Kava is a small shrub found in the pacific islands that has been used in social rituals, religious ceremonies, and for medicinal purposes for generations. Kavain and yangoni are the two active ingredients in kava, allowing for psychological and physiological relaxation after consumption. Kava has been known to induce a sense of calm and euphoria, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension.
How it's used
The root and stems of the kava plant are made into a non-alcoholic, psychoactive beverage.
Kava Tea has been known to treat anxiety, sleep problems, PMS symptoms, stress, and overall relieving pain and relaxing muscles. Like coffee, kava is considered by many to be a nootropic – a substance that benefits cognitive function and has neuroprotective properties. (Kalm With Kava) However, it’s not a stimulant and unlike coffee is considered to be non-addictive. Its effect is often described as creating a sense of happiness or well-being (similar to coffee and alcohol in small amounts) paired with deep relaxation and clarity of mind.