Botanicals sells easily accessible kratom/kava tablets for consumption.

If you’re looking specifically to help sore muscles, you can get kava paste. There are two natural pain relievers in the kava plant called dihydromethysticin and dihdrokavain [1]. You can mix the paste with oil and rub it onto sore muscles for relaxation and pain relief.

Dosing Kava

It is suggested that you take kava on an empty stomach so the effects aren’t dulled due to food. Consuming it after a meal can sometimes cause an upset stomach, nausea, or a lack of effect. It can take about 20 minutes for it to start to kick in. The World Health Organization recommends only having up to 300g of kavalactones per day. Experts suggest taking between 70g and 250g of kavalactones per day [1]. First timers should try it in a comfortable setting like a living room or bedroom to be able to feel relaxed and enjoy the experience. Kava is meant to be taken in a distraction-free comfortable atmosphere for the best effects. Trying something new doesn’t have to be a scary or worrying experience! Take it slow and figure out the right atmosphere, type of Kava, and dosage amount that makes you feel the best!

In Summary

Here at Pure Infinity Botanicals, we sell wholesale premium kava extract in bottles containing 6 chewable tablets online. One tablet contains 45% kava extract. Products from Pure Infinity Botanicals are ethically sourced from trusted farms in Southeast Asia and Fiji. They are also laboratory tested for purity as well as contaminants. We understand tolerance ranges so we’ve formulated pure and potent products with everyone in mind. Buy kava online easily with us today!

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