Though they both have similar effects, Kratom and Kava are very different.
When most people try kratom, they are amazed that a completely natural product can be so vital for a better quality of life.
It almost feels like we’ve been lied to all our lives when you learn there are many other natural products that can be effective as well. Usually, once people find that one natural product works, they will start to look for others that can be a benefit on your journey to well-being. Many turn to things like Kava, Canna, Lion’s Mane among many others. All of these are great and have their own benefits but it is very important to do your research and make sure it is right for you. The last thing you want is to introduce many new things into your daily regimen and find that they have adverse effects or they are working against each other.
Once you are familiar with Kratom, you may find yourself wondering about how other herbs could impact your mind, body, and life. It can be exciting to feel subtle shifts in yourself when you begin a new well-being journey. Yet, it’s also important not to rush too fast into several new habits, incorporating a variety of products into your daily wellness regimen. It’s essential to consider the broader impact of a substance and understand all the components before undertaking any significant changes. Whenever you combine substances, you need to consider potential interactions. You want to ensure the two aren’t working against each other, canceling each other out, or creating more significant issues.
One of the popular natural supplements is the Intoxicating Pepper or better known as Kava Kava. Let’s talk about Kava and its relationship with Kratom.
What is Kava
Kava is a South Pacific plant belonging to the pepper family. This plant grows around 6 feet tall with 10-inch heart-shaped leaves. Also known as the Asava Pepper or Intoxicating Pepper, Kava has been used for Centuries by the Pacific Islanders as a medicinal plant. They used Kava for its sedative, anesthetic, euphoriant, and psychotropic properties. Kava is used in religious and cultural traditions but is becoming known as an herb that can calm you down and lift your mood. Showing up in bars and restaurants, Kava is gaining popularity across the United States.
The Similarities Between Kratom and Kava
Kratom and Kava have similarities being a greenish powder traditionally taken as a tea. Native to the South Pacific both plants even look similar as they grow. Though many people use Kratom and Kava for different reasons they both provide substantial benefits to the body and are known to induce feelings of wellbeing, positivity, and motivation.
How Kava is Different from Kratom
Though both plants share many similarities, there are a number of significant differences. Kratom is part of the Rubiaceae plant family and related to the coffee plant. Kava, however, is closer to the pepper family called Piperaceae. Kava has somewhat of a uniform influence between people regardless of the dose taken. Kratom on the other hand has different benefits and experiences depending on the dose with higher doses usually feeling sedative. The strain also has significant differences with kratom. A Green Malay would offer more energy and a Red Maeng Da would have relieving effects.
The major difference is the pharmacology composition, Kratom’s benefits are attributed to its two main alkaloids: Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Kava, on the other hand, has an entirely different pharmacological composition and features kavalactones instead. There is no commonality between the chemical composition of these two plants. With Kratom, we benefit from the leaves of the plant. Kava comes from the root of the plant. In the Botanical world; each part of the plant has different properties and components.
Kava is entirely legal and has been available for public use for more than two decades. If anything, it is growing in popularity, and more people are enjoying its benefits.
An extension of these differences regards legality. Kratom is illegal (to possess, use, buy or sell) in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. There are additional restrictions elsewhere in smaller parts of the country; some state counties have banned Kratom’s use while others have simply put an age restriction upon it. It’s essential to check your local regulations regarding Kratom.
Can I take Kava and Kratom Together?
Though Kava and Kratom may have similar benefits and effects, it’s important to take caution and know your body’s limits. One should not take Kava and Kratom in one dose or at the same time. Many Kava enthusiasts do use kratom but they have expressed that its Kava is entirely legal and has been available for public use for more than two decades. If anything, it is growing in popularity, and more people are enjoying its benefits. important to take them at different times of the day or different days of the week.
Note: DO NOT smoke or vape either one of these substances.
How can you take Kava
Because Kava has grown in popularity and does not hold the same stigma that kratom has, you can find Kava in many different products. Traditionally it is drunk as a tea, but you can find premade herbal drinks as well as Tea bags marketed for stress relief. Most suggest that if you want the full experience and benefits of Kava to take it on an empty stomach.
Traditional Grind Kava
- Approximately 35-40g (a little less than half a cup) of traditional grind kava powder.
- Strainer bag.
- Two cups (around 600ml) of warm (35-40C) water. (In general, we like to use 10-15ml of water per 1g of kava, but feel free to use any ratio you find effective and convenient).
- One extra cup of water if you wish to make the so-called “second wash”.
Measure out the right amount of kava root. Typically, in kava preparation, a standard serving size for one individual is 2-4 Tablespoons. Many times people will double this amount and plan on having 2-3 servings in an evening. Add the kava root to your strainer bag and place the bag into your bowl.
Measure out 8-12oz. of tap hot water (about 120 degrees*) per serving. Vary the amount of water depending on how strong you want your kava root tea to taste. Next, pour the hot water directly into the bag with the kava powder. Let the kava steep in the bag in the bowl for 5-10 minutes. Traditional kava preparation involves steeping just like you brew a tea.
The third step in kava preparation is an important one. Twist the top of your kava strainer closed and press out all the air. Knead the kava root in the bag in the water in the bowl. Alternate between kneading the kava and squeezing the bag to strain the liquid into the bowl. Be careful not to let any actual root escape the bag.
The water in the bowl will turn a nice milky brown color and begin to look like chocolate milk. After 5-10 minutes of kneading, wring the straining bag tight to remove all liquid. Leave the root in the bag, possibly for a second wash or brew.
Lastly, since kava liquid goes down a little easier, chilled either refrigerate your liquid for a short while or throw in a few ice cubes. Once your kava is sufficiently chilled pour into a cup and start enjoying right away.
Note: for maximum relaxation effects kava is best consumed on an empty stomach.