The Kava Blog
Welcome to our blog!
We will use this space to post stories and articles about kava culture, science and various kava experiences. Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions for new posts.
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, 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, 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, Nov 2 2015 02:21AM
Today we are looking at how to make each (evening) kava session perfect, based on our own experiences. This guide is meant to be of use to those who want to drink kava at home, by themselves or with their partner/friend. We will soon publish another post dedicated to those who, like us, usually drink kava with a bunch of other people.
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.
A bowl of fresh kava and fresh fruits served in a kava bar in Port Vila
By The Kava Society, Apr 23 2015 04:29AM
So, you have heard about kava, the South Pacific plant and beverage. You have probably heard about its relaxing properties and that many people find it to be a good, non-addictive and non-stuporous alternative to alcohol. You might have heard people saying that kava helps them to take "the edge off" without making them lose mental awareness or control over their bodies and minds. You might have heard about the numerous sportsmen that use kava for their tired muscles or in order to calm their nerves after an important game. Whatever it is that you have heard about kava, it has made you interested enough to look for more information about it and to potentially try it.
Many people visiting our website or asking us about kava on campus are eager to try it, but often do not really know how to do it, or at least how to make the most out of their first kava session. Some of you are lucky and can just join us for one of our weekly sessions. Others have no choice but to consult Dr Google on how to begin their kava journey. The internet is full of articles and videos describing various preparation methods, as well as hundreds of other matters related to kava consumption, kava effects, kava dosage, kava types, kava forms, etc. However, what seems lacking is a short, concise guide to organizing your very first kava session in the most effective and enjoyable way. We've decided to to write this short article in order to fill this gap.