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    Has anyone or does anyone drink Kava? If so, any recommendations on brands or websites you'd like to share?

    Or maybe experiences?
    Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
    Starting Weight: 294 pounds
    Current Weight: 235 pounds
    Goal Weight: 195 pounds

  • #2
    I've never heard of Kava before; what is it?
    My whole life, I've felt like an animal......but I've ignored my instincts. I ignored what I really am. That will never happen again.

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    • #3
      I've spent some time in the south pacific and done some real kava. Don't even bother with the powdered stuff. If it's not fresh it's not worth the trouble.

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      • #4
        Paleobird is right

        Unless you're sharing frothy grey stuff in a mason jar with a stranger at a Maku'u Farmers Market... ...NOT worth it
        Little Saiyan

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        • #5
          i take liquid root extract, it is very effective. not good for bedtime though, unless you like crazy dreams as it is a very mild hallucinogen.

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          • #6
            Can you guys that tried it tell a bit more. Ive heard that its good to use daily because the effect usually doesnt come the first times you do it, the alkaloids or something in the cava builds up in the blood, so after that happens you can also decrease the dose, opposite of other drugs when you always have to increase dose, is this correct?

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            • #7
              +1 on the crazy dreams.

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              • #8
                I bought from nakamalathome.com types Solomon Islands and Niugini. The shit is nasssssty tasting, but if you have an apple or some OJ to taste after you chug a shell, it leaves your mouth quickly. The effects are subtle, but nice. We are still trying to find the right balance of kava to water. Haven't tried adding soy lecithin crystals, they are supposed to help break down the fatty goodness in the Kava? Anyone tried that?

                Honestly we haven't had it in a few weeks, it is just kind of a mess and hassle and god the flavor is yucky. We have stopped smoking pot too, but we still have an alcoholic beverage in the evening. I'm sure we will finish the bags off someday, but I don't know if we will buy any more.

                go to http://www.kavasseur.blogspot.com for a ton of great reviews and info on the powdered stuff.

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                • #9
                  I've tried many kavas and my all-time favorite is off the market now (New Chapter used to make a very strong kava in a softgel) but I like Herb Pharm Pharma Kava.
                  Good kava is very relaxing and it also numbs your mouth. I use it when I have to have a filling done at the dentist- not only to calm my nerves but to numb the spot that I know the'll stick the novocaine needle into. It works great for that

                  If you want something that will relax you but keep your mind alert, theanine is great. It encourages alpha wave production in the brain with no side effects. 100-400 mgs/ is the dose.
                  http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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                  • #10
                    I don't need my mind alert in bed...so why am I taking theanine to sleep?

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                    • #11
                      What I was told by the locals in Vanuatu is that the best time to do kava is on an empty stomach maybe a half an hour before dinner. When the food gets into the mix it slows down the absorption and prolongs the buzz.

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                      • #12
                        I wanted to try kava ever since I saw some of the Survivor contestants try it when they were filming in the S. Pacific. It made one of the players very sick though.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by janagram View Post
                          I don't need my mind alert in bed...so why am I taking theanine to sleep?
                          Um, you didn't indicate you wanted to sleep, did you? And this thread is about Kava use, not sleep. Most people don't use straight kava for sleep- they use it for relaxation/anxiety. Not everyone can stand the taste of kava, and some people want to be relaxed but still sharp (as opposed to totally chilled out) so that's why I mentioned theanine. Theanine is to relax you during the daytime (although it does improve sleep quality- it might not make you sleepy, but once you're asleep, you'll have better quality of sleep).
                          http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MrsToon View Post
                            I bought from nakamalathome.com types Solomon Islands and Niugini. The shit is nasssssty tasting, but if you have an apple or some OJ to taste after you chug a shell, it leaves your mouth quickly. The effects are subtle, but nice. We are still trying to find the right balance of kava to water. Haven't tried adding soy lecithin crystals, they are supposed to help break down the fatty goodness in the Kava? Anyone tried that?

                            Honestly we haven't had it in a few weeks, it is just kind of a mess and hassle and god the flavor is yucky. We have stopped smoking pot too, but we still have an alcoholic beverage in the evening. I'm sure we will finish the bags off someday, but I don't know if we will buy any more.

                            go to http://www.kavasseur.blogspot.com for a ton of great reviews and info on the powdered stuff.
                            I checked out the blog; I've not taken kava in a decade but wanted to look into it

                            I've never made it in the tea form, is it difficult?
                            Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
                            Starting Weight: 294 pounds
                            Current Weight: 235 pounds
                            Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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                            • #15
                              We were married in Fiji and had plenty of Kava 'ceremonies' . Don't know where you get the good stuff, but I was totally underwhelmed.
                              Tasted like muddy dish washing water and offered no buzz whatsoever.
                              I gave up headed back to the beach side bar and ordered a Pina Colada...

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