Effects of Kava Kava

If you have any interest in herbal botanicals, there's a good chance you've heard of the kava plant. Some people are hesitant to try kava because they aren't sure how it will affect them, and may have heard misleading information about the safety and effects of kava kava. Let us be the first to tell you that it's completely safe, and full of positive effects for the mind and body!

Perhaps the best way to think about kava is to consider how it's traditionally been used. Pacific Islanders have used kava for centuries for medicinal purposes as well as for ceremonial, political, and even social purposes. Kava can ease anxiety and put you in a calm and clear state of mind*. More and more people are using kava to gain relief from everyday stress*, as well as the type of chronic stress that can lead to health problems such as anxiety and sleeplessness. Kava is also free of harmful side effects, and despite its calming properties it will not interfere with overall energy levels or cognition; in some studies, kava was actually demonstrated to improve mental focus and concentration!*

Physically, kava can be used as a local anesthetic or pain reliever*. When you drink it, it can produce a numbness in the mouth and tongue area as your blood vessels in that area contract. This just means it's working--relax, and let the soothing kavalactones do their thing! Emotionally, kava produces a sense of general well-being*, as well as a noticeably increased urge for talking. It's no wonder that kava consumption is often the harbinger of long tales and intense discussions!

In past years, some studies alleged that kava use has dangerous side effects. However, more recent reviews of these studies found that their methodology was flawed: the findings were based on a small number of case studies in which subjects had taken kava in combination with alcohol or drugs that affect the central nervous system, such as benzodiazepines. In a few cases, the raw kava material used to make the extracts was of substandard quality and contained the inedible leaves and stem peelings.

Ready to experience the beneficial effects of kava kava for yourself? Here at Kona Kava Farm, we grow only the best kava kava plants, and we do so according to strict organic farming guidelines. Our kava products are made using only the root of the kava plant, which is just how Pacific Islanders have enjoyed kava for hundreds of years. So go ahead--see just how rested, calm, and alert you feel with a little bit of kava in your diet.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to cure, treat, diagnose, or prevent any disease.