Kava drinking in Hamilton: An interview with Dr Apo Aporosa

Last week one of our members travelled down to Hamilton to visit Dr Apo Aporosa, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Waikato who is one of the leading kava scholars and a true enthusiast and promoter of the kava culture. Apo also runs the Waikato University Kava Club and an informal network of local kava drinkers who meet regularly around Hamilton for relaxed kava sessions. Our member had the opportunity to participate in one of their sessions at Apo's place on Sunday and also got a chance to chat about his research projects. He's asked him a few questions that could be of interest and relevance to many other kava drinkers: 

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Kava and performance anxiety

Nicholas Ross Smith, a lecturer at the University of Auckland and the Auckland University of Technology and one of the founding members of our Society is no stranger to public speaking (both at the university and in the NZ media) and to performance anxiety. We've asked him to share some of his thoughts on whether kava could be of any use in such situations. 

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Kava for Insomnia

For many kava users, the plant's powerful relaxing properties make it a highly effective and safe cure for insomnia or other sleep disorders. According to our fellow kava drinkers, unlike in the case of many of the manufactured drugs, kava is capable of bringing a truly restful and deep sleep without potential for addiction or high risk of harmful side effects. Kava can help you to sleep well by addressing the key factors causing problems with sleep: stress and anxiety (for one example of a scientific study looking at kava's effectiveness in relieving stress and insomnia click here). While the plant won't make your real-life problems go away, it may bring a relief from excessive stress and various forms of anxiety. As noted by our friends, it can relax your muscles and give your mind much-needed calmness, tranquility. . 

As always, remember that we are not medical professionals and the above statements simply reflect our own experiences and the literature we are familiar with. If you do suffer from any illness, take medications or require treatment or have any concerns, consult your GP whether you can safely use kava. 

 

 

Can kava get you high?

A guest post by Garry Stoner from TK Labs

Does kava get you "high"?

An often asked question, but one that requires some definitions. Most people have no qualms about applying the term to the use of controversial substances like marijuana or to the abuse of common substances (such as sniffing glue), but hesitate to use the word when describing the effects of legally prescribed drugs which induce similar effects. To me, this carries the implication that if you're ingesting a substance under the direction of a "doctor", what you are feeling isn't "high".

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