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Old 04-03-2009  
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Default Kava Kava for social anxiety and depression

Kava Kava is a plant native to the South Pacific which, when prepared as a tea, has a similar effect to alcohol and nicotine, but without the danger of addiction. You can buy it in a powder, an extract, or in pill form, but I suggest the extract just because I like the taste of it and it's easy to prepare. The taste is pretty strange though, so if you don't like it you can go with the pill form.

To be a little more specific about the effect, it kicks in very quickly and comes on as a mild intoxication and light euphoria. This effect lasts about a half hour to an hour and gradually fades into a tiredness and sense of well being. Overall, it makes you more talkative and social, less anxious, and generally happy. It is a lot like having a couple beers and smoking a cigarette, but without all the health risks.

One thing to note is that when buying it, make sure the stuff you're getting is derived from the root of the plant ONLY. Some companies will use the bark as well to cut costs, but the bark has been linked to liver diseases. The root on the other hand, is completely harmless and has been used by natives of the South Pacific for hundreds of years.
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I've heard the people get a better effect with a fresher product too. I've only ever tried the extract though, and never felt much effect...


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is it comparable to St.John's Wort?
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Old 04-13-2009  
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I've never tried St. John's Wort. What does it do?
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where can you get this stuff???
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Your best place to look would probably be online. A lot of drug stores carry it too, as well as herbal supplement stores.


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Old 04-19-2009  
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I took it for a while. It's actually referred to by many as the "Anti-Shyness Plant".

In my experiences, prescription drugs are stronger after longer periods of use, but Kava can get you to a good level of relaxation short-term. Also, the effects are much shorter lived that most things your psychiatrist would give you.

That being said, I'm always one to go to natural medicines, and use pharmaseuticals only as a last resort. I personally love Kava, and am going to start again really soon.
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Sounds interesting. I found this for the UK:

KAVA KAVA 250mg 60 Capsules by BIOVEAŽ

It says this one's extracted from the root under the ingredients tab, but it also says "Excessive use may cause liver damage" so that worries me a little... I wish it clarified how much use is "excessive"!
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Sounds interesting. I found this for the UK:

KAVA KAVA 250mg 60 Capsules by BIOVEAŽ

It says this one's extracted from the root under the ingredients tab, but it also says "Excessive use may cause liver damage" so that worries me a little... I wish it clarified how much use is "excessive"!
A shit-ton every day for a long time. Pretty similar to alchohol's effects on the liver according to what I've read.
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Ive tried it and it might as well be a sugar pill.
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