Kava (Updated in 2023)
It seemed strange to have have a website named kava.com, without a single article named “Kava” on the website! There’s so much to talk about in relation to this incredibly, safe, effective, and versatile herbal supplement. We will do our best to steer you in the right direction as quickly as possible.
First things first, though. We feel the best place to start your journey is to read our extensive and detailed; “WHERE DO I BEGIN WITH KAVA?”
The largest swath of traffic on Google that isn’t simply the word “kava” is “kava drink“. So we focus a lot of our articles here on the consumption of kava. If you scroll down the “Where Do I Begin…” page, you will find a discussion of consumption options at #3 on the page. Otherwise, below is a list that seemed most relevant to this page, especially for those looking for Kava in the interest of consuming it rather than simply researching it. If you are here for the research, please look to our KAVA LIBRARY instead, where there are a plethora of articles on all things kava, including history, uses, safety and more.
- We have an article on “HOW TO PREPARE KAVA” to help you discover simple traditional ways of enjoying this drink.
- One list of recipes is on our original website from the 1990s; FAVORITE KAVA RECIPES.
- Look to “WHAT MAKES GOOD DRINKING KAVA” to see what is the “best” kind you can buy.
- If you want culinary option, look to “BAKING WITH KAVA” to see what the limits are. (Our fave is KAVA BROWNIES).
No single recipe or preparation fits everyone. That is why we have spent the past 20+ years online listening to our customers’ needs, ideas, and requests. This has resulted in a large number of different Kava products.
Kava has been used for generations by Polynesian peoples in the Pacific ocean, including Hawaii. In many of these cultures, its use is deeply tied into religious and cultural practices; it’s a part of some formal ceremonies and rites as well as less formal social gatherings and storytelling sessions.
Here are a few of our favorite articles on the History of Kava from our Library:
Anyway, as the world gets smaller and smaller, ancient traditions once confined to particular regions are now becoming known in all corners of the globe. One very striking example of this phenomenon is the relatively recent introduction to the Western world. This once-obscure herb is now being consumed by a rapidly increasing number of people, as the word spreads about the wonders of this relaxing and restorative beverage.
Effects & Uses
After experiencing the benefits and effects of a correctly-prepared kava drink, one can easily see why this benevolent herb is such an integral part of so many ancient cultures of the region: The profoundly relaxed state that ensues within just a few minutes of consuming the beverage endows the user with the calm necessary to commune with the divine, or simply with a group of friends. This is likely why so much research has been done on kava’s ability to help ease stress and anxiety. It’s so effective, that many places in Europe actually prescribe kava instead of pharmaceutical medications.
A few key articles that will help guide you along your path of discovery for stress, anxiety and insomnia would be:
- Does Kava Work for Anxiety?
- Current Scientific Research on Kava
- Is Kava Safe for Children?
- Kava Benefits and Side Effects
- How Does Kava Make You Feel?
While in the United States and in the rest of the Western world, kava is being used without many of its traditional trappings, it’s essentially enjoyed for the same reasons—who couldn’t use a little relaxation from time to time? Though kava is developing a significant but less formalized place in our society, its effects are universally appreciated throughout the globe.
Many are finding that kava is a superior alternative to alcohol as a way to relax after a long day, and others are discovering that it has medicinal uses (which have long been known in Polynesia). These uses include inducing profoundly restful sleep in those experiencing insomnia and relieving the pain of migraine sufferers.
And as opposed to alcohol or prescription medications, kava has virtually no side effects. In fact, any longer-term effects reported by kava users tend to be positive: Increased mental clarity, a greater sense of ease, and even increased energy and ability to concentrate.
The restorative calm that this ancient root provides leaves the user with a long-lasting sense of well-being, especially as it’s integrated into a larger set of stress management techniques. Simply taking a little time out of one’s day to reflect can do wonders for the disposition, and when this type of self-reflection is combined with kava, the benefits are felt ten-fold. Many believe that repeating this “ritual” regularly will transform even the most high-strung, stressed out individual into a well of peace and clarity.
As opposed to pharmaceuticals and various fads, kava can be trusted to deliver a true, lasting peace of mind, as it has for generations by various cultures in Polynesia. All the proof one needs can be found by examining the critical role it plays in its indigenous region. And with all of the varieties available today, there’s no reason not to give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Here are a few of our many articles that discuss the misinformation that has clouded the truth about kava:
- Truth Behind False Liver Damage Claims
- Current Scientific Research on Kava
- Understanding the German Kava Ban
- 2012 Article on Kava Side Effects and Liver
- True Dangers of Alcohol Consumption – NOT KAVA
So, enjoy your visit here. We’ve got everything from kava history, location, uses, research, safety issues, as well as our favorite places to buy it. We have a number of articles that discuss our favorite ways to prepare it, as well as lots of great questions posed by many of our visitors. Aloha!
If you’re looking to do more research on Kava, we have a large library of Kava-related articles in our Kava Library.
I started taking kava today to relieve anxiety. However, I wonder if there’s any possibility of me developing a tolerance to it and having to increase dosage to compensate for that.
I have taken kava for several weeks at a time without a break and have not noticed a tolerance developing. Of course, everyone’s experience is different, but I haven’t heard many reports of other people developing tolerances, either.
Best of luck!