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Kava Capsules

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Ask Makaira | 0 comments

Kava Capsules

The big “plus” of Kava Capsules is the fact that there’s no mess, they’re super portable, and they’re easy to take. You can definitely get an opportunity to feel the effects of Kava without having to make anything! This is perhaps why they consistently are our #2 product here, ahead of powdered Kava root. As always, give them a try knowing you’re covered by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Kava Root Powder

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Ask Makaira | 4 comments

Kava Root Powder

Amazingly enough, as I looked through our informative blog articles (close to 200 of them!), I was very surprised to see that I have missed a number of simple topics regarding Kava Kava root.  One of those glaring omissions is an article on Kava root powder!  Kava root powder is and will probably always be our Top Selling product here at Kona Kava Farm. We offer several cultivars of Kava root in various forms, but I will focus only on the powders for now.  In its simplest form, Kava is a root that grows both underground and along the ground.  Kava root that grows along the ground is called “lateral root”.  Any Kava that grows underground is simply called “Kava root”.  We focus on Hawaiian Kava, since that’s where our farm is, and that’s the variety we feel is the happiest form of Kava around. At Kona Kava Farm, we first offer Powdered Kava Root, which can be a blend of various types of Kava.  It works well for those who don’t consider themselves connoisseurs of Kava as it’s the least expensive root we offer.  It’s an inexpensive way into the wonderful world of Kava, and definitely has plenty of kick with a verified 9% Kavalactone content on average.  Just a couple of tablespoons blended and then strained will offer all the pleasures of Kava. The most popular Kava root powder we offer is the “Powdered Kava Root Plus”, which can be found on our main Kava Page as well as on the Kava Marketplace, on The Find, and various other places.  This is a Hawaiian Noble Kava Root with a chemotype of either 4-2-6 or 2-4-6.  Kava that’s high in Kavain is also known as the “happiest” Kava there is, and our Noble variety Kava root powder plus is no exception.  We manufacture all of our root under very strict conditions, testing the Kava when it comes out of the ground, and then again, after it’s been packaged into our classic gold foil pouches. The next question on most people’s mind’s is “How Do I Consume My Kava Root Powder?”  Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of helpful articles on that very topic.  Two of the best, complete with lots of customer comments articles are “What’s The Best Way To Take Kava?” and “How to Use Kava?”  If you don’t want to read yet another article, then I offer the simplest preparation method below.  It’s the traditional way of making powdered Kava root into a drink, and it’s also the most popular. Strain the dried kava powder in water. In Hawaii the strainer is often a nylon stocking, cheesecloth, one-gallon paint strainer, or muslin bags. Use 1 ounce of powder per person (2 tablespoons). Place the powder into the strainer bag, hold its edges together at the top with your hand so that none of the powder escapes. Then, immerse the bag into a bowl of cool water. The amount of water will vary according to taste but a good rule of thumb is 1 ounce of powder to a pint of water. Use your hand to knead the kava under the water or bring the strainer out and squeeze then immerse it again in the water. The kneading is the most critical step in the entire process! The kava should feel oily at first which is due to kavalactone levels. Keep repeating this process until the kava in your strainer no longer feels oily. The water should take on the appearance of mud; the color of your kava brew may range from tan to dark brown depending on the varietal...

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Kava and Prescription Medication

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Ask Makaira | 8 comments

Kava and Prescription Medication

We know kava, we know how it affects us personally (all people experience things differently, just like with coffee and alcohol), and we know it is safe by itself. If you have any questions about how kava might react with your prescription medication, or any medication, the very best person to talk to is the one who prescribed that medicine to you; your doctor!

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Why We Use Only the Roots

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Ask Makaira | 0 comments

Why We Use Only the Roots

The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority. For that reason we only use kava roots and never incorporate leaves or stems in any of our products.

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No Effects From Kava!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Ask Makaira | 0 comments

No Effects From Kava!

Dear Makaira, I tried all of the Kava products I ordered and didn’t feel a single thing from anything of them.  Please advise! Sincerely, Concerned Customer ~~~~~~~~~~ As always, we’re sorry to hear that a Kava product didn’t live up to a customer’s expectations.  Every Kava product we offer is proudly manufactured under strict FDA-compliant conditions in a G.M.P. manufacturing facility.  That means our Kava products not only adhere to a basic minimum of quality, but we go above and beyond the requirements by listing genuine Kavalactone content of every one of our Kava products. All of our Kava, whether it’s raw root, Kavalactone Paste, or even the Kava Tincture; all of these products have a carefully-engineered, but naturally-crafted level of Kavalactone in the product. So, if you’re not feeling the effects you wanted from the Kava you received, we offer our TOP FIVE suggestions: 01. Kava has a reverse tolerance.  That means the more you ingest Kava, the lass you need to feel the effects.  For those we call “hardheads”, we suggest that you try Kava every day over the course of a few days.  Also, you may want to make sure that you’re not in the middle of a zillion other things.  When first getting to know Kava, it’s best to already be relaxed, so you can actually feel the wonderful effects both physically and mentally. 02. FDA is VERY Conservative.  We have to follow the strict serving sizes set out by the FDA, but they are VERY conservative.  If you’re not feeling the effects you expected, very carefully and under doctor supervision, you can try to double the amount of Kava you take per serving initially, to get a better sense of the effects of Kava.  As with anything, Kava can be abused, so be careful and carefully monitor your ingestion.  Kava’s effects can be extremely intensified when mixed with alcohol as well, so we highly suggest being in a quiet place, without any alcohol or caffeine in your system. 03. Get familiar with Kava.  Believe it or not, something that happens more often than you might expect, is that people are unfamiliar with the effects Kava has, and don’t recognize them right away, even when they are giddily floating in the clouds from the Kava they just took.  We Westerners have been conditioned to except some very specific effects from the very narrow range of products that we have available to us.  When people consume Kava, they often expect to feel tipsy, or they expect to feel giggly, or they expect to suddenly want to be a social butterfly.  The effects of Kava are a little more subtle than that, and although this might sound like nonsense, it can take a few tries, perhaps an entire week of working with Kava to recognize what it’s actually doing to your mind and your mood. 04. Stronger Kava Products.  For those few who don’t feel anything from the products they purchased, we always resort to the strongest Kava supplement we offer.  And that is the Kavalactone 55% Paste or the Full Spectrum 55% Paste.  What’s the difference between the two?  The Kavalactone 55% Paste is an extract of only the 6 major Kavalactones that are found in Kava and nothing else.  The Full Spectrum 55% Paste has the 6 major Kavalactones, PLUS the rest of the Kavalactones in Kava.  It’s a full spectrum product that has the while energy from the whole plant contained within it.  It’s up to personal preference which one you prefer. 05. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.  You, of course, are covered by our 100%...

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Do You Wholesale?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Ask Makaira, Featured | 3 comments

Do You Wholesale?

Yes, yes, and yes! We love to wholesale our Kona Kava Farm products and KavaDotCom products to our treasured customers. If it’s between 9-5, Monday-Friday Pacific Time, feel free to call me; Bryan directly at 716-803-6428 to discuss. Most of our wholesale information is answered in the “Do You Wholesale?” FAQ on our parent site; KavaDotCom, but I can give you a rundown here

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