OPK Kava Extract 3ct Capsules
OPK Kava Extract is manufactured from the same company that makes OPMS Gold! That means you are getting the HIGHEST quality, purest and most effective herbal product on the market today. These gelatin capsules contain organically purified kava (OPK). This product can offer a more restful night’s sleep, and may help reduce stress and anxiety.
Kava is native to the islands of the South Pacific and is a member of the pepper family. Kava has been used as a ceremonial beverage in the South Pacific for centuries.
Kava and Kratom are increasingly being sold alongside each other at kava bars and in stores online. While they may be similar in name and drink appearance, truth is, they are worlds apart.
Kava leaf vs. Kratom leaf comparison
Kratom is a tropical, evergreen tree in the coffee family, botanical name Mitragyna speciosa. It is native to Southeast Asia, (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, etc.) where it has been a part of traditional culture for thousands of years. There, it is traditionally chewed, in raw leaf form, by workers to stave off exhaustion, relieve pain and as a mood enhancer.
Kava is a plant of the pepper family, botanical name Piper Methysticum, indigenous to the Western Pacific (Vanuatu, Fiji, Papau New Guinea, Micronesia, and Hawaii). In these Pacific island communities, Kava is consumed before the beginning of an important religious ritual or ceremony. Most commonly though it is used as a beverage to relax and unwind from the day. Often served at Nakamals (Kava Bars), it is drunk socially instead of alcohol.
“We only use high quality Lateral Roots for our extract, which gives us the cleanest Kava product on the market.”
– OPMS OPK Kava Team
What is Kava?
Kava is a depressant drug, which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body. Kava is made from the root or stump of the kava (Piper methysticum) shrub.1
Kava comes in different forms including:
- brownish-coloured drink
- brown powder
Kava kava, kawa, waka, lewena, yaqona, grog (Fiji), sakau (Pohnpei), ‘awa (Hawaii), ‘ava (Samoa) and wati (New Guinea).2
How is it used?
Traditionally, Pacific Islanders crushed, chewed and ground the root and stump of the shrub, then soaked it in cold water to produce a drink for ceremonies and cultural practices. These rituals were said to strengthen ties among groups, reaffirm status and help people communicate with spirits.
Many Pacific Islanders who have settled in Australia have continued drinking kava or using kava extracts.
The following effects may be experienced:
- feeling happy and relaxed
- mild sleepiness
- numb mouth and throat
- reduced or loss of appetite.
If a large amount of kava is taken the following effects may also be experienced:
- loss of muscle control
- mild fever
- pupil dilation and red eyes.
Manufactured products such as herbal remedies that contain kava extract have been linked to irreversible liver damage. Kava has been shown to cause liver damage when taken in an alcoholic or acetonic extract. For this reason water based extracts of Kava ( as a drink or tablet) should not be consumed with alcohol, especially if there is a history of liver damage or disease.
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