What Is Kava?

Kava Kava, or Kava for short, exerts its influence over its subjects by means of its active constituents, kavalactones. Learn more about its effects.

Kava Kava is a ceremonial relaxant used traditionaly by men indigenous to the Pacific islands. Today it is used by those in the West, to alleviate stress, and to promote a sense of well being. Kava Kava, or Kava for short, exerts its influence over its subjects by means of its active constituents, kavalactones. Kavalactones, bond to the same part of the brain as valium. This is known as the GABAminergic receptor site. However, unlike valium, Kava does not seem to "dumb down" the user. In fact, in one study, verbal recall (the intellect you use when you're trying to remember someone's name) is shown to improve under the influence of Kava. It seems, that Kava is more like another GABA acting substance, this substance being Piracetam, which has been shown to boost some aspects of intelligence.

Kava Kava has been shown to increse sensitivity to light and sound, making it especially useful to musicians and artists who seek to polish their artistry. I have personally experimented with Kava Kava use, as a study aid to musical divisions of beat. I have found it very useful in this type of learning as it seems to sedate the body, without the alcohol-like impairment of the mental faculties. I have yet to personally employ it in creative endeavors, though I expect that it will enhance my functioning.

Increasingly in Europe and among certain rogue doctors in the United States, Kava Kava is becoming recognized and prescribed by the medical establishment for alleviation of stress and other nervous complaints. It is gaining cautious acceptance for conjunctionary use in obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder, and stress related mental disorders. It is a testament of social hedgemony that an herb used by ancient, indigenous, pacific island populations, has become one of the most popular relaxing supplements in todays' industrialized civilizations.

Please check with your doctor before using kava.

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