Kava, also known as Piper Methysticum or the “intoxicating pepper,” is a species of plant that is derived from the South Pacific Islands. There are over 80 different types of of Kava plants grown throughout Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii and many more. The main component that is extracted from the plant are known as Kavalactones.
In order to feel the effects of the Kavalactones, South Pacific natives comsume the Kava drink for ceremonial and recreational purposes. The effects that the Kavalactones produce are a very calm, relaxing feeling which helps relieve anxiety, stress, insomnia and even muscle tension. Of the varieties of Kava you can drink, some are known to effect only the mind, some will strictly effect the body and some will even have a beautiful mixture of both.
Kava is also a detoxifier as well as a diuretic. The relaxed environment that follows Kava drinkers is unmatched. It is not recommended to mix Kava with Alcohol, Anti Anxiety Medication, Anti Depressants due to side effects that may be unpleasant and damage the liver. If you are pregnant or nursing a child it is also recommended to stay away from Kava.