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2. Select the Kava That's Best for You

To select the kava that’s right for your needs, choose between heady, heavy and balanced kavas. Heady kavas make you feel more energetic and euphoric and are ideal for drinking during the day. Heavy Kavas are more likely to relax your muscles and body and make you feel tired and perhaps eventually sleepy. Heavy kavas are better suited for drinking in the evening. Balanced kavas fall in-between these two and are good to drink anytime.

Each product page in the Kalm with Kava shop describes what that variety is best for. We’ve also made choosing what kava to buy real easy. Answer a few simple questions using our Kava Product Selection Tool to get recommendations of the variety of kava that will best meet your specific needs.

4. Find a Reputable Online Kava Vendor

When you are buying kava for the first time, we recommend you go to an online supplier with a strong, established reputation. Do your research into kava vendors before purchasing. Learn about how they source kava and read the customer testimonials and reviews of their products.

Quality Matters

Look for a vendor whose focus is on the quality of their products and not simply the lowest price. Ultimately, the benefits you derive from drinking kava will be directly related to the quality of the kava you buy. This will vary by vendor. As with anything, you get what you pay for and quality comes at a price.

If you buy the lowest priced product you could run the risk of inadvertently purchasing and drinking a kava that includes Tudei kava. Unfortunately, Tudei varieties still make their way into a high percentage of kava sold in the U.S. Or you might end up buying a cheap kava that is old and has been sitting in warehouses for months or years degrading in strength. These products won’t bring you the positive benefits you’re looking for.

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Visit a Kava Bar

Another way to buy and try kava for the first time is to find and visit your nearest kava bar. When you’ve tried and experienced kava in a fun, social environment, and got a taste for both kava and the kava culture, we’re sure you’ll want to shop online and buy some to drink at home.

15 Responses

  1. JR
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    Hi – I am brand new to trying Kava. I have ready about potential liver issues. While I no longer drink alcohol at all – in the past I did (dare I I say extensively). Any thoughts about that?

  2. Stephanie Snow
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    I ordered kava tablets 500mg each. Its not a tea. Do they work as well?

    • Mike
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      Hi Stephanie,
      In general kava tablets are not nearly as effective as traditional kava root or micronized/instant kava. In relation, tablets usually have 50-100 mg of total kavalactones while 1 serving of traditional or micronized will have 500mg or more of total kavalactones. Hope that helps!

  3. Soledad
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    That is excellent information for someone new to kava. I had no idea where to start but think I’m prepared for this interstingly new experience now. Wish me luck!

  4. Jerry
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    Hello Kalm, I have been trying out various forms of kava for about 6 weeks now (liquid, supplements, etc), and just came across your micronized kava. This is by far the most effective form I’ve found and I thank you for your products.

  5. rachel
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    Try acupuncture too, it really helps detox your body and can help you sleep and relax.

  6. Dan
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    Can Kava show up in a urine test when you take a standard drug test?

    • Mike
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      Hi Dan,
      Great question that we get often. No, kava does not contain any properties that are similar to any controlled substance that is tested for in a normal drug test and will not cause a false positive result. We actually have quite a few customers who have had substance issues in the past and they find kava very helpful since it is a natural relaxant and also has effects to it that reduce cravings. Hope this helps!

  7. Judy
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    I am trying Kava Kava for the very first. I have a severe case of PTSD and anxiety/panic attacks often(since 1975) I was on Clonazepam recently for about 5 years at a low dose .25 and when the dr, didn’t call in my usual refill and I couldn’t get in to her for 2 weeks, I thought that this would be a good thing instead. With our new government cracking down on drug addiction (which I’m all for), it leaves me in the ‘back seat’ to take care of myself. I am going cold turkey (not recommended) off these pills for about two weeks now and Kava is really helping me out. So at least for now, I’m really being helped and I wanted to write this in case anyone else is having the same issues. Thank you very much Kava!

    • Brian
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      Hi Judy,
      Your story is interesting to me because my wife has been taking 50mg Zoloft (Sertraline) per day for about 12 years, and her doctor prescribed Endone eighteen months ago for the pain of facial neuralgia. She suffers from anxiety/panic attacks and insomnia. I bought a small bag of Kava, about 50g, (it looks similar to ground coriander) from a Fijian/Indian supermarket then googled to find instructions on the preparation which led me to this site.
      Are you still off the Clonazepam? Has the Kava continued to be helpful since you wrote your post here?
      I intend to try it first by myself in the next few days away from work so that I can reassure her of it’s calming effects. I doubt my wife will be able to suddenly stop the medication but may be able to taper the doses if Kava proves beneficial. Thank you.

      • Leigh
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        Hi Brian, I also suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia. I’ve tried just about every antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication and nothing has really helped with the intense panic and fear, except for kava. It has been such a blessing. I’ve been using it for about seven months now. It has helped me tapper down on my anxiety meds. I use the Borogu during the day and borongoru at night. Along with yogi soothing caramel bedtime tea and garden of life probiotics + mood. I know this is a late response, I wanted to offer some input and help if I can. I hope your wife is doing well.

  8. Jy Larson
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    I am new to Kava, I have read a lot of reviews and because of a severe social anxiety disorder that is a result of ptsd, and chronic pain that has caused depression, I have looked in to many things. I have gone the chemical route with neurontin, and lyrics that both helped, but the danger of taking life long combined with the fact I had maxed out doses and withdrawing to try to reset my tolerance a bit became brutal. I turned to some natural things like tumeric, lavender, and valerian until I discovered a wonderful botanical known as kratom. I invested a lot of money trying to find the right strain and vendor, however the vendor has gone out of business and other vendors costs have become to much. So I started trying to find another plant with promise, and the number one thing I could find for anxiety, depression, and some pain relief is Kava, I can’t handle marijuana although I did recently order CBD, but still have yet to try it. Today I tried my first kava kava product, ground root waka kava, I couldn’t find out if it was noble or not, I did read that some names refer to what part of the plant is harvested, waka being the smaller roots towards the upper end having the higher concentration of kavalactones. I started with one bowl, I got the numb mouth but nothing else, so I made three more bowls over the next hour, after an eight hour work shift, completely empty stomach, had not eaten since the previous night. Still the effects were never felt, no warm rush, no euphoria, no pain relief, no relaxation, I mean nothing. I did more research and bought a special strainer bag, and added lectin to it, instead of squeezing it for 10 minutes to extract everything, I did it for almost 20 minutes, hoping I could better results. Still nothing. I realize it might be the strain, or the vendor. I have read and watched way to much to believe that it wouldn’t work. Is there any recommendations on getting samples, and preperation/extraction.

    • Mike
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      Hey Jy,

      Glad to see you found kava as a potential option for your needs! The most important aspect for a great kava experience is quality product. No matter how you prepare it or additives you combine, it still won’t make low quality kava as effective as tested high quality root. As an example, many kava products available online or sold through health food shops have tested far lower in Kavalactone content (the stuff that makes it work 🙂 ) than vendors who source directly from the farm, freshly harvested root. Additionally, there could be associated unpleasant effects from Tudei adulteration (lethargy, nausea, etc) if it’s not certified Noble varieties.

      The best advice would be to purchase from a reputable vendor who specializes only in Noble Kava to ensure the best experience. Your preparation sounds good with 5-10 minutes of kneading being plenty – anything more than that really isn’t needed. Use hot water directly from the faucet (around 110-130 deg F) this ensures the optimal kavalactone extraction. You can then, chill the drink to make it more palatable without effecting the strength.
      If you want an easy to use product, go with micronized which takes all the question out of preparation – simply stir into any beverage and enjoy!
      https://kalmwithkava.com/shop/micronized-kava/

      With all that being said, reverse tolerance is a real thing that a small number of people new to kava experience. For a more in-depth explanation, there’s some great info here:
      https://www.reddit.com/r/Kava/comments/608zg5/had_my_first_kava_experience_today/

  9. Walter
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    I am very curious

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