Kava comes from the root of the pepper plant (piper methysticum) and is made into a drink.
Drinking Kava is a common practice for centuries in the South Pacific where it’s used for both ceremonial and social occasions for over 3000 years. The Kava is drank from a coconut shell and downed all at once. In Fiji before drinking kava, “BULA!” is is said which means “to long life and good health.”
At Bula Kafe we follow the Fijian tradition and drink kava in a community setting. Everybody waits for each other to get their shell of Kava. The Kavatender will say, "Shells Up" and then, “BULA!”. We follow with "BULA" and then drink together.
The root has some incredible anti anxiety, anti stress and mood lifting properties to it, which is why many people consume it instead of alcohol..
Kava is clinically proven safe and effective to naturally reduce stress, anxiety, relax nerves and tight muscles, increase social connection, uplift mood and spirit and many more benefits listed below.
Other Kava Benefits:
- Pain Relief & Muscle Spasms
- Sleep Aid
- Headache Prevention
- Kidney Health
- Menopause Issues
- Weight Loss Goals
- Anti - Aging
- Helps curb cravings (alcohol, cigerettes, drugs etc.,)
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- Respiratory tract infections
- Achy Joints (rheumatism)
- Chronic Bladder Infections
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Menstrual Problems
- Other conditions
It really depends on the type and strength of the Kava, and how it’s prepared. Many Kava drinkers experience a pleasant, slightly stimulating drink that relieves fatigue, relaxes the body, induces deep relaxation, and promotes sociability. Kava clarifies the mind and brings a sense of well-being. Kava soothes the temperament and the drinker never becomes angry, unpleasant or quarrelsome.
Kava can give you a happy buzz like alcohol and is great for social relaxation. It has none of the negative effects that are associated with excessive drinking of beer, wine or cocktails, and will not give you a hangover. It gives you the same feeling of relaxation without all the negative effects.
The active ingredient in Kava are the phytochemicals called Kavalactones. Kavalactones give Kava it's stress fighting and muscle relaxing effects as well as promotes in some cases a sense of euphoria.
Consuming Kava is best on an empty stomach so that all the kavalactones can be readily absorbed by the body. It’s has a bitter, peppery tasty and varies depends on the strength of the Kava Drink.
Your mouth will experience a numbing sensation. This is normal and the sensation will pass in about 10 minutes.
Kava has a strong but not unpleasant smell. It’s taste can be peppery, grainy and woodsy has been compared to as earthy or like dirt or bitter. Kava is definately an aquired taste. It’s hard to find a pleasant tasting kava, as we say “we don’t drink it for the taste we drink it for the effects." After drinking Kava your mouth will tingle and feel numb, this is completely normal! Even the Fijians grimace after drinking a bowl of kava!
Kava is digested in the liver and can increase the effects of alcohol. Alcohol is best when avoided up to 24 hours before and after drinking Kava. It's importaant to drink plenty of water between Kava Shells.
Kava is better on an empty stomach and suggest a light meal after a session of drinking Kava.
Kava is subtle and works in harmony with the body and mind. These qualities make Kava highly praised by it’s native consumers, whose lifestyle requires being active and full mental clarity.
Kava promotes peace, cooperation and tranquility. It does not diminish mental clarity or awareness, it can help you to concentrate or overcome mental confusion caused by anxiety or stress, When taken in very large quantities, kava can negatively affect your coordination skills and make you very sleepy. Unlike alcohol it wont make you aggressive or irresponsible. Kava wont give you a a hangover.
- Kava should not be taken by pregnant women.
- Women who are breast-feeding their babies.
- People suffering from Alzheimer or Parkinson’s disease.
- Kava should not be taken with other psychopharmacological agents that act on the central nervous system
- If you overconsume you should not drive or operate machinery (just like alcohol). Unless monitored by a health care advisor,.
While Kava is a powerful relaxant, at small medicinal doses it may actually enhance cognitive performance.
In other words, despite its relaxing effects it does not impair mental functioning at least when consumed responsibly. It has been found that when taken in moderation kava does not impair driving ability.
Kava has a reverse tolerance and is not physically addictive. Though new Kava drinkers will need to drink several shells of the Kava drink to feel the effects than those who drink it regularly.
We do recognize that any substance taken for recreational or medical purposes has a habit-forming potential. If you take any medications or suffer from any medical conditions, you should always consult a medical professional before consuming Kava.