Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is related to Coffee and the government wants to make it illegal effective September 16, 2016. This plant contains many of the same alkaloids found in Chocolate and a series of alkaloids that effect the human opioid receptors. It's never killed anyone.
09/10/2017 Kava - The Pacific Elixir
A complete guide to Piper methysticum, this book covers Kava and its religious, political, economic and recreational history. The book was originally published by Yale University Press. It's filled with information that you can't readily find on the internet.
"Kaviar" 30% Kavalactones, are organic compounds extracted from a member of the
pepper family that has been cultivated by South Pacific islanders for centuries, and used
as a social and ceremonial drink. It's known as Kava Kava. It's often makes people chatty, and happy, hints its use in ceremony to enhance "spiritual vibrations". It helps you to relax without disrupting mental clarity. A Cochrane
Collaboration systematic review of its evidence concluded that it was effective at treating
short-term social anxiety. It has great religious significance, being used to connect
with the ancestors and the gods to obtain inspiration or esoteric
knowledge, according to tradition.
We've been very fortunate in the United States that Kava and related extracts have
remained legal for all of this time. Unfortunately, some of the most famous intoxicating
"drug like" ethnobotanical extracts on the planet are now illegal, leading to dangers that would
have otherwise not existed. Some examples include: Coca, Khat, Cannabis, Mushrooms, and
others. If a law maker in your area wants to condemn it then please take legal and
peaceful action to protect it!
The active constituents of Kava are a group of compounds known as
kavalactones. Kavalactones are destroyed at 140 degrees F., which is much cooler than most
teas. Pure Kavalactones are available on the market. Traditional preparation methods were done by squeezing the root into cold water.
Please remember this when preparing your tea, or drink. Also keep in mind that the finer the Kava powder,
the easier it is for the phytochemical constituents to extract into the water, or alcohol if
a tincture is your choice.
Kava is by far one of my
favorite intoxicating herbs. The drink causes muscles to relax, and enables a mellow
euphoric sensation to permeate the body. Mentally, it's calming and assist in elevating
Chi, thus altering mood in a positive way. It's an incredible tool to combine with
meditation. While certain cultures swear by meditating sober, I have observed that it can make meditation a much easier and more fulfilling task. To sum it all up, this stuff is
amazing and i'm glad that our government has not taken it away. It's no wonder the
islanders of Vanuatu have fallen in love with this wonderful plant.
Bouncing Bear Botanicals had a really awesome Kavalactone paste that was almost 100% pure! Their credit card processors cut them off for selling it. How ridiculous is that? This is called fascism, and the world could do better without it. Know that you can make your own extracts easy enough with some alcohol, cheese clothes, glass jars, and time. Remember to keep the ingredients in a cool environment and keep them away from light. Store in a cool, dark place. I'll explain more about how to do this below.
Pure Kava root tea is not a drink that requires getting used to. It has a numbing sensation on the mouth and throat. If you didn't choke your first time drinking beer, then you should have no problem keeping this stuff down. Speaking of alcohol, you can make a tincture, or extract of Kava using high proof liquor like Everclear. Soak the ground root in the spirits for at least a month, shaking it up once a week or so. Allow the Everclear or whatever you choose to use to evaporate, and you'll be left with a solid extract. It will be loaded full of Kavalactones! If you leave it slightly moistened, you'll have yourself a paste that can be used topically, or any other way.
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Resources & References:
Pittler MH, Ernst E (2003). Pittler, Max H, ed. "Kava extract for treating anxiety". Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) (1): CD003383. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003383. PMID 12535473.