5 Common Kava Myths

Kava has a long history; but its relatively recent appearance in the west means that it shouldn’t be too surprising that there are a few common kava myths.

Everything from its taste to its after effects and safety levels are regularly misunderstood.  So, whenever you hear these five statements, it’s important to dig a bit deeper.


Kava neither tastes like an alcoholic beverage, nor are its effects very similar. Kava has a relaxing, anti-anxiety effect and people often say it aids mental clarity and brings a mild, numb feeling to the body; the effects are relatively short-lasting and promote calmness and, after drinking it, sleep; in the past it was used for social bonding, friendship and peacekeeping; there is no hangover effect from drinking kava. Compare this with alcohol and you’ll see it is quite different.


There are no hallucinogenic properties to kava and it’s certainly not the South Pacific version of the South American hallucinogenic plants. The active ingredients of kava are kavalactones which have a relaxing effect on the body and mind; you are likely to feel pleasantly soothed and calmed if you drink it in normal amounts; so don’t worry – you won’t be seeing things!


Another one you may hear is that kava is unsafe – on account of some reports of liver failure in Europe a few years back. Quite apart from the fact the kava in question was not traditionally prepared, it was agreed by multiple reviewers that only one out of more than 80 case reports that kava was the probable cause. The rate of adverse reaction to kava is thought to be around 1 in 4.1 million, according to M.Schmidt, in his 2007 report, “Is kava really hepatotoxic?”


This depends greatly on the way you drink it. The Taki Mai kava supplements are, of course, tasteless, because they are in the  capsule form. You can have it with water or your favourite freshly juiced drink or smoothie.

But it’s fair to say that drinking kava for the first time in a welcoming ceremony in Fiji may leave you with a strange taste in your mouth: most describe it as a kind of bitter, peppery and “muddy” taste. To many westerners it is a very “acquired” one that may not immediately hit all the right taste buds!


Another popular misconception is that drinking kava is banned. It was banned by the EU for a number of years after the liver toxicity “scare” referred to above (since basically proven erroneous) but, in 2008, it announced the lifting of the trade ban. In the US and Canada, kava is not banned; in Australia there are some importing restrictions due to it being “regulated.”

We hope that clears up some of the misunderstandings about kava out there. You can now enjoy your next kava supplement in the knowledge that it’s legal, safe and will make you feel pleasantly relaxed.

At Fiji Kava, we believe that kava being natural, plant based, and known for centuries by pacific island people as a way to relax, is an undiscovered remedy for stress, muscle soreness, and insomnia. Its our mission to get the word out there that there is a safe, and natural solution to take that may calm, soothe, relax + help with sleep rather than the conventional options.

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