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Kava has been a helpful aid for anxiety in Australia since the 1980s but has recently come to light. Manofmany states that this all-natural and semi-legal plant helps users achieve a blissed-out state of mind that slows them down and reduces anxiety. Even though Australia is continuing its journey to a pro-cannabis nation, kava is still heavily depended on for those who aren’t entirely open to the idea of cannabis use for healing and relief.
Kava is one of many plants that contain cannabinoids. For example, in the Pacific Islands, you might stumble upon a plant known as Piper Methysticum, a.k.a., kava. “Kava” translates to “bitter,” and the name is relatively appropriate since the active component of kava is located in its bitter-tasting root.
To activate these anesthetic and sedative properties, kava must sit in water for quite a while, allowing the plant’s kavalactones to produce these effects. Doctors in Australia sometimes prescribe kava to patients to treat anxiety, but more often than not, it’s sold in stores as a herbal supplement.
To ingest kava and feel its full effects, Manofmany stated that the best way to do this is to sit the kava root in water for about 10-20 minutes and then drink the water. It’s said that the water tastes like “puddle water,” appealing.
However, don’t shoot it down just yet, because this plant might be your saving grace. After kava settles into your system and bloodstream, users will feel a tingling and numbing sensation in their mouths, followed by a steady, relaxing effect. This calming sensation is relatively similar to that of ingesting CBD.
Kava is also known for its pain-relieving properties so that you may feel any prior pain slowly disappear. The overall outcome is an excellent, calm, and collected mind frame. The effect that kava has on an individual may vary depending on how it’s ingested.
Many who ingest kava extract in tablets or drops feel a similar effect but without the numbing and tingling in the mouth. In a more scientific explanation, kava’s kavalactones directly impact the central nervous system, which helps slow down our brain’s messages to the body.
Overall, kava is a beneficial aid for anxiety, pain relief, insomnia, and even epilepsy. In addition, the plant is said to help boost cognition, prevent strokes, and slowly treat Alzheimer’s Disease. In Australia, Kava can be prescribed by a doctor. Contrarily, one can only possess up to 2 kg of kava when buying it as a supplement from regional stores.
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