What is Kava? Kava, also known as Kava root or Kava Kava, is a herb native to the Southern Pacific islands that has been used for centuries in traditional medicines and cultures as a hypnotic (sleep promoter), psychotropic, and anxiolytic (anxiety reducer). It is reported to have pleasant and hypnotic effects when the roots are brewed into a beverage, and is sometimes paired with alcohol and treated in a manner similar to alcohol. A potent anxiety reliever, kava offers a non-alcoholic way to wind down at the end of the day, especially if you’re working late or you have trouble falling asleep. The secret lies in kavalactones, the psychoactive parts of the kava plant. The kavalactones in a cup of kava tea, or a few drops of kava extract, can put you into a rare state of relaxed focus. What does Kava do? Kava has been used as a hypnotic, sedative, and anxiety reducing agent in manners (and effects) similar to modern usage of alcohol for centuries in the southern pacific. Most notably it is known for its anti-anxiety and calming effects that typically have a powerful effect upon people who consume kava. Kava has been compared with having many of the same benefits of currently prescribed anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax & Valium, but as an all natural alternative without having any of the negative side effects that come with taking those drugs. Additionally it has been reported that Kava helps to prevent and fight against the development of cancer cells due to the high levels of Flavokawains in Kava that may have anti-cancer properties. Kava has also been used for a very long time as a traditional, herbal, sleeping supplement to help aid people who suffer from general insomnia. What are the benefits of Kava? Anxiety relief Mood booster Stress relief Promotes deep, restful, sleep Anti-cancer properties How to use Kava? The most common way to consume kava is by drinking it. The traditional way is to brew kava by steeping kava, either as a fresh root, or ground into a dried powder, into a tea-like beverage. Kava can also be consumed as an extract in pills or various dietary supplements. When consuming kava it is important to note the percentage of kavalactones in the type of kava that you are drinking. Some extracts contain 70% kavalactones, some extracts contain 30%. The most important thing is to consume around 100 – 250 mg of kavalactones to experience the feel-good effects of Kava. Side Effects of Kava When consumed responsibly there are not really any negative side effects of consuming kava. However, if you were to consume too much of it you may experience dizziness, double vision, sleepiness, and dry skin over the long term.