Why Isn’t Your Kava WS 1490 Certified?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in Ask Makaira | 12 comments

Why Isn't Your Kava WS 1490 Certified?CUSTOMER QUESTION: “The standard of highest quality is WS 1490. Is the quality of your product mentioned anywhere on the packaging?  If not, why not?”

MAKAIRA’S ANSWER: The power of pharmaceutical companies and the power of the press continues to amaze us here at Kona Kava Farm. WS 1490 is a pharmaceutical extract of Kava Kava, and in no way is a pure, powerful plant form of this natural root.  It’s a patented form of a specific Kava extract that is owned by a pharmaceutical company.

We do not offer pharmaceutical-owned patented versions of kava extracts, but only offer the purest forms of Kava in their pure states as well as extracts of the plant that utilize natural, modern extraction technology.  Every one of our extracts doesn’t compromise the efficacies of the natural botanical alkaloids established by 3000 years of cultural experience.

WS 1490 is a patented extract that shot to fame momentarily in the pharmaceutical industry based on a 5-week randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind investigation that confirmed the efficacy and good tolerance of a kava-originated special extract. If anyone wishes to learn more about this extract and how Kava and its alkaloids are perceived by the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA here in the US, I urge you to look here:


We continue to offer organically grown Kava on our small family farm that has a uniquely potent strain of Kava with the most desirable 4-2-6 Kavalactone lineup. We so firmly believe in the quality of our product that we offer the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee as always. Unhappy with your Kava for any reason? Simply return it to us for a full refund or replacement, no questions asked.

With well over 100,000 orders shipped since we started offering Kava Kava on the internet in 2003, we’ve had less than 100 returns total! That’s a 0.1% return rate; something we’re very proud of!

Aloha no,

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  1. Marie,

    Sometimes, there are things so inherent to our manufacturing process, that it doesn’t occur to post them. One of those items is that any of our extracts are indeed CO2 extracted. Since some of the best Kava is a blend of lateral and underground roots, we offer various types of Kava blends in our powdered roots and extracts. But, we only use the roots; the non-poisonous parts of the Kava plant for obvious reasons.

    And, we test all of our Kava in a testing lab before releasing it to the marketplace, to ensure that it’s as safe as possible.

    Hope this helps!

    Aloha no,

  2. Hello:
    My physician has recommended that I try Kava Kava prepared from lateral roots, only, and by a CO2 method of extraction. What exactly is your method of extraction and do you use only the lateral roots? I am unable to determine from your website.
    I am unable to eat honey or chocolate, as I have a fructose intolerance … I am also extremely lactose intolerant … what are the non-kava ingredients of your Kava Root-Only and your 30% Kavalalactone capsules.
    Thank you.

  3. Aloha Joel!

    Thanks for coming back with an update! I’m so happy to hear the kava capsules are what you’re looking for. Definitely leave another comment and let us know how the family ceremony goes! 🙂 I’m so happy that you are making a space for kava in your family bonding ritual!

    Aloha no,

  4. Just Received my package today. Wow, exceeded my expectations. I ordered your 84% kavalovetone caps and from the first dose I have experienced a wonderful calm, accepting way about me. This is just what I was looking for to help me deal with today’s anxious and stressful world we live in. In one of my previous entries I expressed including a kava cerimony in my family’s regular camping trips. I will most definatly be doing that, as a matter of fact me and my wife have set the date for Sept. 14-18 at our regular campsite on the warrior river. I will be ordering your 1/2lb of kava powderd root and 1/2 ounce of your 84% kavalactone paste .(for a boost) I am excited to add this to our family tradition of reminicing and story telling. I will keep everybody updated on our experince.



  5. Aloha Joel!

    That is a beautiful family tradition, and my heart is warmed greatly to know that you are interested in including kava as part of your tradition. Of course, I’m a little biased, but I feel that kava is the perfect choice for family traditions such as this one – it is relaxing and opens the heart greatly, allowing for the creation of strong, lasting bonds between friends and family members!

    Our kavalovetone capsules are wonderful, but I wouldn’t say that they will give you a taste of the traditional kava experience – they include a number of other wonderful herbs, meaning the experience you will have is actually of many plant energies. I would highly recommend our Mahakea Kava root powder for a traditional experience – this ground root powder is the closest to fresh kava root that can be purchased online. Using the ground kava root will also allow you to have a truly traditional kava ceremony experience with your family – you can prepare a bowl of kava by placing about 2 teaspoons per person of root powder in a muslim bag and soaking and squeezing in to cold water for about 5 minutes. Then, pass the bowl around the circle so that everyone can have a drink. This is very similar to the way my family drinks kava together every evening after a hard day of work, and it really encourages the feeling of ceremony and group bonding!

    I’m so glad you’ve chosen to include kava in your family ritual. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

    Aloha no,

  6. Dear Makaira

    I am extremly interested in having authentic Kava experiences on a regular basis. Me and my family have a favorite camping place along the warrior river that we go to several times a year where we sit around the campfire and share fond memories of loved ones that are no longer with us and tell about local legends. It helps us to keep the memories of our loved ones alive and fresh in our minds. It also brings us closer together. We are going to start including kava in our tradition. Which one of your products would you reccomend for this ? I have recently ordered your kavalovetone capsules to begin to get familliar with kava. Will this product be a good indicator of what to expect from a traditional kava experience ?

  7. Aloha Sally!

    Unfortunately, the kava laws in Australia are pretty confusing, and it’s definitely illegal for us to ship kava there. I believe it is possible to purchase kava capsules in Australia, but I’ve heard they are low quality. Since it seems that it is illegal for the most part to buy or sell kava in Australia, I can’t advise you as to how to go about getting it. It seems as if people are working towards making kava legal in Australia – perhaps it would be good to look in to that and see if you can get involved in the movement? Best of luck! 🙂 I’m definitely rooting for you!

    Aloha no,

  8. Where can I buy kava in Perth, Australia? I would obviously like to use your organically-grown kava. My interest in kava began when I visited New Caledonia last year. I have found your website very interesting!
    Best wishes

  9. Dear Kathleen,

    Unfortunately, nothing is ever going to be quite as potent as fresh kava root, which is pretty much impossible to find if you are not living in a tropical environment. The closest you will be able to get is ground kava root. Here at Kona Kava Farm we make sure that our ground kava root is always as fresh as possible, and that it retains some amount of moisture, making it more potent. If you have not tried out our ground Mahakea Kava root yet, I would recommend that to you!

    Aloha no,

  10. Hello

    On a couple of occasions in the quite distant past, i have used kava (in the native fashion), and highly enjoyed its relaxing and social benefit. I tried the ‘pills’, to no effect, for anxiety. I also purchased some powder which did not have the effect id experienced on previous occasions, with the native kava.

    Can you please comment on this?

    I would be most interested in purchasing kava which actually ‘works’ as nature intended.

    Many thanks

  11. Dear Nira,

    Standardized to get a certain amount of kavalactones mean the product has been treated in such a way that you know approximately how much of the active alkaloids are contained in the product. Our 70-210 milligrams of kavalactones means that the product contains between 70 and 210 milligrams of kavalactones – so, this product is not standardized. Both our 30% kavalactone capsules and our 84% kavalactone paste are standardized. I would recommend purchasing the 84% kavalactone paste and then taking approximately 100 milligrams at a time (if you can measure). Then you will be receiving about 84 milligrams of kavalactone – fairly close to the recommended dosage.

    Thank you for sharing information about Ms. Carper’s book – it’s always wonderful to know that people are working with and recommending kava!

    Aloha no,

  12. I read a book called Miracle Cures by Jean Carper and she indicated that a well conducted study with anxiety patients found that a dose of 100 milligrams of kava extract (standardized to 70 milligram of kavalactones three times a day significantly relieved anxiety and subjects were dramatically better after only 1 week. Is your 70-210 miligrams of kavalactones almost the same dosage as 100 milligrams of kava or is the 30% kavalactone capsules better. Also, what does standardized to get a certain amount of active kavalactones mean? That is what the book said to look for. I am very interested. Please reply to me.

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