Kava, also called kava-kava is a substance that comes from a root native to the South Pacific region. It’s been used by native islanders for centuries as a medicinal treatment and also as part of their religious ceremonies.
In the past decade, there has been a lot of attention put on the damaging effects of prescription drugs in the U.S. This includes opioids and benzodiazepines like Xanax. People have increasingly relied on these drugs for a variety of reasons and may end up abusing them. There has also been worry about the rising use of alcohol and things like binge drinking, and in an effort to avoid these dangerous scenarios, more people have started looking for herbal remedies and supplements that could help them relax.
Once such option is kava-kava. It’s said that kava serves as a natural alternative to widely used drugs like Xanax and Ativan. These drugs are prescribed to millions of people each year, and they are part of the class of drugs called benzodiazepines. While not exactly understood, medical professionals believe benzos work because they raise levels of GABA in the brain, which calms neurotransmitter activity and reduces symptoms of anxiety.
In this video I discuss my experience with taking Kava and the results that I’ve had while taking it.