Kava kava

andyguitar

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Not seen any credible reports about it being addictive, but I suppose that it would be possible to become psychologically dependent on it. That can happen with pretty much anything. If you are worried about it being toxic go for a small dose and don't take it for months on end.
 

Hope4

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@Sarah Metcalf I've heard people say they like taking kava kava. I've tried it a few times, even taking only half a capsule before retiring. It made me feel drugged, sort of "knocked out", and I had a strange drugged feeling for all the next day, and into the day after. I don't remember the name of the brand or the amounts in the capsules.

I can't say anything about its effects on the liver. Sorry.
 

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Ok ive read mixed things about kava kava root. @Hip said that kava kava is not addictive and you dont build up a tolerance. But have seen other people saying that it was addictive for them?

Also, I've seen reports that it can be very bad for your liver?

I use to make Kava tea every night for 1-2 years and drank 2-3 strong cups. I never became addicted to it, I just liked the relaxed mellow feeling it gave me.

I stopped drinking it for some reason, I don't remember now why, it was a long time ago. Quitting wasn't an issue at all.

EDIT- I didn't build up a tolerance either. Even after 1-2 years of drinking it almost daily.
 

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I tried Kava and still have a tincture in my herb cabinet.

I read online about the liver thing and then twigged that might explain why whenever I took it my stools turned out yellow. Same with cashews which have a toxin in them.

I decided this was not a good thing and so I quit using it.

I found an alternative which is hop tea with marigold, damiana and bucchu, proportions 8:4:2:1 by volume of dry herb. This mix is a very mild tranquiliser (hops) and nerve tonic (damiana) with immune tonic (marigold) and urinary antiseptic and anti-infective (bucchu). I find it helps especially during a rubbish patch.

Another one is cramp bark tincture, which is a mild but effective anxiolytic especially good at alleviating cramps. Though attention to mineral balance is always recommended for cramps (especially Ca / Mg & Na / K).

Kava tincture, I discovered, is very good for gently euthenasing fish with minimal suffering. Tells you something...
 
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