Kava Bars Near Me: Where Can I Find One Locally? - Kava Guides (2022)

Kava bars have been popping up all around the United States over the past 4 years. They serve as an alternative to conventional bars as a place to socialize and unwind after a long day.

These shops are designed for comfort, often sporting a Pacific island vibe and dim lighting.

The people that attend these bars praise kava as a healthieralternative to alcohol.

What exactly are kava bars? Where can I find a kava bar near me, and what can I expect for my first visit?

I’ll answer all these questions and more with this ultimate guide to kava bars.

Best Places to Buy Kava Products Near You (Online Kava Shops):

  1. Gold Bee This California-based company offers a decent selection of micronized kava powders and kava capsules.
  2. Kalm With Kava — One of the older companies in this space with a wide selection of kava strains to choose from.
  3. The Kava Roots —A large North American kava vendor with a wide selection of product types and kava strains

Table of Contents

  • What is a Kava Bar?
  • Kava Bars vs. Homebrew Kava
  • The Kava Bar Experience: What To Expect
  • A Brief Introduction To Kava
  • What Does Kava Feel Like? How Do I Know If It’s Working?
  • Find a Kava Bar Near You
  • Want to Try Kava At Home?

What is a Kava Bar?

Kava bars operate much like a coffee shop or bar. They’re designed to make customers feel as relaxed as possible — often incorporating couches and padded platforms for visitors to sit or lounge. Here, you can sit, drink kava, socialize with friends, eat food, and in some cases, even order a hookah to share as well.

The whole concept of a kava bar is centered around establishing a sense of community. They’re based on the traditional Nakamals of Vanuatu — which were known to have doors without any locks as a message of inclusion and trust.

Most of the kava bars are located in Florida and California, but just about every major city in America has at least one kava bar. The majority of these bars have only opened their doors within the last 5 years. The scene is growing rapidly, and I expect to see the trend continue over the next decade as more people realize the advantages of kava in daily life and as an alternative to intoxicants like marijuana or alcohol.

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Kava Bars vs. Homebrew Kava

Kava bars offer an authentic kava drinking experience, but they can also be fairly expensive. Most kava drinkers source their kava online from vendors and prepare it themselves at home.

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Preparing kava is simple and can be done without any special equipment. Just a cloth bag and a bowl to hold the water are all you need.

Here are some of the pros and cons of drinking kava at home vs. local kava bars:

  • PRO: DIY kava is cheaper (sometimes as much as 60% cheaper)
  • PRO: You can drink kava at home anytime you want — no store hours
  • PRO: You can avoid the crowds (pandemic friendly)
  • CON: You have to prepare kava yourself
  • CON: You don’t get as much selection for kava strains

The Kava Bar Experience: What To Expect

So how does a kava bar work? What does the process look like upon entering a kava bar for the first time?

When You First Walk In

The first thing you’re likely to notice when you walk in is the atmosphere. Kava bars usually have a lot of couches, pillows, or padded platforms to sit on. Seating areas will vary in size to accommodate different sized groups of people. Many kava bars emulate a Pacific island vibe — incorporating bamboo structures, palm trees, and thatched roofing.

Many kava bars also feature live music such as reggae, blues, or mellow mood. The most common reason for attending a kava bar is to socialize, so you won’t find the music too loud or stimulating.

After you walk in, you can find a place to sit, and a bartender will bring you some menus. On the menu, you’ll likely find a few differenttypesof kava.

Selecting Your Kava

Each type of kava has a slightly different effect profile — some offering more of a couch-lock, body high, others being less sedative and more euphoric. It all depends on which effects you’d like to experience.

If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend you look for something described as having a “balanced” effect. This means the kava won’t be too sedative or too euphoric — it’s right down the middle.

Most kava bars will have a guide for each cultivar offered to describe the effect profiles and flavor to help you decide.

You may be asked whether you want a “high tide” or “low tide”. High tide just means you’ll get a full cup of kava, while a low tide refers to a half cup.

You’ll usually be able to order some snacks or even a hookah to enjoy with your kava as well. One thing you won’t be able to order is alcohol — and for good reason.Kava and alcoholare a bad combination and should be avoided. It’s better to stick to one or the other.

Drinking Kava

Once you’ve ordered, the bartender will prepare your kava and bring the cups out to the table a few minutes later. It really depends on the kava bar, but your kava will usually arrive in traditional coconut cups (bilos) or a similarly shaped wooden, metal, or plastic cup.

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You’re now faced with a cloudy, brown liquid — it resembles muddy water but has the scent of cut grass.

To be completely honest, kava has an acquired taste. It’s fairly bitter and can have an aftertaste similar to fresh-cut grass. For this reason, I highly recommend you order a few snacks like a bowl of fruit to chase the kava with once it arrives. Pineapple works particularly well for this.

You can drink the kava at your own pace, and spend your time socializing and catching up with your friends. An order of kava will usually include a couple of refills, so once the cup is empty, make sure to ask the bartender to fill up your cup.

Nakamals: The Original Kava Bars

The modern kava bar as we know it today was inspired by the traditional Nakamals of Vanuatu — which are large communal buildings that serve as meeting places for ceremonies, social gatherings, and other kava-drinking activities.

Traditionally, these nakamals are exclusive to men — but this is no longer the case in most places. Nakamals are places of acceptance and openness — allowing anybody in the community to join and hang out.

Most of the cities and villages in Vanuatu have their own Nakamal.

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Kava Bar Etiquette

In the United States, it isn’t as important to stick to traditional etiquette around drinking kava — but there are a few small things worth knowing before you visit a kava bar for the first time.

1. Bula!

Before you start drinking it’s customary to shout “bula!” before everyone in your group starts to drink kava. This is the Fijian equivalent to saying “Cheers!”

2. Dress Modestly

Although social norms are different in the US, traditionally, both women and men should dress in respectable clothing before they join a group to drink kava. On the Pacific islands, women would wear a sarong while drinking kava.

3. The Oldest Person Drinks First

Out of respect, it’s customary that the oldest person in the group takes the first sip of kava. Others will bow their head before taking a sip.

4. Photographs Are Okay, but Keep the Flash Off

Most kava bars are dimly lit. Sudden flashes from a camera can ruin the vibe. If you want to take pictures, try to be respectful of your environment and turn the flash off first.

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A Brief Introduction To Kava

Kava is a plant originating from Polynesian islands such as Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, and Tonga.

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It isn’t clear which island kava first originated from, but the plant has spread across most of the Pacific ocean, despite the plant’s inability to produce viable seeds.

Scientists suggest it was indigenous cultures that spread the plant by carrying root samples with them on voyages across the sea in search of new lands to colonize. Kava drinking was an important part of life for these cultures, who sought to take the plant with them to start new plantations in their new homes.

Kava remains an important part of daily life in many parts of the Pacific. In fact, kava is the national drink of Fiji, where there’s a particularly high prevalence of kava drinkers.

Only in recent years has kava started to venture into other parts of the world. The herb is quickly being adopted by people living in the United States and Europe as a suggested alternative to alcohol.

What Are the Benefits of Kava?

Kava has an important set of benefits —it’s used for alleviating stress and feelings of anxiety, and can help us fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

These effects are highly relevant to the modern world where stress and sleep deprivation are commonplace.

Kava is used by grinding the root into a fine powder and mixing with water for several minutes. The result is a murky liquid with an earthy and mildly spicy flavor.

Kava is traditionally consumed in groups because it makes users feel content and carefree — as if all the stress that’s built up throughout the day was washed away. This makes it easy to laugh and socialize with friends and family. Some people drink the herb alone as a way to unwind, relax, meditate, or sleep more soundly.

What Does Kava Feel Like? How Do I Know If It’s Working?

Kava is a powerful herb, but it won’t make you lose your wits like alcohol or marijuana.

The First Sign of Activity

Theonset of kava effectsbegins about 7 – 30 minutes after you begin drinking. These effects can last anywhere from 2 – 6 hours.

As you drink your cup of kava, you’ll gradually begin to feel the effects fade in. Kava is described as making users feel like they have a warm blanket placed around their body. They feel relaxed, comfortable, and chatty.

Effects Become Stronger Over Time

The more time that goes by, the stronger the effects get.

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The most predominant effects are all in the head for the first hour or so. You may feel euphoric and happy at times, followed by periods of creativity and chattiness. All the while, the background effects of kava make you feel stress-free and at peace. It’s a very calming experience to drink kava.

Kava Starts in the Head, & Moves Down

After about an hour or so, the effects of kava tend to fluctuate more towards the body. New sensations arise as the muscles all-around your body begin to relax. You may feel like changing position to be in more of a reclined position to get more comfortable.

Some people report feeling heavy, or as if they’re sinking into the chair or couch. The body effects of kava can be very enjoyable, especially if you experience muscle tension, or spend a lot of time on your feet.

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The Peak Effects Depend on Your Choice of Kava

The final effects of kava will depend on the particular type you decided on at the beginning.

1. Heady Kava Effects

Kava with heady effects will generally remain primarily in the head — making users feel light, talkative, and euphoric. Heady kava is an excellent option for earlier sessions because they don’t have the same level of sedative action as a heavy strain of kava.

Heady kavas are also ideal for business meetings with colleagues or for studying with friends. These kavas tend to support the creative thought process and can be extremely useful for brainstorming, planning a project, or finding solutions to problems.

2. Heavy Kava Effects

Heavy kava will fade more and more towards the body as time goes on. This type of kava usually has drinkers feeling ready for bed about 3 – 5 hours after they take their first sip. This is a good option for people visiting a kava bar at the very end of their day before going home for a good night of rest.

3. Balanced Kava Effects

Balanced kava will remain somewhere in the middle — sometimes even jumping back and forth from heady to heavy in its effects.

The whole time you’re drinking kava, you retain complete mental clarity. In fact, most kava drinkers report improved clarity of thought while consuming the herb. This is in stark contrast to alcohol and marijuana which can dramatically affect your clarity of thought.

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Find a Kava Bar Near You

There are already a lot of kava bars in operation within the United States, as well as a few in Mexico and some places in Europe. I’ve included a list below with a comprehensive list of all the kava bars I come across. Remember to check back as I’ll be keeping this list up-to-date as more kava bars open their doors over the next couple of years.

The United States

NameStateCity
CBD American Shaman + Kava BarArkansasFayetteville
MeloMelo Kava BarCaliforniaBerkeley
Root of Happiness DavisCaliforniaDavis
Wu Wei Tea TempleCaliforniaFairfax
ElixartCaliforniaNevada City
Root of Happiness Kava BarCaliforniaRancho Cordova
Aladdin Cafe Hookah & kava BarCaliforniaRoseville
Fiji Kava Pool BarCaliforniaSacramento
San Bruno Kava BarCaliforniaSan Bruno
Kava Lounge San DiegoCaliforniaSan Diego
Mystic Water Kava Bar San DiegoCaliforniaSan Diego
Rooted Kava BarCaliforniaSan Diego
Sunset KavaCaliforniaSan Diego
Kava Lounge SFCaliforniaSan Francisco
Key Tea HouseCaliforniaSan Rafael
Roots Kava BarCaliforniaSanta Cruz
Mad Hatters Mile High Kava BarColoradoDenver
Ohana Kava BarColoradoColorado Springs
Kavasutra DenverColoradoDenver
Dharma Hookah & Kava LoungeFloridaLargo
Kava By the WaterFloridaPompano Beach
The Nak Kava BarFloridaBoca Raton
NakavaFloridaBoca Raton
Kava Culture Kava BarFloridaBonita Springs
Native KavaFloridaBoynton Beach
Hippie-HiFloridaClearwater
The Garden of TeaFloridaClearwater
Bula Café Cocoa BeachFloridaCocoa Beach
Mystic JointFloridaCutler Bay
Delray Kava LoungeFloridaDelray Beach
Kavastura Delray BeachFloridaDelray Beach
Purple Lotus Delray BeachFloridaDelray Beach
Fiji Kava BarFloridaFort Lauderdale
Tiki Tide Kava BarFloridaFort Lauderdale
Kava Culture Ft. MeyersFloridaFort Meyers
Kapua Kava BarFloridaFort Myers
Awa Na Kava Kava BarFloridaFt. Lauderdale
Kavasutra Ft. LauderdaleFloridaFt. Lauderdale
Mai Kai Kava BarFloridaGainesville
Kava Bar and Hookah LoungeFloridaGainesville
Low Tide Kava BarFloridaGulfport
Mystic Water Kava BarFloridaHollywood
KaVaporFloridaKissimmee
Kavasutra Lake WorthFloridaLake Worth
On Cloud9 Kava LoungeFloridaLargo
Speakeasy KavaFloridaLargo
Bula on the BeachFloridaMadeira Beach
Island Root Kava BarFloridaMelbourne
Syndicate Kava Bar & Tap RoomFloridaMiami
The Awa Kava LoungeFloridaMiami
Green Spot BotanicalsFloridaMiami
Purple Lotus Miami BeachFloridaMiami Beach
The Healthy BuddahFloridaMount Dora
ZenfiniTea Botanical Bar And LoungeFloridaNew Port Richey
Pacific RootzFloridaOrlando
Civil Vapes Kava BarFloridaOrlando
Tenaga KavaFloridaPalm Beach Gardens
Frog VaporFloridaPalm Harbor
Zen Root KavaFloridaPompano Beach
Tampa Vapor – Riverview / BrandonFloridaRiverview
Kilo’s Kava & Tea BarFloridaSafety Harbor,
The Healthy Buddah 3FloridaSanford
Manna Tea & Kava barFloridaSarasota
Mad Hatters Ethnobotanical Tea BarFloridaSt Petersburg
Vapor Road – TyroneFloridaSt. Petersburg
Bula KafeFloridaSt. Petersburg
Grassroots Kava HouseFloridaSt. Petersburg
Lava LoungeFloridaSt. Petersburg
Muddy Water KavaFloridaSt. Petersburg
InVision Creative CafeFloridaSt. Petersburg
Vapor Road – DisstonFloridaSt. Petersburg
Island Root Kava BarFloridaStuart
KavakazeFloridaTallahassee
Steep StationFloridaTampa
SpookEasy LoungeFloridaTampa
Tampa Vapor – South TampaFloridaTampa
Mad Chiller World Kava & WafflesFloridaTampa
Te ManaFloridaWest Palm Beach
Purple Lotus West Palm BeachFloridaWest West Palm
The Healthy Buddah 2FloridaWinter Park
Kava Cove LoungeFloridaWinter Park
Kava KafeHawaiiHawi
Bayfront Coffee, Kava & Tea Company LLCHawaiiHilo
Diamond Head Cove Health BarHawaiiHonolulu
Kanaka KavaHawaiiKailua-Kona
Black Lava Vape and KavaHawaiiNaalehu
Uncle Robert’s Awa BarHawaiiPahoa
La Hiki Ola Kava barHawaiiPahoa
Tropikava KafeIllinoisChicago
Mana BarKansasLawrence
Euphorbia Kava BarLouisianaNew Orleans
Sol Luna Tea Room and Hookah LoungePennsylvaniaTrevose
Kava Kasa GRMichiganGrand Rapids
TikiCatMissouriKansas City
Kickin’ it with KavaMissouriSt. Charles
Synergy Smoothie and Elixir BarMissouriSt. Louis
Kulture Kava LoungeMontanaMissoula
Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing BarNew MexicoSanta Fe
Doc ConcrescenceNew YorkBinghamton
House of KavaNew YorkBrooklyn
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Want to Try Kava At Home?

Kava bars are great, but it’s not feasible to visit these shops every other day. If you like kava and want to drink it more often, you’ll need to start making it on your own at home too.

You can order kava powder online and prepare your kava for a fraction of the price of a kava bar.

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Before you make your purchase, check out our reviews of themost popular online kava brands.

If you’re new to kava and want a complete rundown, make sure to check out ourultimate kava guide.

Whether you’re a seasoned kava veteran, or just getting started for the very first time, Kava Guides has all the information you need to become a kava pro.

FAQs

How long does kava stay in your system? ›

The Life of Kava

It is the amount of a drug and its concentration that is reduced by exactly one half. Kava, and all other herbals, have a half-life. Many reports state the half-life of kava is typically 9 hours. This means kava can linger in your system for up to 18 hours.

What state has the most kava bars? ›

You'll see why Florida is known as the Kava Capital of the USA, with over 75 kava bars in Florida alone!

Can you drive after drinking kava? ›

It may slow down your reaction times, creating a hazard on the road. Furthermore, it could have legal consequences. We don't encourage you to drink kava and drive, but doing so is still technically legal. Even so, police could use kava to arrest you for a DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) charge.

Does kava actually work? ›

A number of clinical studies, though not all, have found kava to be effective in treating symptoms associated with anxiety. In a review of 7 scientific studies, researchers concluded that a standardized kava extract was significantly more effective than placebo in treating anxiety.

Do drug tests detect kava? ›

The kava powders and kavain standard all cross reacted with the amphetamine immunoassay to give falsely detected results.

Does kava feel like Xanax? ›

It found that kava significantly relieves anxiety, with mild to no side effects. Several studies have found that kava extract is comparable to antidepressants and benzodiazepines (Xanax and Valium, for example) for improving social and general anxiety disorders.

How does kava make you feel? ›

In small doses, the effects of kava include muscle relaxation, sleepiness and feelings of wellbeing. However, long-term use of kava can lead to a range of health problems, including malnutrition, weight loss and apathy.

Is kava the same as Kratom? ›

Kratom is another popular Kava bar item and has even greater physical dependence implications. Kratom is a leaf collected from a tree in the coffee family that has significant psychoactive properties.

What is kava good for? ›

Kava kava is an herbal remedy that some people use to relieve stress and anxiety and boost sleep. This plant extract has a calming, euphoric effect that some people compare with that of alcohol.

What does kava do to the brain? ›

Kava essentially acts as a central nervous system depressant as it impacts the receptors of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and stimulates dopamine in the brain. The calming and mood-boosting effects the substance induces can then cause some people to abuse kava in order to intensify these feelings.

How long after kava can you drink? ›

Generally, it is best to abstain from drinking any alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours before and after drinking kava.

Can you drink kava every day? ›

You may damage your liver if you drink kava tea every day

According to Mike Golpa, a doctor of dental surgery, there's a much larger risk associated with drinking kava tea every day. "Its biggest disadvantage is possible serious liver damage," he revealed to The List.

Who should not take kava? ›

Kava can cause drowsiness and impair your judgment, reflexes, and visual acuity. Do not use kava if you plan to drive or operate heavy machinery. Kava should be avoided in people with alcoholism, liver disease, pulmonary hypertension, low blood pressure (hypotension), or kidney disease.

What is the best form of kava? ›

Noble kava is generally understood to be the best kava strain. Here's why: Compared to tudei kava, noble kava plants contain preferable concentrations of certain naturally-occurring compounds. This is largely why noble kava is the traditionally preferred variety and the most widely consumed.

Is kava worse for liver than alcohol? ›

There is some evidence that kava that is prepared with water is less harmful to the liver than suspensions prepared in acetone or ethanol. Studies have shown that consumption of kava supplements leads to a slower reaction time and an impairment of motor skills.

How do you make kava? ›

Place the desired amount of kava into your blender. Add cold water at 1:10-15 ratio (1 gram of kava powder to 10-15ml of water depending on your preference). Blend on high for 3-4 minutes. You may add a teaspoon of coconut oil or a bit of lecitihin which might help to extract fat soluble kavalactones.

What is a natural Benzo? ›

Naturally occurring benzodiazepines (BZDs) were first detected in mammalian tissues in 1986. They comprise a variety of 1,4-benzodiazepines corresponding to drugs commercially available for the treatment of anxiety disorders, sleep disturbances and epileptic seizures.

How do you intensify kava? ›

So, when you're making your Kava drink, most people we know blend it with skim milk, soy milk, rice milk, or coconut milk as a start. This will ensure a potent extraction of your Kava Root. If you want a stronger drink, try adding a teaspoon of our exclusive Kava Blender – 100% vegan, rice-based fat extractor.

Is kava similar to CBD? ›

CBD is more versatile, offering benefits on pain, inflammation, insomnia, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and so much more. Kava is more specific for anxiety or sleep but tends to be stronger in these areas. Neither herb is dangerous, but if you're worried about side effects, CBD is a slightly better option.

Does kava help with weight loss? ›

Weight Loss Goals

Although this is a second-generation health benefit, kava root can help you lose weight by eliminating stress and anxiety. One of the most common triggers for overeating is stress, so by removing the stimuli, kava root can help people lose weight and avoid snacking between meals.

How much kava is enough? ›

The recommended oral dose for usage of Kava Kava as an anxiolytic is 50–70 mg kavalactones two to four times a day and, as a hypnotic, 150–210 mg in a single oral dose before bedtime [47].

Does kava damage the liver? ›

The U.S. FDA stated in 2002 that “Kava-containing products have been associated with liver-related injuries—including hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver failure—in over 25 reports of adverse events in other countries. Four patients required liver transplants.

Is kava good for pain? ›

Kava kava (“kava” for short) contains substances called kavapyrones. They act much like alcohol on your brain, making you feel calm, relaxed, and happy. The plant is also thought to relieve pain, prevent seizures, and relax muscles.

Does kava give energy? ›

Heady kavas are calming and will also tend to give you a boost of energy, help you lose your inhibitions and make you more talkative – making them the better kava to drink for social relaxation.

Are there different types of kava? ›

The different types of kava

There are three main types of kava commonly consumed in the South Pacific islands: noble kavas, two-day kavas (“tudei” in Vanuatu pidgin English), and medicinal kavas.

Is kava anti inflammatory? ›

Furthermore, anti-inflammatory activities have been reported for kava and its compounds, suggesting their potential for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.

When should I take kava for sleep? ›

In our personal experience, the best way of coordinating kava consumption with sleep is to drink kava a couple of hours before going to bed, especially if the kava is used to relax after a stressful day or to contemplate over a difficult problem.

Does kava help with depression? ›

Conclusions: The aqueous Kava preparation produced significant anxiolytic and antidepressant activity and raised no safety concerns at the dose and duration studied. Kava appears equally effective in cases where anxiety is accompanied by depression.

Does kava work like a benzo? ›

One trial found kava to be just as effective as benzodiazepines (a common class of drugs prescribed for anxiety) in treating mild anxiety over the course of six weeks.

Does kava affect memory? ›

There were no cognitive deficits associated with kava administration. This finding is consistent with previous studies that have found that acute or chronic administration of the plant medicine does not impair RT, memory, or attention (LaPorte et al., 2011 ).

Does kava cause memory loss? ›

Potential enhanced cognition may be attributed to the ability of kava to inhibit re-uptake of noradrenaline in the pre-frontal cortex, while increased body sway may be due to GABA pathway modulation. Conclusions: The majority of evidence suggests that kava has no replicated significant negative effects on cognition.

Is it safe to mix kava and caffeine? ›

We've found people reporting that the mixture of kava and caffeine can cause an increase in the stimulation effects of caffeine when the two are consumed within a reasonable time together. Some people find the combination uncomfortable, while some enjoy the increase in stimulation.

Can you drink kava without straining? ›

Kava is best prepared at home using loose kava root powder mixed with, but kava is NOT water soluble, meaning it does not dissolve in water. Drinking unstrained kava feels a lot like drinking sand, so straining thoroughly is a must.

Can kava make you sleepy? ›

Kava, also known as kava kava, is rich in kavalactones , chemicals that can have a sedative (sleep-inducing) effect. The scientific name of kava, Piper methysticum, even refers to this.

Does kava have side effects? ›

Chronic use of kava may cause side effects including body weight decreases, facial puffiness, blood in the urine (hematuria), kava dermopathy, lymphocytopenia, movement disorders, protein levels decrease, pulmonary hypertension, rash, red blood cell volume increases, and thrombocytopenia.

What happens if you mix kava and alcohol? ›

Alcohol (Ethanol) kava

Products containing kava may cause liver problems, and taking them with alcohol can increase the risk. In addition, central nervous system side effects of kava such as dizziness and drowsiness may be increased by alcohol. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with kava.

Is kava good for your heart? ›

Circumstantial evidence suggests that kava consumption is associated with ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and sudden cardiac deaths among, particularly, young Aboriginal sportsmen in this population.

Can kava cause psychosis? ›

Several isolated cases of psychotic and severe dystonic reactions following kava use suggest that kava also has psychoactive properties, yet there is no conclusive evidence that kava interferes with normal cognitive processes.

Which kava is strongest? ›

One of the strongest types of kava is “Green kava.” Green kava is kava made from a freshly harvested kava plant. The roots are juiced and diluted with water, resulting in a strong kava beverage. Most kava drinks are prepared using kava root that is washed and dried post-harvest, then ground into a powder.

What kind of kava gives you energy? ›

Heady kavas are the ones great for daytime use as they make you feel more energetic and euphoric. Heavy kavas are better suited for evening use as they more likely to relax your body and make you feel a little sleepy. Balanced kavas fall in-between these classes and are good to use anytime.

Is kava illegal in the United States? ›

Yes. Kava is legal in the United States for personal use as a dietary supplement. In fact, kava is legal in most countries, and is often regulated as a food or dietary supplement (Poland, though, is the only country to outright ban the plant.)

How common is liver damage from kava? ›

Based upon reported cases, the estimated frequency of clinically apparent liver injury due to kava is less than 1:1,000,000 daily doses. However, spontaneous reporting is believed to capture less than 1% of severe adverse events from the use of dietary supplements.

Does kava cure a hangover? ›

Kava will usually not create hangovers. It helps to decrease social anxiety and works as a great alcohol substitute. So it might come as a surprise to some when we talk about the hangover effects that kava produces.

How long after kava can you drink? ›

Generally, it is best to abstain from drinking any alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours before and after drinking kava.

Does kava work on a full stomach? ›

*Pro Tip: Kava is ALWAYS most effective on an empty or near empty stomach. Many people will not feel the effects of kava if consumed close after a large meal. It's recommended to drink kava 3-4 hours after eating.

How does kava affect the body? ›

Kava might cause sleepiness and slowed breathing. Some medications, called sedatives, can also cause sleepiness and slowed breathing. Taking kava with sedative medications might cause breathing problems and/or too much sleepiness.

Is it safe to mix kava and caffeine? ›

We've found people reporting that the mixture of kava and caffeine can cause an increase in the stimulation effects of caffeine when the two are consumed within a reasonable time together. Some people find the combination uncomfortable, while some enjoy the increase in stimulation.

Can you drink kava everyday? ›

You may damage your liver if you drink kava tea every day

According to Mike Golpa, a doctor of dental surgery, there's a much larger risk associated with drinking kava tea every day. "Its biggest disadvantage is possible serious liver damage," he revealed to The List.

What does kava feel like? ›

In small doses, the effects of kava include muscle relaxation, sleepiness and feelings of wellbeing. However, long-term use of kava can lead to a range of health problems, including malnutrition, weight loss and apathy.

What food goes with kava? ›

The sweet and sour lushness of the fruit complements the earthiness and bitterness of the taste of the kava. Other seasonal fruits might also accompany kava. In Fiji, this could be watermelon, bananas, papaya, mango, guava, mandarin, and coconuts, some of which are available all year round.

Can kava make you sleepy? ›

Kava, also known as kava kava, is rich in kavalactones , chemicals that can have a sedative (sleep-inducing) effect. The scientific name of kava, Piper methysticum, even refers to this.

Does kava dehydrate you? ›

How does Kava work? Kavalactones are the active ingredient in Kava. Kavalactones give our drinks their stress-releasing and muscle-relaxing effects and they don't dehydrate the body (like alcohol does)-- so no hangover ever.

Who should not take kava? ›

Kava can cause drowsiness and impair your judgment, reflexes, and visual acuity. Do not use kava if you plan to drive or operate heavy machinery. Kava should be avoided in people with alcoholism, liver disease, pulmonary hypertension, low blood pressure (hypotension), or kidney disease.

Is kava worse than alcohol? ›

While research hasn't yet shown kava's specific effects on the liver, there is much evidence to suggest that kava is a healthier alternative to alcohol. Kava lends itself to a relaxed social setting because, while it has anxiety-relieving and muscle-relaxing properties, it doesn't affect cognitive function.

Is kava good for anxiety? ›

Anti-anxiety effects

The primary use of kava is reducing stress and anxiety. Research suggests that kava could help treat the symptoms of anxiety disorders. In a randomized controlled trial from 2013, scientists gave 75 people with anxiety disorders either kava extract or a placebo drug over 6 weeks.

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