What Is Kava?

Kava is simply unique!

There is nothing to compare the experience of consuming kava. It acts subtle, leaving a trace of many beneficial aspects placing the earthy root in a category all its own. Kava is perhaps most famously recognized as a powerful connecting agent. Throughout Fiji, the South Pacific, and Hawaii, social gatherings from celebrations, rituals, to conflict resolutions, religious offerings, evening socializing and beyond always incorporate kava into everyday life.

 

Kava is imbibed as a natural relaxer.

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How does it work? At least 18 different kavalactones contribute to an array of benefits found in kava from soothing anxiety and stress, aiding insomnia, and easing pain and muscle tension. Broadly, kavalactones work by inhibiting neurons firing and modifying GABA A receptors, blocking the uptake of norepinephrine (the “fear” neurotransmitters) and working similarly to benzodiazepines by changing a receptor’s response to its stimulus. When this norepinephrine activity is suppressed, the mind and body can relax instead of spiraling into overactivity. Methysticin, one of the 6 major kavalactones, acts as an anticonvulsant to calm hyperactivity in the brain, soothing anxiety and helping break patterns of circular thought. Kava studies show a centrally acting relaxation of skeletal muscles and reflex irritability and both analgesic (pain-relieving) and antipyretic (fever lowering) actions.

While there is limited scientific and medical data to support the many positive effects attributed to kava consumption, the anecdotal support that kava is a healthy choice, an alternative if you will, for other adverse consumptions is well-established. Kava is gently sedative and supports a transition from the daytime stress many of us experience to a peaceful sleep.

 

Little surprise that kava is the drink of choice for some of the happiest people on earth.

"Bula!" (pronounced boo-lah!) is a greeting used in Fiji. The word bula has a variety of meanings and uses: its literal meaning is "life," and when used as a greeting it implies wishes for continued good health (the official formal greeting is "Ni sa bula vinaka," meaning "wishing you happiness and good health," but it is almost always shortened to just plain "bula").

When you say bula to someone, you are actually wishing them life.” It’s a kava tradition to toast Bula before drinking the kava.

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Non Addictive

One of the most significant and important facts about kava is the non-addictive aspect, while kava can have positive affects for mood and relaxation, it's not physiologically addictive in any form. Kava is not considered to be habit-forming, but its effect may sometimes decrease with concurrent use.

Calm Focus

Kava actively calms the mind, leaving your head free of distractions. Kavalactones are the active ingredients in kava that can significantly increase GABA (Gamma amino butyric acid) activity in the brain through its wide array of kavalactones and other active constituents. GABA is the body's main chemical for calming excitability and inducing relaxation. Certain kavalactones bind to a specific site in the brain called the GABA(A) receptor which is a key target for most anti-anxiety drugs and is known as one other master regulators of stress in the body.

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Social Lubricant

Kava has been consumed in the South Pacific islands as a safe, natural alternative to alcohol because it can bring about significant mood boosting effects that enhance social interaction. Without making the person feel drunk in any way, or impairing fine motor skills. Kava's ability to enhance mood and sociability is believed to come from its effects on dompanine, which is the body's main pleasure chemical.

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Restorative Sleep

Kava can really help to improve sleep patterns! Sleep is so profoundly important to mental and physical well-being and Kava has the ability to promote deep sleep without affecting restful REM sleep.

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Anti-Inflammatory

Kava is believed to posses anti-inflammatory and immune building properties helping to alleviate an array of discomfort including chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, muscle aches and soreness. Kava is a gentle muscle relaxant that can help speed up muscle repair after strenuous physical activity and exercise. Kava is a go-to option for top Rugby teams, as pre-and post- battle drink of choice. It's also perfect for a healthy victory celebration.

Our Kava

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Kava Social offers artisanal kava blends of Noble grade dried lateral roots. Merging age-old traditional ways of cultivating kava with modern scientific and food grade production techniques. Our kava is processed in an FDA certified facility in Fiji and because of this Kava Social is registered as a supplier of kava with the FDA for tracking purposes. 

We get our kava from various regions within the Fiji islands. The large and heavily volcanic island of Gau (pronounced “Ngaoo”) is where the bulk of our kava is sourced. Gau is the 5th largest island in the 330 islands of Fiji, and is purely volcanic. Commercial shipping is highly irregular for such a large island — air flights are once a week by Cessna aircraft.  The largely uninhabited island has very clean water and social which produces kava that is clean, crisp and smooth.

Our kava is refreshing, clean and deeply soothing. We offer three varieties of kava, which we call Yaqona in reference to Fiji where kava is called Yaqona:

  • Yaqona Be Fine - this kava is considered to be strong, and most relaxing. The instant powder makes it easy to mix and prepare — the blend is a variety of kava roots curated to make artisanal craft kava.
     

  • Yaqona No Waka - this kava is very earthy, it’s grown inland parts of the islands, and it’s a mild and refreshing kava.
     

  • Yaqona Gau Roots - this kava is a little unique as it’s grown on the mostly uninhabited island of Gas in Fiji. The water and soil of this kava is very clean giving it a crisp taste, and soothing feel. 

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Nutritional Information (per gram)

 

Energy 14.11
Carbs .796
Total Fat .0001
Protein .034
Sugar .0004
Sodium 1.16
Calcium 4.01
Magnesium 2.31
Potassium 17.92
Iron .051
Sat. Fat .0001
Trans Fat .0001