Kava or kava kava is a crop of the Pacific Islands. The name kava(-kava) is from Tongan and Marquesan, meaning 'bitter'; other names for kava include ʻawa (Hawaiʻi), ʻava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), sakau (Pohnpei), seka (Kosrae), and malok or malogu (parts of Vanuatu). Kava is consumed for its sedating effects throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, including Hawaii, Vanuatu, Melanesia, and some parts of Micronesia. To a lesser extent, it is consumed in nations where it is exported as an herbal medicine.
The root of the plant is used to produce a drink with sedative, anesthetic, and euphoriant properties. Its active ingredients are called kavalactones. A systematic review done by the British nonprofit Cochrane concluded it was likely to be more effective than placebo at treating short-term anxiety.
Kava is consumed before the beginning of any important religious ritual or ceremony. Most commonly though it is used as a beverage to relax and unwind from the day. Often served at Nakamals (Kava Bars), drinking socially instead of alcohol. It has no addictive properties and is ingrained in cultural tradition.
The effects of drinking Kava have been well documented over the years. Drinking it can reduce social inhibitions and induce a sense of euphoria and happiness compared to other nootropics. Depending on the type of Kava you drink, you can experience 3 different feeling. The first one is great for daytime use. It creates a clear-headed calm and provides a slight boost of energy. The second is better suited for evening use and act with more of a sedative effect. The last one is the combination of the two. Giving you the best of both worlds!
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