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Everything About Kava


Kava is s beverage extract that is gotten from Piper Methysticum, which is a native plant found in the Pacific Islands. The name “kava” is actually derived from the Polynesian word which means “bitter”. In most parts of the South Pacific, kava is consumed as a very popular social drink, especially in ceremonies; with an intent of bringing about relaxation. Kava comes in varying forms including drops, capsules, in the form of a drink that is brownish in color and extracts. There is so much that we are going to shed light on, concerning this mysterious plant, with an aim of helping you understand better just why there has been so much fuss about it in recent times. Described below in details are some of the things that you need to know about kava. And if you are having problems with anxiety, kava could help. The best kava for anxiety is up for discussion at DrinkU.

Different ways through which kava can be consumed

The most common way by which most user consume kava, is mostly by drinking it. You can make the kava beverage traditionally by having it ground freshly and dried into powder, then adding some cold water. Adding the water to the powdered form ensures that you have all the active components extracted. This solution is then stirred or thoroughly shaken before consumption. Despite the fact that kava is mostly consumed as a beverage does not necessarily mean that you can take it in the other forms that have been aforementioned.

How exactly does kava taste like?

Naturally, kava does not exactly have an interesting taste. It basically has a natural taste of what would most taste like water and root. Kava is mostly taken for the effects that it gives, and not exactly for its taste. Because of this, if you are taking it, you would be better placed taking in it in one shot, instead of slowly sipping it. It is important to note that kava that is fresh often comes with a taste that is spicy and somewhat flavorful. The only limitation about this is that only people in the Pacific Island where it is grown, can have the privilege of having it in its fresh form.

What is kava mostly used for?

Studies that have been done before have mostly revealed that kava is mostly used for stress relief, easing anxiety and tension, relaxing the muscles and also helping to deal with insomnia and generally improving sleep. Many people have actually resorted to its use as a natural medication of helping to combat anxiety.

What exactly does kava do to a person?

Kava has an active ingredients called Kavalactones that are substances that are insoluble and sticky in nature. These substances therefore pass and get absorbed into the bloodstream of the consumer, upon intake; and in the process acts as a muscle relaxant.

Actually, worth mentioning, is the fact that there are six different kavalactones that are contained in kava. Out of the six, the most active one is called kavain, which is often found in high concentrations in the roots of the plant, and is the one that is often mostly responsible for causing relaxation to the muscles.

The kavalactones have no direct effect on the brain. Because of this, kava does not exactly act actual sedative, although it possesses some properties that are sedative-like. The mild euphoric feeling that is often associated with kava is because of the desmethoxyangonin kavalactone that is also an active component. The latter is well known for having the levels of dopamine boosted, which is why drinking of kava leads to an alteration of the reality for the consumer.

Side effects of kava

Like it is already known, there is no drug that dos not come with some risk. Kava is therefore no exception. This particular drug tends to affect different people differently, depending on a number of factors:
Strength of the drug being taken
How used the consumer is, to it
Health, weight and size of consumer
Amount of kava being taken

Generally, the following effects may be encountered:

Feeling of mild sleepiness
Loss of or reduced appetite
Feeling of great happiness and relaxation
Numbness of the throat and mouth

In the event that kava is taken is large quantities however, the following effects may be experienced:

Mild fever
Feeling of nausea
Eyes may turn red with a dilation in the pupil size
Muscles may loss control
Loss of balance and drowsiness

If taken over a stretched period of time, in large quantities, then one is likely to suffer the following side effects:

Skin that is dry and scaly
Severe weight loss and general malnutrition
High susceptibility to infections
Severe mood swings
Shortness of breath

Apart from the side effects that have been mentioned above, there are even more serious side effect of consumption of the kava. There have been cases where by the use of kava have been linked to damages in the liver, and even death in some cases.