For thousands of years, people native to the South Pacific Islands consumed kava for reasons ranging from ceremonial to recreational. Today, more and more people around the world are turning to kava for medicinal purposes.
Regardless of whether they’re looking to use kava to help relieve stress and anxiety, enhance mood, aid sleep or any other reason, new kava users all tend to have the same question: How much kava should I take?
In this blog post, we’ll address the issue of kava dosage and answer several additional questions that are frequently asked by new kava users.
How Much Kava Should I Take?
Kava comes in many different forms, including powders, extracts, capsules and supplements. As you may imagine, the amount of kava you should consume will depend on the type of kava you are taking.
Packages of safely harvested and processed kava products will always include supplement facts as well as recommended use or suggested servings. We suggest new kava users follow the directions on each individual package of kava that you purchase.
We recommend using 2-3mL of 1Hour Break sprayed directly under the tongue per day. For those who feel extremely stressed or anxious, we recommend using 4-5mL.
1mL of 1Hour Break contains approximately 259 mg of kava root extract, which contains about 23.4 mg of kavalactones. A standard dose is in the range of 60-600 mg of kavalactones per day.
Factors such as body weight and continued extensive use can alter kava’s effect on your body, so you may find yourself needing a smaller or larger kava dosage for satisfying effects.
In these cases, we recommend you consult with your qualified healthcare provider to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding consumption of kava or kava dosage. A little experimentation may be in order to find your ideal kava dosage.
Can I Overdose on Kava?
In moderate doses, kava has a relaxing effect on the brain and central nervous system. The effect is somewhat similar to alcohol, without the side effects of loss of coordination, impairment of judgement, drowsiness or hangovers.
This similar effect makes many people wonder: If I can overdose on alcohol, can I overdose on kava? The simple answer is, no. We have never come across any reports of kava overdose, even among long-term users of kava.
Should I Increase My Kava Dosage if I Don’t Feel Any Effect?
New kava users sometimes experience reverse tolerance, meaning they don’t feel any effects the first few times they use kava. Some people may think this means kava does not work for them and will stop using kava entirely, while others may think their kava dosage is too low and increase their kava intake.
Reverse tolerance usually goes away after a few kava sessions, so our advice is to keep using kava as intended and in the dose recommended. If you still do not feel an effect, talk with your physician about your options.
By now you’re aware of how to find the right kava dosage. If you have any additional questions about kava dosage, click here to contact our helpful team of kava experts.