Is Kava Safe?

Drug Treatment in Greensboro NC Over the course of the past few blogs posts we have talked about kava and its effects on the body and mind. Though it's a natural root that is crushed up and put into water to make tea it is, in fact, considered a drug. Due to its ability to alter proper functioning of motor vehicles and heavy machinery as well as its sedative components, many countries have made it illegal to consume.

Here in the U.S. it's perfectly legal to use the drug and then turn around and get into a vehicle and drive somewhere. There are no regulations regarding kava. In fact, many areas in the U.S. have kava bars popping up where you can get a variety of concoctions. But is it safe? Let's find out! If have a loved one in need of drug treatment in Greensboro NC, please consider calling Legacy Freedom today. Ask about our 2017 alternative rehab programs.

Is Kava Really Safe?

According to, "kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles. Although kava is not addictive, its effect may decrease with use. Traditionally prepared as a tea, kava root is also available as a dietary supplement in powder and tincture (extract in alcohol) forms."

Kava has serious side effects that can affect people differently. It should not be used by everyone. Extended use of the drug can cause even further issues. It has been known to cause liver failure in healthy people. Consider the following information before you decide to use kava:

  • Do not combine with alcohol or other psychotropic medicines.
  • If combined with these types of medicines overdose may occur.
  • Alcohol use with kava can cause extreme sedation.
  • The drug can affect your reflex reactions and slow you down.
  • It is unsafe to drive or use heavy machinery when consuming this drug.
  • The body can build up a tolerance to the effects gradually.
  • Yellowing nails, hair and skin can be a symptom of extended use.
  • An allergic reaction of the skin is rare, but can happen.
  • Other long-term use symptoms include facial puffiness, scaly rash, shortness of breath, liver problems and swelling.

While some of these symptoms are reversible, liver problems can result in liver failure. This is the most dangerous side effect of using the drug. The FDA has been investigating kava use and what it can do to the liver. In this case, countries like Germany and Switzerland have decided to remove kava products from their shelves. In other countries, it is illegal to use it until further information is available about how it can affect our minds and bodies.

It's also important to note that many studies have shown that recovering addicts should steer clear of this drug. It can cause a relapse easily. To learn more, be sure to visit back with our next blog post. We will have more information for you about kava and pregnancy.

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