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Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not meant to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. What we present here is the literature we are familiar with and our own experiences related to the consumption of kava as a traditional beverage. If you do suffer from an illness, take any medications, require treatment or health advice, or have any other health concerns, you should consult your qualified health professional whether you can safely use kava.

By The Kava Society, Aug 29 2017 07:45AM

Today’s post looks at the different ways of preparing and drinking kava, as well as the art of listening to the kava. We start with a look at ways in which kava is consumed as a social lubricant, particularly in places like Tonga or Fiji and then look at the method of drinking stronger kava in a more contemplative, meditative manner, i.e. the practice of “listening to the kava”.


By The Kava Society, Feb 18 2017 01:38AM

People often ask us how much kava powder they should be using per session. This is a really difficult question to answer. While the commonly published "maximum recommended daily dose of kavalactones" is 250mg, this is much less than the amount traditionally consumed. Why is there such a discrepency between the Western recommendations and the practices of kava's traditional consumers? In this post we will try to explain the rationale behind different kinds of recommendations and share our own perspective on the question of kava dosage.


By The Kava Society, Feb 17 2016 03:16AM

A couple of months ago a group of travellers from around the Pacific organised (probably) the first kava session in the Vatican (see picture below). While this could have indeed been the first kava even in this tiny country, let's not forget that popes and bishops are no strangers to kava. John Paul II famously had a big shell of kava in Fiji back in 1986 and countless other church members have consumed it both around the Pacific and in other places inhabited by various Pacific islanders.



Drinking kava in the Vatican (source: http://350pacific.org)
Drinking kava in the Vatican (source: http://350pacific.org)


This reminds us of an interesting article on kava drinking and Christianity published a few months ago online. Check it out to learn more:


Peter Vandever: Jesus Would Drink Kava

By The Kava Society, Jan 17 2016 07:13AM

Many new kava users are very confused by the great variety of kava types, strains and forms and often need to spend hours online trying to figure out which kava to try. We've decided to write this quick article to sum up some of the basic info on the differences between various kavas available on the market.



By The Kava Society, Jul 25 2015 05:55AM

Few kava lovers drink it for its taste. Most people find kava to be quite bitter or even unpleasant. There are milder tasting kavas (e.g. some of our Hawaiian varieties or one or two Tongan kavas) and there are REALLY bitter kavas (e.g. the heavier kavas from Vanuatu). But in any case every kava can be a bit unpleasant. This is why many kava users try to find a way to mitigate the unpleasant tasting experience while still being able to enjoy the beautiful kava effects. Some people like mixing micronized or instant kavas with their favourite soft drink. This can be a very good solution for the beginners and those who want to drink only small amounts of kava. Those that want to have a longer kava session, feel that consuming a lot of sweet liquid masking the kava taste in itslef can get a bit unpleasant. These people prefer to use after kava chasers.


In the urban kava bars of Vanuatu one can buy fresh fruit slices, which work great as chasers (and are quite healthy!). Pineapples and grapes seem particularly effective. We also like to eat sweet pineapples in between our kava shells. Another solution is to drink real fruit juice (e.g. the range offered by Homegrown). The apple juice works great. An even better (albeit not for everyone) is the Ginger, Honey and Lemon juice.


Those who want to combine good flavours with kava-potentiating effects, may want to consider using strong herbal tea (our preferences: peppermint, ginger or kawakawa - either separetly or even as a mixture ) in between their shells. It can be quite delicious AND can help to potentiate some of kava's effects (the heat makes it easier for the kavalactones to go through the stomach membrene). What is more, many herbal teas can ease any stomach discomfort you may experience after drinking kava.


We generally do not recommend using sparking beverages as they can prove to be a bit too "heavy" on the stomach. It's best to go for natural (and healthy) products.


Bula!




A bowl of fresh kava and fresh fruits served in a kava bar in Port Vila
A bowl of fresh kava and fresh fruits served in a kava bar in Port Vila
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