Can I Use Kava for Dreaming?

Posted by on May 12, 2007 in Ask Makaira | 12 comments

Can I Use Kava for Dreaming?We have often been asked if one can use kava for dreaming. To be honest, we have never directly tested this, nor have we found any anecdotal evidence about it on the internet. It would seem that kava and dreaming would go hand in hand, especially because many use it for gaining a more restful sleep. If one is having a more restful sleep, then it only makes sense that one will not only have more dreams, but will retain more dreams as well.

We have also read many articles about plants such as valerian root, Calea Zacatechichi, Wild Lettuce, Sea Bean, and a few others that have often been utilized for increasing the frequency and the recollection of dreams. African culture believes that contact with ancestors is accomplished through dreams, and they use several plants for helping to invoke more vivid dreaming, though Kava, at the moment, is not one of them.

We wonder what they might think of our blessed root from the Pacific!

We would love to hear from any of our customers regarding this topic, and because of the number of question about using kava for dreaming, we have decided to do our own research into this possibility. I, for one, am an avid fan of lucid dreaming, and have kept a dream journal for well over 20 years, but it’s impossible for me to say if kava is responsible for my frequent and vivid lucid dreaming, partly because kava has been such an integral part of my life since I was a little girl.

Please post your comments and experiences on this subject here, we’d love to hear from you!

Also, I recently found this fascinating site on Dream Herbs. They don’t have an article on kava yet, but they discuss lots of different dreaming herbs, and I hope to see kava pop up there one day!

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  1. Aloha Sean!

    Thanks for your comment. As I mentioned in this article, I’ve been using kava every day for so long that I’m not sure it influences my dreams, but I do have very vivid dreams quite regularly. Keep enjoying your kava!

    Aloha no,

  2. I’ve been taking Kava Kava 450 mg capsules and I seem to have more vivid dreams. Last night I had a dream so real I woke up wondering where I was. But I love Kava Kava to relaxes me and helps me sleep alot better.

  3. Wow, thank you for sharing this amazing experience with us! As I mentioned, I do experience lucid dream states as you describe fairly often, but since I have been drinking kava for such a long time, it’s difficult for me to say if my dreams are a result of the kava. So, it’s very encouraging to see that you have been experiencing such a positive effect from our paste! I hope that it helps you to reach even deeper into your dream states as you continue to work with it!

  4. I will say that after using the 84% Kava Paste for several nights. My dream state has been amazing. The first night I wasn’t expecting anything. I was just in aww that my dream state I was able to “control” the actions and movement of my self through out the dream. Something I have been practicing for as long as I can remember but this just took it to another level. It didn’t dawn on me at first that he Kava had helped. I will be looking into the above recipe as well.

    I just put the paste right under my tongue and let it dissolve. It’s almost an instant state change, I don’t care about the bitter taste, but that is relative to the user.

  5. Thank you nameless author for such an exciting recipe! I hope visitors try this and post their experiences here. I know I’m going to try this, and I’ll try to get others on the farm to try it as well. Also, we do send free packages of Kava for any posted recipe, and technically, this does qualify as a recipe! Aloha no, Makaira

  6. Dream Potion Recipe:
    Take the following supplements together:
    One tablet of Kava-Kava
    One to Two capsules of Valerian Root
    One tablet of Passion Flower
    40 drops of Holy Basil (Tulsi) in a glass of cold, pure water.
    Drink the water and take the above supplements.
    [Sometimes I double the valerian for a deep sedation.] If you lie still on your back and let your body go to sleep, but your mind is still awake, you will start to enter REM in a waking state, from which you will either have a lucid Dream, sleep paralysis, and even experience an OOBE.

  7. Well this isn’t very scientific, but after drinking Kava, and watching some documentary about Fiji before going to bed. I had a dream I was in Fiji and it was pretty damn detailed. Then again I seem to have vivid dreams regardless of Kava consumption.

  8. Im pretty sure kava kava causes dreams. I drunk some last night some time before sleep, and the whole night, I had dreams, but the only problem was, since im new to lucid dreaming, I would remember some times its a dream, and other times for get and lose control sort of speak. I normally rarely have dreams like I did last night. I have not slept as good as I did in a LONG time. It was great, and I greatly appreciate this herb. To any one looking to use this herb, treat kava kava with respect and care, and you will have an awesome time!

  9. We have often heard of stories about Kava lovers using Kava as a tool to help induce vivid dreaming, and have often been curious about it. I don’t often have lucid dreams, but have found that when using Kava just before bedtime (I much prefer to take it long before bedtime, so I get to enjoy myself!), i tend to not only have more dreams, but i am far more capable of remembering them.

    I don’t know if this is due to my intent before going to bed, but personally, there is a definite link between taking Kava before bed, and having increased dream recall or activity. We certainly have our share of customers who swear by Kava as an important dreaming tool for them, with several who say that they use it to INDUCE lucid dreams! – Aloha no, Makaira

  10. I definitely have more vivid dreams when taking it. Plus, I can remember what I dreamed about too. Without taking it I hardly remember dreaming anymore…weird.  Any thoughts?

  11. i don’t know if this really counts as valid…
    but kava came to me in a dream. it came in the form of a man in his prime (good looking too, heh heh) and told me things about himself. actually…he talked a lot… about many different things. big talker i guess. 😉
    ever since that dream every time i’ve taken kava before bed i have had many vivid dreams that have guided me well.
    ok that’s it. yay.

  12. I have used Kava mostly during the day, with results feeling more like stimulation and giddy euphoria. For dreaming, I would highly reccomend mugwort oil. One drop anoints the temples, upper lip and third eye – potent, poignant dreams consistently ensue – assured when sleeping on the back.

    – tonya kayos


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