Also known as
Piper methysticum, Kava paste, Kava dabs, Kavalactone isolate
Kava is a plant belonging to the Piper or Pepper genus of plants, long used as a traditional ceremonial drink in the Pacific islands that encourages social bonding, reduction of fear, & a peaceful state of mind.
Concentrated extract of Kava root, yielding a thick brown oil possessing 80% total kavalactones.
Recommended amount per dose is a small ball the size of a pinhead, weighing between 200-500 mgs. Due to the potency and difficulty of weighing this product, it is recommended to be either vaporized or used as an ingredient or additive.
The natives of the Pacific islands have used kava for hundreds if not thousands of years and has a safe traditional & historical use. It can be highly sedative and has been known to numb certain body parts of the body. Kava functions as primarily as a GABA receptor agonist, without the side effects caused by common pharmaceuticals that work with these receptors. Some studies have shown that kava root can actually upregulate the GABA receptors, producing what some call a 'reverse-tolerance'. This means that when consumed within reason, kava has a long lasting calming effect on those who consume it, becoming stronger over time.
Kava has been reported to be somewhat heavy on the liver, however it is believed that this is due to improper harvesting and non-traditional use of the herb. Regardless, it is unwise to mix kava root with alcohol or liver taxing herbs or medicines. Overdoses can cause severe nausea, dizziness, and liver toxicity.
Do not consume without knowing an accurate dosage. A milligram scale is highly recommended.
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