Mention “Kava” to a person on the street and you will just get a blank stare or a quizzical look… Kava what? Is that some coffee bean or what?
But to those suffering from nervousness, anxiety and sleeplessness, Kava is something they often hear being mentioned in online forums as an effective muscle relaxant. Is it really effective?
First, let’s learn what Kava Kava is.
Kava or “kava-kava” is the Tongan name for the plant whose roots are produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties. The plant is used for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes throughout the Pacific.
Traditionally, kava is consumed either by chewing, grinding or pounding the roots. Commercially kava kava is available in powder form and capsules. Let’s check out the largest online store, Amazon, where people would search first for Kava Kava on sale.
Kava on Amazon.com
When made into a potent drink from powder, or chewed as a root, it takes effect fast — the user’s eyes become more sensitive, and he becomes sleepy or drowsy and then has deep, dreamless sleep within 30 minutes.
Ban on Kava in EU
Although kava kava products continue to be sold online, the EU in 2002 the EU imposed a ban on imports of kava-based pharmaceutical products. The United Kingdom made it a criminal offence to sell, supply or import any medicinal product containing kava.