Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kava?

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Kava or KavaKava (Latin: Piper methysticum – ‘intoxicating pepper’) is a plant that is believed to have originated in either Vanuatu or New Guinea but now grows throughout the entire Pacific Island region, apart from in New Zealand, where it is too cold.

The term ‘Kava’ also refers to the drink or extract that is made from the roots of this ancient plant, with a preparation process that is many centuries old. 

Traditionally, pieces of the plant were chewed until they were soft, then spat into a bowl and mixed with coconut milk, which was then strained to make the drink. Today, the Kava roots are dried and then ground, pounded or grated, creating the same unique drink that is now readily available for its natural calming and euphoric effects. 

What does Kava do?

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The Kava root contains substances called kavapyrones, which can produce psycho-tropic and euphoric effects in the brain (somewhat like alcohol), helping you to feel calm and content.

What are the benefits of Kava?

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In small doses, consuming Kava can have the benefits of helping you to relax, overcome anxiety or stress, and improve your sleep. 

How does Kava make you feel?

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When you consume good quality Kava, you’ll initially notice your lips and mouth going slightly numb. This is completely normal, as one of the active ingredients in Kava is an analgesic.

Experiencing the beneficial effects of Kava very much depends on the variety, quality and type of Kava you consume. The higher the quality and freshness of the Kava, the more potent the drink. This is also affected by the variety of Kava root used, as the mix of active ingredients (or Kavalactones) can differ from plant to plant.

How is instant dehydrated Kava prepared?

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Add 1-2 tablespoons of the powder - depending on the strength you prefer - to 200ml of tepid water, flavoured juice or coconut water for each serving.

Shake for 30 seconds until well mixed and serve.

How is micronized Kava prepared?

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Add 1-2 tablespoons of the powder - depending on the strength you prefer - to 200ml of tepid water, flavoured juice or coconut water for each serving.

Stir for 30 seconds until well combined and serve.

For a smoother drink, strain before serving.

How is Kava root prepared?

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For each serving, place 2-4 tablespoons of root into a strainer bag and place this inside a large bowl.

Pour 250-350ml of tepid water into the strainer bag.

Rest the mixture for 5 minutes until it softens, then knead and squeeze for 5 minutes into a serving bowl.

Make sure not to let any of the root escape into the bowl.

Where does our Kava come from?

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Two Valley Produce source our Kava roots from remote communities across the Pacific Islands, including Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga.

What are Kavalactones?

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Kavalactones area class of lactone compounds found in the Kava shrub and are believed to be the substance in the Kava root that produces the psycho-tropic, relaxant and euphoric effects.

What does Kava taste like?

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Kava has a strong earthy taste when combined with water, which is milder when mixed with juice, coconut water or coconut milk.

Is Kava legal in the United States?

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Kava is legal to sell and purchase in the United States, and in New Zealand, Poland, Germany, Ireland and Japan, although with some restrictions in the latter four countries. Please refer to kavaguides.com/kava-laws/ for a detailed list of the laws relating to Kava in specific countries.

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