For those unfamiliar with kava, it is a plant that has long been used by pacific islanders as a way to connect socially during important ceremonial gatherings and milestones.
Traditional consumption of kava involved chewing or grinding kava root and stem into a pulp, placing the pulp into a porous sack, submerging the sack into water, and then squeezing the resulting beverage into cups or bowls for drinking. While the beverage is not alcoholic, many compare it to alcohol, as it is often consumed socially and causes a feeling of relaxation. Here's why people are choosing the kava bar over happy hour.
A Healthy Alternative at Social Gatherings
The appeal of kava is that it reduces anxiety and stress while allowing the user to maintain an unaltered state of mind. This is why it is a common substitute for alcohol in social gatherings, for those who wish to take a relaxant that doesn't have side effects, struggle with alcohol addiction, or don't want to deal with a nasty hangover.
Kava is Great at Relieving Stress
Kava relaxes your muscles and eases the anxiety in your body and brain, without making you feel "under the influence" of something. For me, it feels like my thoughts appear less frightening, and I'm able to work through things that, without kava, overwhelm me too much to dive into and understand.
Kava may be used instead of prescription anti-anxiety drugs such as benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants. For those hoping to reduce their dependence on anti-anxiety drugs, kava may lessen benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms. According to WebMD, early research suggests that slowly increasing the dose of a specific kava extract over the course of one week while decreasing the dose of benzodiazepines over the course of two weeks can prevent withdrawal symptoms and reduce anxiety in people who have been taking benzodiazepines for a long period of time.
Save Your Liver
While researching kava, you’ve likely come across information that suggests kava can damage the liver; however, the original source of this claim has come under great scrutiny. In fact, other researchers have found that kava is not only nontoxic to the liver, it may even protect the liver. See our helpful article for more information about the claims of liver toxicity and kava use.
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