Q. Do you sell noble kava?
A. Yes! All of our kava varieties are noble (non-gmo/non-tudie) and consists of the same landrace genetics that has been grown for thousands of years
Q. What's your strongest kava?
A. All of our kava powders pack a punch but our AAA Grade Vanuatu is the strongest
Q. What's your cheapest kava?
A. Our Bulk Kava Powder. Not to be confused with other low quality kava powders on the market, this kava powder is high quality and packs a punch
Q. Where does your kava come from?
A. We source our kava from multiple family owned farms located in Fiji and Vanuatu which is then hand selected by our FDA registered supplier to ensure quality and potency
Q. Can kava help with anxiety?
A. Yes! There have been many clinical studies that show kava's effectiveness for treating anxiety disorders (see our blog). One of the most common uses of kava is to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and well-being. The active ingredients in kava are called kavalactones, which have been shown to have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties, some studies suggest that it may be as effective as prescription medications in treating anxiety. They work by increasing the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA, bringing a calming effect on the brain. To better understand kava on how it works well for anxiety, more rigorous clinical trials are still needed. If you are considering using kava to help with anxiety, it's important to talk to your healthcare provider first to determine if it's a safe and appropriate treatment option for you.
Q. Does kava have any health benefits?
A. Clinal studies have found Kava could help with: Anxiety relief (anxiolytic effects), Sleep aid, Pain relief (analgesic properties), Stress Reduction, Muscle relaxation, Alcohol addiction (reducing cravings), Menopausal symptoms, Improved Mood, and even Epilepsy (may have anticonvulsant properties that may be effective in reducing seizures in some people with epilepsy)
More recent studies have shown kava to be effective at Anti-inflammatory effects, Cognitive enhancement, Anti-cancer effects, Cardiovascular health, Skin health, Antimicrobial effects, Increased Libido, Detoxification, Improved Immunity, Improved Blood Pressure, improved Appetite and more.
If you are not familiar with kava, it is important to note that while kava may have certain health benefits, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and determine its specific uses and doses. If you are considering using kava for its potential health benefits, it is recommended to talk to your healthcare provider first.
Studies can be found on our blog: www.bestfijikava.com/blog/master-list-of-kava-research-articles/
Q. Does kava cause liver damage?
A. NO! There has been conflicting evidence regarding the potential for kava to cause liver damage. While some earlier studies suggested that kava may be linked to liver toxicity (these early studies were done improperly and used the leaves and stems of the kava plant which are known to be toxic), more recent research has provided evidence that contradicts this claim. Studies have found no evidence of liver toxicity or liver damage from kava use, even at relatively high doses and for prolonged periods of time. For example, a large study published in 2016 in the journal Phytotherapy Research looked at the effects of kava use on liver function in more than 1000 people in Fiji over a period of six months. The study found no significant difference in liver function between those who consumed kava and those who did not, as the tons of recent kava studies will also tell you.
Another major study from the World Health Organization titled "Assessment of the risk of hepatotoxicity with kava products" clearly state and prove that clinical trials of kava have not revealed any hepatotoxicity plus there have been no epidemiological studies and this incidence is not known.
In summary, while recent studies have suggested that the risk of liver damage from directly from kava is zero, it's still important to talk to your healthcare provider before using kava or any other herbal supplement.
Q. Is kava a good alternative to alcohol?
A. Kava is sometimes used as an alternative to alcohol, used by many to stop alcohol dependance, as it can provide relaxation and socializing benefits without the negative side effects associated with alcohol consumption. However, it is important to note that kava and alcohol are not interchangeable and have different effects on the body.
While alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that can impair judgment, motor function, and increase the risk of accidents and injuries, kava is a natural remedy that is believed to have calming and relaxing effects on the body. Kava is often used to promote relaxation, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve sleep quality.
Although kava is sometimes used as a substitute for alcohol, it is important to consume kava responsibly too. Furthermore, kava should not be used as a replacement for professional medical treatment for alcohol addiction or other substance abuse issues. If you are considering using kava as an alternative to alcohol, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider beforehand.
Q. What's the difference between Kava and Kratom?
A. Kava and Kratom and two different plant species. Kava is often used to promote relaxation, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve sleep quality. It works by increasing the levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain that promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety.
Kratom, on the other hand, has a more complex range of effects. The primary active compound in kratom, mitragynine, has opioid-like effects and can stimulate the mu-opioid receptors in the brain. This can lead to pain relief, mood elevation, and a boost in energy and focus.
While both kava and kratom are used for relaxation and stress relief, they have different mechanisms of action and shouldn't be taken together. If you are considering using either kava or kratom for their potential health benefits, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider and research the laws and regulations in your area for kratom.
Q. Is kava similar to CBD?
A. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, which is involved in regulating various physiological processes such as pain, mood, and sleep. CBD is known for its potential to alleviate anxiety, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.
Kava, on the other hand, works by increasing the levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain that promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety. Kava is often used to promote relaxation, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve sleep quality. Kava is also believed to have pain-relieving properties and can act as a muscle relaxant.
While both kava and CBD have some similar effects, they have different mechanisms of action their own effects. Kava is generally considered safe when consumed in moderation. CBD is associated with some potential risks, including interactions with other medications and changes in liver function.
It's important to note that the regulation of kava and CBD varies by region and country. If you are considering using either kava or CBD for their potential health benefits, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider and research the laws and regulations in your area.
Q. How long does kava stay in your system?
A. Generally, Kava's effects can last for 2 to 6 hours after consumption, but it can take longer for the kavalactones to be eliminated from the body. The half-life of kava can range from about 9 to 24 hours depending on the individual. This means that after one half-life has passed, half of the kava consumed will have been eliminated from the body.
Q. Does kava have any side effects?
A. Kava can have some very minor side effects but nothing to worry about. A common side effect is kava dermopathy which is the formation of powdery dry skin. It is mainly caused by drinking larges doses of low quality kava daily for months on end with out taking a break, a short two week break or some good lotions can fix the problem.
Other common but harmless minor side effects of kava people might experience is drowsiness, impaired coordination, and altered perception (mainly from consuming higher doses of the drink at a faster rate of consumption). Some kava veterans prefer these effects and strictly go for sedative kava strains. Last but not least is a upset stomach caused by fast consumption, lower grade kavas, or improper straining of the kava root leading to mild and temporary discomfort.
Also drinking a good clean kava like ours won't give you these side effects, in fact some veteran consumers have stated by switching to our kava, they got rid of their itchy skin, headaches, or some of the other familiar side effects of lower quality kava.
Q. Can kava interact with certain medications?
A. Kava has the potential to interact with several medications, and the specific interactions can vary depending on the individual and the medications involved. Here are some classes of medications that have been reported to interact with kava:
- Sedatives and Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants: Combining kava with these medications can increase excessive sedation and drowsiness. This includes medications such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, sleep aids, and certain antipsychotic medications.
Antidepressants and Anxiolytics: Combining kava with medications used to treat depression and anxiety, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and benzodiazepines, may increase the risk of excessive sedation and potentially lead to serotonin syndrome.
Antipsychotics: Kava may interact with antipsychotic medications, affecting their metabolism and potentially leading to altered drug levels in the body.
Antiarrhythmics: Kava has been reported to interact with certain antiarrhythmic medications, which are used to treat abnormal heart rhythms. This interaction can affect the metabolism of the anti-arrhythmic drugs and potentially lead to altered drug levels in the body.
Anticonvulsants: Kava may interact with medications used to treat seizures (anticonvulsants). Like with antiarrhythmics, this interaction can affect the metabolism of the anticonvulsant drugs and potentially lead to altered drug levels in the body.
Hepatotoxic Medications: Although not studied, combining kava with other hepatotoxic medications may affect liver function and/or potentially increase the risk of liver damage.
It's important to note that the specific interactions and their severity can vary from person to person. If you are considering using kava and also taking medications, it is highly recommended to consult your healthcare provider first.
Q. Do you wholesale kava?
A. Yes! We have been in the wholesale business since 2003 and mainly supply other retailers
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How to prepare kava for consumption
Q. How do I make kava?
Place 2-4 tablespoons of kava with 8-16 oz water in a blender and blend for 3-4 minutes then strain through a cheese cloth or kava straining bag. Discard the root material and enjoy!
For traditional prep, place 2-4 tablespoons of kava into a kava straining bag or or cheese cloth with 8-16 oz water then squeeze/knead for 5-10 minutes until all of the Kavalactones are extracted. Discard the root material and enjoy!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.