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Posted on Jul 29, 2019

CBD American Shaman + Kava Bar

Kava Bar

Kava is a tropical evergreen shrub with heart-shaped leaves and woody stems. Its scientific name is Piper methysticum.

Pacific cultures traditionally use the kava drink during rituals and social gatherings. To make it, people first grind its roots into a paste.

This grinding was traditionally performed by chewing the roots and spitting them out, but now it’s typically done by hand (2Trusted Source).

The paste is then mixed with water, strained and consumed.

Its active ingredients are called kavalactones, which account for 3–20% of the dry weight of the root of the plant (3).

Studies suggest kavalactones may have the following effects on the body:

Reduce anxiety (4Trusted Source)
Protect neurons from damage (5Trusted Source)
Reduce pain sensations (5Trusted Source)
Reduce the risk of cancer, though the evidence is limited to mice (6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source, 9Trusted Source)
Most of the research to date has focused on kava’s potential to reduce anxiety.

It is largely unknown how kavalactones produce these effects, but they appear to work by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that nerves release to communicate with each other.
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