Live Kava Kava Plants (Piper methysticum)
Live Kava plants are usually quite difficult to obtain since the farmers try to limit their competition from home-growers as much as possible. We have been able to obtain a small amount of plants and will, hopefully, be able to raise them to keep them available for those interested in growing Kava Kava at home.
We will offer two types of Kava plants. "Moi" Kava plants are a Hawaiian cultivar known for a high kavalactone percentage. "Isa" is a New Guinea cultivar known as a 2-day "Awa". Kava plants are in a 4-inch pot and are between 8 and 12-inches tall.
Kava is used primarily at social gatherings to heighten mood and amiability, and also to relax without disrupting mental clarity. A Cochrane Collaboration systematic review of its evidence concluded that it was effective at treating short-term social anxiety. It has great religious significance, being used to connect with the ancestors and the gods to obtain inspiration or esoteric knowledge. And, while some Christian sects in the Western Pacific have demonized the drink as a vice, others have encouraged it as a replacement to alcohol.
The active constituents of Kava Kava are a group of compounds known as kavalactones. Kavalactones are destroyed at 140 degrees F., which is much cooler than most teas.
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