Kava Side Effects


Good Kava Has No Hangovers

Noble kava will not create hangovers. There are two categories of kava that both contain many types. Noble and Tudei. Tudei will have an effect like it sounds, two day. This means that there is a potential for a kava hangover. Typically you will only find high quality Noble kava available in the market. Tudei is mostly reserved for traditional ceremonies in certain parts of the south pacific. Noble however won’t increase the toxins in your body that lead to headaches and hangovers. Kava won’t impair your cognitive abilities or mental clarity in the same way alcohol does, however it may lead to issues with coordination. It boosts mood and tends to make people more talkative while maintaining rational thought. None of the downsides of alcohol that make people aggressive and depressed. In fact, if you consume a lot of kava, typically you will be very sedate and fall asleep. Because of the sleepiness and coordination issues, it’s still recommended that you don’t drive after drinking kava.

Kava is Non-Addictive

Kava is also proven to be non-addictive. Drinking kava has been shown consistently to be non habit forming. You will also not build up a tolerance. Typically people have to consume more and more of a substance as time of use goes by. This is the opposite with kava. The more consistently you consume it, the beneficial effects will be felt more, with less kava consumed.

Kava and Potential Liver Toxicity

Typically when a person finds out about something new that may help them, they head to the internet to find websites, blog posts and articles to substantiate or debunk information they’ve gathered. As you research kava, you will likely stumble upon research that led to kava possibly causing liver toxicity further leading to the ban of kava in Switzerland and Germany. The bans were subsequently reversed in 2015 after a growing number of new research questioned those early findings. The new research showed that cases of liver toxicity attributed to kava happened when the person was also taking other drugs and medications known to negatively affect liver function or were consuming contaminated kava

Sadly, this information still dominates online and take away from the more up to date university conducted research studies that give us a better understanding of kavas effects

The national library of medicine said “based on reported cases, the estimated frequency of clinically apparent liver injury due to kava is less than 1:1,000,000 daily doses”. So the likelihood of negative health side effects from drinking kava is small.

Noble vs. Tudei Varieties

Lab tested kava is the only kava you should be looking at when deciding on a purchase. With Noble kava varieties being the one you will want to buy. As explained in less detail above, Noble and Tudei kava are the two main categories. Tudei, like the name sounds, will have hangover and nausea effects that will last into the second day (two day). This kava is used as a ceremonial or for medicinal purposes.

At Art of Kava we only sell kava we lab test by the batch. Our noble kava is sourced directly from farmers in the South Pacific so we know the quality from start to finish.

Heady, Heavy, and Balanced

Within these two main categories, over 100 kava cultivars have been identified. Based on their effects they are subcategorized into three groups: Heady, Heavy and Balanced.

Heady: Mental or heady effects will be relaxing, mood boosting, make you feel happy or euphoric. This is a calmer, more sociable kava.

Heavy: Will make your body's limbs feel heavy, relax your muscles and calm your mind. These are sedative kavas that will work well as a sleep aid.

Balanced: As the name suggests, this is a balance of heavy and heady. You have the mental and physical relaxation effects of both with less of the sedative effect. You can drink these throughout the day.

Kava Culture

On the islands of the South Pacific, there is a long history of consuming kava. It is embedded deep in the culture of Fiji, Vanuatu, The Kingdom of Tonga and Hawaii.

Since 2010, kava has grown to be much more popular worldwide as people discover its unique benefits and history. Kava bars are opening all over the United States. Find a kava bar on google by searching kava bar near me and you will likely find one or one that is opening soon.