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SummaryTropical evergreen shrub with large heart-shaped leaves and woody stems. Its thick roots are mashed or ground and made into a cold and bitter-tasting beverage used similarly to alcohol. It has a long history of ritual and recreational use in Pacific Polynesia and is now a common herbal product, used widely by those in certain societies as part of a 'Kava Culture.'
DoseOral Light: 50-70mg Common: 70-150mg Strong: 150-200mg Heavy: 300mg+
NOTE: Doses are given for pure kavalactones, usually 5-20% of kava.
Onset20-30 minutes
Duration3-6 hours
After-effects9-18 hours.