What is Kava Kava and How Does It Work?


Kava - or "kava kava" is a root that grows natively in the south pacific, and is formally known as "Piper methysticum." KININ sources all of its kava from the island of Vanuatu. Islanders there have used kava as medicine and in ceremonies for hundreds of years. The name "kava” is derived from the Polynesian word "awa," which translates to “bitter.” The root has a very earthy taste to it, similar to a sleepy time tea.


Kava's calming effect may relieve anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness, and stress-related symptoms such as muscle tension or spasm. In certain situations, Kava may also relieve pain. When taken for anxiety or stress, kava does not interfere with mental sharpness.The root has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles. In certain cases, Kava has been used instead of prescription anti-anxiety drugs, such as benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants.


Kava Kava’s traditional preparation is in the form of tea, but it has recently been provided in powdered,  tincture and extract forms. KININ has developed a next generation delivery mechanism by providing our “relax” blend in the form of a personal, portable essential oil diffuser that fits easily in your pocket so that you can use it when you want, where you want. The unique vapor delivery system allows bioactive components to cross the blood / brain barrier much faster than typical oral consumption. 

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