What is Kava?
Well it's Kava is a small shrub grown in Pacific islands, mainly Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, and Hawaii. Local islanders have drank kava for hundreds of years in social rituals, religious ceremonies and for medicinal purposes. The root and stump of the plant are ground down and made into a natural, non-alcoholic tea of sort, typically served cold. When consumed, the effect of the active ingredients in the kava plant is psychological and physiological relaxation.
Why drink Kava?
There are many benefits to drinking Kava! This earthy drink relaxes the mind and body and induce a sense of calm and euphoria, making it ideal to use for social relaxation. This is why we recommend it as a great alternative to alcohol. It can also be used to reduce stress, anxiety, assist with sleep, and relieve muscle tension.
Are there any negative side effects?
No! At least not from the Kava we serve, which are the "Noble" strains meant for regular consumption. The only precaution we give is to refrain from drinking alcohol if you're going to drink Kava, since this might cause an upset stomach. Otherwise, there are no negative side effects to moderate Kava consumption.
One of the big kava root benefits is that it will not overly dehydrate your body or fill it with the toxins that lead to headaches and hangovers like alcohol often does. While kava won’t impair your cognitive abilities quite like alcohol, it is still recommended that you don’t drive after drinking a large amount.
One of the major kava root benefits is that it isn't addictive. Unlike other substances, drinking kava is not habit forming and you will not build up a tolerance to the effects causing you to need to drink more each time. In fact, the exact opposite has been shown.
The beneficial effects of Kava can be felt consuming the same amount or less if you drink the root regularly.
How do you drink Kava?
There is a traditional way islanders receive and offer this respected drink. Clap once with a cupped hand making a hollow sound then yell "Bula!"Drink your shell in one gulp. (That's the coconut shell Kava is served in) Clap three times and say, "Mathe!" Confused? Just ask your bartender how to traditionally receive the drink.
Where can I drink Kava?
Synergy Smoothie & Elixir Bar in St. Louis, MO! Located in Midtown, right in between Vandeventer and Grand, our doors are open to serve Kava, Smoothies, Elixirs, CBD, and so much more! Stop in from 4-10pm to grab your Kava Shell today!