Are Kava Pills Effective? Why Kava Root Powder is the Best Form of Kava

We are currently seeing several new forms of kava emerging due to the surge in its demand worldwide. Kava pills, one of the oldest and more readily available forms, have been at the forefront for the US market. Amazon, Ebay, pharmacies and health stores all over US keep kava supplements in form of pills. But, are these pills really effective? Why do many people prefer kava root powder instead of kava pills?

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Effects of Kava Vs Effects of Alcohol

What are the relative effects of kava and alcohol on the human body?

In terms of usage they are both social drinks, but alcohol is a super-heavyweight around the world and kava just a flyweight. The short and long-term effects on the body are very different too.


Alcohol is used socially because it can temporarily improve mood and produce sensations of euphoria; it can act as a social “lubricant” whereby people lose their inhibitions or shyness.

This can also create situations that are potentially aggressive, because people often become more bold when they have had a few drinks. We have all seen that on a Friday night out in the city!

Physical effects include a reduction in attention span and reaction times (which is why it’s illegal to drive with a high blood-alcohol reading) and, in more extreme cases, a loss of memory or comprehension.

There are some reports suggesting that alcohol such as red wine, when used in moderation can be beneficial for health.

But it can also cause problems with loss of balance and, in large quantities, can cause vomiting or complete loss of consciousness.

Frequent and long-term usage can lead to problems with liver damage, including hepatitis and cirrhosis. In fact alcohol-related disease accounts for high numbers of deaths globally.

The after-effects of alcohol consumption can be quite severe with the traditional “hangovers” caused by dehydration; headache, fever, vomiting and other stomach upsets are quite common after-effects of drinking excess alcohol.

Some potentially adverse social effects include the risk of addiction and associated relationship and family problems.


We will focus on the traditionally-prepared kava that Fijians and other Pacific islanders have been drinking for centuries rather than other modern versions on the shelves out there.

When drank in the traditional way, kava produces a mild calming and relaxing effect that helps bonding in social situations and family get-togethers. It may also provide mental clarity and patience, according to some drinkers.

The kavalactones present in kava root are a known short-term reliever of stress and this active ingredient gives the drink its well-known place as an “ice breaker”; kava ceremonies are a traditional greeting for guests and kava presentations from visitors are used as a traditional gift for hosts.

Physically, you will feel numbness of the lips and tongue after drinking. In larger amounts you may experience pupil dilation and bloodshot eyes, and possibly a loss of appetite; but it is unlikely you will ever drink enough kava to produce this effect.

The effects of kava will usually start after 20 minutes and last up to 2 hours but, unlike with alcohol, even prolonged usage produces no tendency to become aggressive and nor does it result in a hangover. There is also no addictive quality to kava.

You can judge for yourself whether drinking alcohol or drinking kava is more beneficial to your body. 

How commercial kava farming is done in Fiji – An insight to Fiji's largest kava plantation.

In this post we will talk about how kava is farmed in Fiji on a commercial scale. The information is based on the first-hand experience I had staying over at our Gourmet Savusavu Waka farmer’s kava plantation in Savusavu. 

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Why don’t I feel effects of kava? What am I doing wrong? An article for the novice

As a person who is new to kava you may be wondering why kava isn’t working for you? How is it that your friends are giving all praises for kava while you don’t feel anything? It is not that kava doesn’t work or there maybe something wrong with you. In this article we will provide you an array of things to consider which will help you pin-point what might be stopping you from feeling the effects of kava.

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Everything you need to know about Micronized Kava.

In this post, we attempt to answer as many of the important questions possible to provide you a central location to refer to if you are wondering what micronized kava is all about.

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10 Traditional Occasions where you get a shell of Fiji Kava

Did you know that Fiji Kava has a long history and tradition behind it, going back thousands of years?

While kava supplements may be the next ‘big thing’ in the relaxation beverages market, this is most definitely not news to the elders of Fiji who have been drinking kava for many, many years.

Here we look at some traditional occasions where the kava bowl is brought out, the kava prepared and the coconut shell passed around.

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Kava Time Rewards - You've earned this!

We have implemented a new rewards program for all our valuable Kava Time customers! The widget of this program can be found on the bottom right of screen when visiting our website.

Check it out!

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How to Prepare Kava and 6 Great Kava Recipes

Hard to get over the taste of kava? Find out our 6 great kava recipes to improve the anxiety relief experience and also some insider tips to kava preparation! 

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The 2016 Kava Awards - By Kavasseur

We are proud to be recognized as the Best New Vendor of 2016 in the kava world by a veteran kava connoisseur known as "Kavasseur".

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5 Factors which help determine quality kavas

Did I buy from the right kava vendor? How do I know the kava I bought is of high quality? What makes a good quality kava? Find out all here and more!

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