Kava can be used in a few different ways. The tinctures contain the extract from the plant mixed with alcohol to preserve it. It can be made in its natural for by straining the kava multiple times until you meet your desired amount. However, the process of kneading the kava is extensive and requires a lot of time and money. The supplement can also be purchased in capsule form- which is my choice because both the extract and natural kava taste pretty gross in my option.
So does kava work? Absolutely. Kava is one of the natural ‘herbal’ extracts that definitely had an effect on my anxiety. While the makers claim that this supplement relaxes you without sedation, I beg to differ. It does make me tired so it’s best taken before bed or when you want to relax without much to do. You can tell it’s relaxing your muscles and does bring a sense of calm to your mind. The effects are subtle, but are definitely there. I’d recommend kava before many other supplements if you’re looking for something that really works. The only downfall is tolerance builds up quickly. So you want to take it on a week and off a week in order to avoid tolerance buildup.