Kava Kava Vanuatu Gold is a root powder made up of both 50 percent basal root and 50 percent lateral roots. The basal root is the larger stump like part of the root which contains more starches and kavain. The lateral roots are said to contain more kavalactones.
The gold label kava kava is kiln dried indoors and the roots are 5-7 years old to insure a high level of alkaloids.
Whenever you look into any new herbal remedy, kava benefits and side effects are some of the first factors you should consider in determining if an herb is right for you. Kava has been used medicinally for hundreds if not thousands of years in Polynesia, Micronesia, and Hawaii, as well as a recreational beverage for relaxation and tension relief. It has proven, over thousands of years, that it has far more benefits than side effects, but it’s important to educate yourself about what exactly those are!
The chemical compounds found in kava are believed to have anxiolytic, analgesic, muscle-relaxing and anticonvulsant effects, mediated by effects on the limbic system, the part of the brain linked to emotions.
Research has demonstrated that several factors, including concentration, type of preparation, kava pyrone content and kava variety used may affect medicinal activity.
Some studies into the effects of kava on the brain demonstrate that potentially, kava can benefit people who suffer from social anxiety and stress by calming them in a way similar to benzodiazepine medications such as Valium or Ativan, although we would never compare a natural dietary supplement’s effects to any prescription medication.
While kavalactones (the class of active compounds in kava) reportedly affect the same pathways in the brain as Valium, kavalactones do not seem to impair your ability to think and reason clearly, nor do they make you drowsy if a small amount is taken. In clinical studies, about 70 to 210 mg of kava seem to be effective against social and general anxiety, while between 60-150 mg can help people overcome persistent insomnia.
However, since one of the side effects of kava can be slight impairment of coordination and drowsiness at higher doses, we do recommend that you refrain from driving after taking kava in any form.
Kava Root vs. Kratom
While we have learned a lot about kava, kratom is a similar herb with many of the same effects.
Kava and Kratom are often compared since they both exude feelings of relaxation,
- but kratom is known more for boosting energy or calming the mind
- while kava is more known for its intoxicating, euphoric feelings.
Both grow in Southeastern Asia, and while kava comes from the root of the plant, kratom comes from the leaves and are often made into a tea referred to as kava tea or kratom tea.
Because they have different mechanisms of action, using both together has been found to offer more potent effects, particularly since both:
- Induce euphoria
- Promote feelings of contentment
- Improve alertness
- Reduce stress
Here’s how the two stack up:
- Mildly intoxicating
- Improves mood, eases anxiety and boosts sociability
- Influences GABA receptors
- Stimulates dopamine receptors
- Comes from the root of the plant
- Works as a stimulant in small doses and a sedative in high doses
- Induces feelings of calm
- Stimulates the mu and delta opioid receptors
- Influences serotonin and norepinephrine receptors
- Comes from the leaves of the plant
Kava Kava Vanuatu Gold-Powder
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