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Rin (verified owner) – June 17, 2016
Not really certain about this Kava. I followed the recommendation and didn’t get much of a impact from it. It did numb my mouth which suggest’s it’s of good quality but as far as effects, I didn’t seem to get any. May buy more give it another shot at a higher dose at some point and will re-update this if possible. Kind of wish Kratora carried normal Kava powder as opposed to just extracts.
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Kava (piper methysticum, which translates into “intoxicating pepper”) is derived from the root of a plant that’s native to Polynesia, Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga, the Samoas, the Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Vanuatu – the island nation that is regarded as the official “home” of kava.
Kava is commonly cultivated in Vanuatu, where it thrives in hot, humid conditions. Grown in moist, loose soil in an area with indirect sunlight, the kava plant is harvested for its roots. The roots contain kavalactones, which increase in concentration in older plants. It’s these kavalactones which are responsible for kava’s effects.
There are actually two varieties of kava: noble kava and non-noble kava. Noble kava is the type used to create extracts, like Kratora’s 30% kava extract.
Kava is used throughout the Pacific, largely as a ceremonial drink, as it’s favored for its ability to bring about a happy, euphoric, social and relaxed sensation. In fact, in recent years, kava bars have emerged in the U.S., particularly in Florida, Hawaii and California.
Our kava 30% extract is prepared by increasing the concentration of the kavalactones.
The US FDA has not approved this herb to be sold for internal use. Sold for external use only.
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Kava’s effects are many and varied, including relaxation, anxiety relief, talkativeness, euphoria, mild pain relief, muscle relaxation, and a general feeling of well-being. It’s especially effective for those who suffer from social anxiety.
The effects of kava last for an average duration of 6 to 8 hours.
There are six primary kavalactones in kava root extract. They are kavain, yangonin, methysticin, dihydrokavain, dihydromethysticin and desmethoyyangonin. For those who enjoy the more scientific aspect of pharmacology, kava’s kavalactones have been found to potentiate GABA-A receptor activity, while inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine and dopamine.
Notably, kava tolerance can arise if it’s used on a daily basis, necessitating the usage of progressively higher dosages to achieve the desired effects. But kava is not considered addictive.
More concentrated 30% kava extract is ideal for those who prefer a larger dosage but are prone to stomach upset when taking large amounts of kava powder. Kava extract is more concentrated, so the amount required is far less than the less concentrated powders.
Additionally, there is some evidence that kavalactones actually “reset” the brain’s receptors, resulting in a phenomena known as “reverse tolerance.” This means that kava can relieve anxiety even after the kavalactones have left your system.
Side effects can include vomiting and nausea. Side effects are most common when kava is taken on an empty stomach. Heavy, long term kava usage can result in a skin rash known as “kava dermopathy.”
When blended with alcohol, kava can deliver potent relaxation effects, but this combination should be avoided when taking any medication that depress the central nervous system, like tricyclic antidepressants, muscle relaxants and benzodiazepines. Individuals with liver function problems should also be cautious.
The average dosage for 30% kava extract is approximately 4 grams, which works out to around 1 tablespoon. It takes about 20 minutes for the full effects to be felt.
Some kavalactones dissolve in water, while others dissolve in fats like milk. So by blending a bit of milk and water to blend your kava drink, you can enjoy a more potent dosage. Kava can be blended with all types of milk, including cow’s milk, goat’s milk, buttermilk, soy milk, coconut milk or almond milk.
It’s best to avoid warming kava because the heat can cause damage to the active constituents, the kavalactones, resulting in weaker effects. Also, avoid straining any undissolved powder to maximize potency.
It’s also possible to place kava extract into capsules. It’s generally best to drink a full cup of warm milk to help dissolve the capsules and kavalactones.