What is the difference between Kavaha Powder and Kavaha Instant? Let’s take a look at the properties of both forms and answer some basic questions, such as: how the Powder and Instant forms are prepared, whether they have the same properties and effects, who they are intended for, in which situations they work best, and which one is more effective for stimulating the senses?
Traditional preparation of Kava Kava
Over the thousands of years that Kava has been cultivated in the Pacific Islands, various traditions have developed for preparing and using the roots of methistine pepper. Depending on the region, mortars and pestles or limestone and coral quern-stones would be used to finely grind the dried roots, with the ground Kava then undergoing lengthy and elaborate ceremonies, including manual soaking and draining of the aqueous extract. Kavaha also draws on this tradition.
Is Kava an aphrodisiac? There is still a discussion around this question. It is perhaps not a particularly fierce dispute, or one of those quarrels that eventually end in bed, but … Seriously though, this discussion is so fascinating because intimate, personal experiences are intertwined with clinical research and scientific analysis. Spice is also added by subtly erotic legends from the Pacific islands. So let’s get closer to answering this intriguing question.
In some pacific island cultures (especially Samoa), Kava has long been regarded as an aphrodisiac and stimulant. But how exactly does it work on our sexual drive? An accidental discovery is the reason for an in-depth research on this issue. In the first clinical study on Kava’s roots – aimed at another aspect, namely the effect of Methystine Pepper on anxiety relief – it was found that Kava intake increased sexual desire in women (University of Melbourne, 2013). While the researchers suggest that this is a mental “unlocking” effect rather than an aphrodisiac, they also suggest that further research is needed into this finding. What is the difference between the action of aphrodisiacs and – generally speaking – mental attitude, willingness to interact with another person, or an increasing readiness for a sexual intercourse?
Do you drink Kava? It’s like coffee… in French? Café? Kava with “v”? Yes! Like the Spanish Cava! No? I don’t understand anything anymore… – it’s an illustration of a typical conversation about Kava. Every connoisseur of the drink from the Pacific Islands probably knows it. So, let’s resolve a few doubts about these similar-sounding names.
KAVA – also called Kava Kava – is the name of the drink and the plant from which our drink is made (the botanical name of the species is Piper methysticum, or Methystine Pepper). The name is the same, because the preparation of the drink does not require any additives – Kava for drinking is only a natural extract from kava roots. In different parts of Oceania, Kava operates under slightly different names: for example, in Hawaii it is called AWA, and in the islands of Samoa – AVA. In Fiji Kava is also known as YAQONA or GROG, in Vanuatu – MALOK, on Pohnpei – SAKAU. The name Kava is probably taken from the Polynesian language, in which it means bitter taste.