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We get it: it’s hard to choose a place to buy kava, let alone pick the right kava product for your needs! You’ve been searching for a while for where to buy kava, you’ve done your research on kava, and you know you want to experience its relaxing effects. But what kava product should you buy? What variety fits your relaxation goals? What kava supplier has the kava products you need with the quality you desire? That’s where our kava selection tool comes in and saves the day! Our kava selection tool walks you through a series of simple questions to understand your relaxation and product preferences, then matches you with a kava product that fits your needs. It’s as easy as that! Use our kava selection tool above to get started. Need some more information about kava, kava products, and Kalm with Kava as a kava supplier? Read on below!
What is Kava?
Otherwise known as Piper Methysticum, kava is a small shrub grown in the Pacific Islands, such as Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga, and Vanuatu. The history of kava is incredibly rich, as this plant has been used in the islands for centuries for rituals, religious ceremonies, medicinal purposes, and social relaxation. More recently, the rest of the world has started to discover what those in the Pacific Islands have known for hundreds of years: that drinking kava can help you relax, unwind, and feel at peace. When the root and stump of the kava plant are ground down, made into a drink, and consumed, the effects of kava’s active ingredients—kavalactones— help promote psychological and physiological relaxation.
Kavalactones are the active ingredient responsible for kava’s calming qualities. Concentrated in kava’s rootstock and roots, there are thought to be 18 different kavalactones. Six of these kavalactones are thought to be responsible for over 90 percent of the active natural ingredients in the plant. Kavalactones interact with the body’s limbic system, which is the section of the brain most associated with regulating emotions. When kava is consumed, it produces a psychoactive, sedating effect that is conducive to relaxation. Every variety of kava has different effects, ranging from muscle relaxation and stress relief to elevated mood and euphoria. While kava does impact the brain, it typically does not negatively affect cognitive functioning like alcohol and it is not addictive like nicotine, making it excellent for relaxation and anxiety relief.
Types of Kava Root Products & Preparation
While kava beverages are the most popular kava products, this incredible plant comes in a wide range of forms, from mints to pills to tinctures. At Kalm with Kava, we specialize in a range of kava products to fit your relaxation needs, tastes, and lifestyle preferences.
- Medium Grind Kava Root – Medium grind kava root powder, the most common form of kava root powder on the market, is similar to medium ground coffee in its particle size. Medium grind powder root is usually prepared two ways: the traditional way and the easy way. The traditional way is often compared to brewing tea. You place medium grind kava root powder in a straining bag, then steep it in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes. After steeping, you then knead and squeeze the strainer bag to strain the liquid out of the bag into the bowl. When you’re finished kneading and squeezing, chill your kava in the refrigerator or add some ice before drinking. For easy kava preparation, simply add medium grind kava and hot water into a blender. Blend on high for 4 minutes, empty and strain through a cloth strainer, then chill before drinking.
- Micronized Kava Root – Micronized, or finely ground, kava has much smaller particle sizes than medium grind kava root, as all the fibers have been removed from the granules. Micronized kava can easily be added to the beverage of your choice and stirred in for a quick, easy drink. Simply add one tablespoon of micronized kava to 4-8 ounces of the drink of your choice.
- Kava Concentrate – Kava concentrate is great for those new to kava or those who are not used to the earthy taste of kava. Kava concentrate is a kava extract mixed with delicious tasting flavors for a tasty, relaxing drinking experience. Just dilute 1 oz. of kava concentrate with 5 oz of water to make a quick, tasty kava drink.
- Kava Mints – Kava mints are just that: mints that contain the soothing qualities of kava! Our kava mints come in two amazing flavors: Cinnamint and Orange.
There are estimated to be over 100 different varieties of the kava plant, and each variety has a different composition of the primary six kavalactones. Each variety provides totally unique relaxation effects. Some are more uplifting and great for daytime drinking, and we call these “heady” varieties. Other varieties are better for nighttime drinking and great as a sleep aid, which we call “heavy” varieties. Fittingly, “balanced” varieties are a balance between heady and heavy kava varieties. Below are the kava varieties we carry at Kalm with Kava:
Why Choose Kalm with Kava for Your Kava Needs?
At Kalm with Kava, we’re dedicated to your health and relaxation needs. We source only 100% Noble kava for our products so you get quality relaxation effects from your kava. We love supporting our friends in the Pacific Islands and ensuring you get fresh, top-quality kava.