Traditionally, kava is drank from a coconut shell in one big gulp. Some individuals will feel the effects from drinking kava after 8 ounces while others may want to try 16 ounces for their first time. Another thing to keep in mind is that kava has a reverse tolerance, meaning that the longer and more regularly you drink kava, the less you will need to drink at one time to feel the same effects. The lengths of the reverse tolerance will vary from person to person, so it is not uncommon for some people to not feel anything the first time they try kava. The kavalactones (the chemical compounds that give kava its effects) will build up in your body over time, and you’ll find that as you settle in to a routine drinking kava you’ll feel even better and more relaxed than you did when you first started your journey with kava.