Today I realized there are no articles specifically about Kava on Kratom Cafe, which is why I have created the following article which explains what it is, it’s benefits, as well as some science about it’s alkaloids and how they work. Indeed, it is an incredible plant with many benefits, and also is extremely safe, and therefore I believe everyone should know about Kava. Even Kratom users could benefit from having Kava on hand.
First off, Kava is often known as Kava Kava. Notably, I remember about 10 years ago when I started Kratom that it was always called Kava Kava, but nowadays almost everyone calls it Kava.
The scientific name of Kava is Piper Methysticumm, and it grows across the South and Equatorial Pacific in places such as Hawaii, Vanuatu, Micronesia, the Samoas, Tonga, Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Fiji.
Notably, unlike Kratom where the most alkaloids are found in the leaves, the highest concentration of alkaloids are found in Kava’s roots. Therefore, Kava products are derived from the roots of the plant.
Due to this growing Kratom is much different than growing Kava. With Kratom the tree keeps growing and growing, and farmers simply pick the leaves. With Kava the entire plant has to be ripped out of the ground and killed to get the roots, and it takes 4 years for a plant to become mature enough to harvest.
Therefore, farming Kava is much more time consuming and expensive than farming Kratom.
As for Kava’s effects and benefits, the first thing that users notice when they drink Kava is that it numbs the entire mouth, and this numbing sensation is comparable to Cocaine. Therefore, it is actually a highly effective local anesthetic.
Beyond that, Kava’s more significant effects are a surge of euphoria in addition to complete anxiety and stress relief, and perhaps even a tad of pain relief as well. Also, the experience usually transitions into a sedated state after the surge of euphoria, making Kava an excellent supplement for counteracting insomnia.
To put it into less scientific terms, when I take Kava it feels like I am transported to a serene tropical beach, and all my nervousness and stress goes away. Basically, it is an incredible supplement to have on hand to eliminate anxiety and stress. I will be posting an in-depth experience article on Kratom Cafe soon which will have much more details about what taking Kava is actually like.
Briefly diving into some Kava science, its effects are caused by its alkaloids which are called Kavalactones. There are at least 18 different Kavalactones, and they have a broad range of pharmacokinetic effects including potentiating GABAa, inhibiting re-uptake of Norepinephrine and Dopamine, binding to the Cannabinoid receptor CB1, Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), interaction with the serotonin and histamine receptors, and even some interactions with the mu and delta opioid receptors.
Future articles on Kratom Cafe will really deep dive Kavalactone science, since if I tried to explain the complete science of Kavalactones in this article, it would be as long as a book. The important thing to know is that Kavalactones interact with an incredibly diverse range of receptors, so the effects of Kava are quite complex.
Thus, Kava is a completely natural supplement obtained from the root of the Kava plant which grows across the South and Equatorial Pacific, and it relieves stress and anxiety, provides euphoria, induces sedation/counteracts insomnia, and provides local anesthetic effects.
Generally Kratom users love Kava, so if you are a Kratom user and haven’t tried it yet, I recommend it. I am not saying mix Kava with Kratom, since I usually take them at different times, but rather if you like the effects of Kratom, then Kava is right up your alley.
On a final note, my favorite form of Kava by far is this 70% Kavalactone extract paste which you can buy on Amazon at this link. It works instantly, is quite powerful, and is very effective. Another decent option is the highly potent Kava shot at this link which contains 500 mg of Kavalactones.