What is Kava?

Piper methysticum, literally meaning "intoxicating pepper", is a plant belonging to the pepper family. Native to the South Pacific, kava was and still is a great healing, social and spiritual beverage used throughout much of the Pacific Basin from Fiji and Vanuatu to Hawaii for thousands of years. The active ingredients in kava are called "kavalactones". There are six major kavalactones, each of which are required to produce the kava effect.

How will kava affect me?

Initially, your mouth will become numb from drinking the kava, this is brought on by certain kavalectones. The physical effects can make you feel relaxed with lowered anxiety while promoting sociability. Higher doses can generate feelings of gentle euphoria, with greater sedation and mild motor impairment. Many people use it for pain relief and muscle spasms, sleep aid, anxiety aid, headache prevention, and to help with quitting smoking, drinking or other addictive drugs.

What is reverse tolerance?

Defined by the kava community as the "break in" period where the new kava consumer may not feel any effects at all from kava. It is theorized that for some people a certain level of kavalactone buildup in the body must be present before one begins to feel the full effects from kava. The range of time it may take to overcome the reverse tolerance ranges per individual, from weeks to up to a month and a half. Some individuals feel the effects immediately.
Reverse tolerance also applies to the principal that the more often you drink kava, the less kava you need to achieve the effect.  

Can I drink alcohol with kava?

Absolutely NO alcohol consumption for 12-24 hours before or after consuming kava. The liver uses the same enzyme to break down kava as it does alcohol. When taken simultaneously, the pathways of the particular enzyme can become stressed and toxic liver damage may be more likely to occur.

How does food affect the experience? Should I drink kava on an empty stomach?
The emptier your stomach is, the more mileage you will get out of your kava. If you have a sensitive digestion, you may find it helpful to eat a small, non-offensive meal an hour or two before consumption. Some people have also found that having a light meal between 30-60min after drinking kava can have a positive effect on the experience. Plenty of water is a must.

Is it addictive?
No. Kava is found to be non-habit forming and is absolutely not addictive in any way. It has been shown to have no withdrawal effects whatsoever. Many people have said that in lower doses, kava’s effects feel like those generated by alcohol or certain kinds of anti-anxiety medications, but without the dizzying or nauseating side effects. 

Will it impair my functioning?
Due to kava's unique pharmacological profile, it does not impair mental functioning despite its relaxing properties. However, if you have to question your ability to operate a motor vehicle or heavy machinery after drinking kava we always suggest you err on the side of caution and refrain from doing such.

How much is too much kava?
Kava has a low toxicity so there is no worry of overdose through traditional ingestion.

Kava is contraindicated for people who are pregnant, have liver disease, or who suffer from Parkinson's disease. It may also interfere with MAO inhibiting drugs so one must consult a physician before drinking kava while on any prescription medications.

*taken from kavaforums.com & kavabyrex.com

What is Kratom?

Mitragyna speciosa (Kratom) is an evergreen tree that can grow as tall as 80 feet high and 3 feet in diameter.  It is closely related to the coffee tree and grows naturally in South East Asia. Kratom tea, however, is made from the leaves of the tree.

How does Kratom affect me?

Kratom acts as a μ-opioid receptor similar to morphine. Kratom is quite unique, in that, in low to moderate doses it will commonly be stimulating, and in large doses it has a more sedative effect. The level of effect, like any other supplement, depends on many factors including body weight, physiological makeup, tolerance level and so on. As a stimulant, used in low to moderate doses, the user will experience an analgesic effect along with physical energy, alertness, increased libido, euphoria, sociability, improved mindset or mood, focus and an overall improved attitude. In some cases when taken in large doses, an individual may experience edginess similar to being over-caffeinated. As a sedative, used in higher doses, an individual will experience an analgesic effect along with euphoria, a lower sensitivity to pain both physically and emotionally, relaxation, anti-depression and anti-anxiety. Used in excess, it may result in a prolonged sleep.

*taken from Cali Botanicals

Is it addictive?

Kratom is not habit forming when it is used responsibly. If used occasionally, rather than daily, it is a safe botanical. Kratom like many drugs [e.g. alcohol, coffee, tobacco, etc.] used on a daily basis for a prolonged period of time, could become a habit hard to break. 

*taken from detoxdoctorusa.com

Will it impair my functioning?

Kratom can have sedative affects depending on how much taken so it is not suggested to operate motor vehicles or heavy machinery if you are feeling at all tired.

What is hookah?

A hookah is a water pipe that is used to smoke flavored and sweetened tobacco. Hookah tobacco is often flavored with molasses, fruit pulp, or honey with additional flavor added, like coconut, fruit flavors, mint, etc.

How old do you have to be to smoke hookah?

18. You must have a valid form of ID, driver’s license or passport, for everyone who will be smoking the hookah or in the group that the hookah will be being used. We will not serve you or your group if everyone does not have an ID.

Is hookah safe?

Because hookah uses tobacco, it does have similar effects to smoking cigarettes and you are at risk for the same medical illnesses that are associated with smoking nicotine or other harsh tobacco chemicals.

What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 60 active chemical compounds (or ‘cannabinoids’) in the marijuana plant. It’s usually the second-most abundant cannabinoid, behind THC.

Does CBD come from marijuana or hemp? And what’s the difference between the two?

Marijuana and hemp are two different varieties of cannabis that come from the same species of plant (Cannabis sativa L). In general, CBD is found abundantly in both.

Which is your CBD derived from?

At Mad Hatter’s, we sell a 100% hemp derived CBD oil.

Will CBD get me high?

No, CBD will not get you high. THC is the molecule that binds to receptors in our brain and is the one responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. In fact, CBD is antagonistic to the marijuana high; it actually prevents THC molecules from binding to the brain’s receptors.

Is CBD natural?

Yes, CBD is 100% natural occurring chemical compound that comes directly from the cannabis plant. It is not synthetically made.

A list of common uses for CBD oil:

•Epileptic seizures
•Treatment of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s
•Pain relief
•Reducing inflammation
•Mood disorders

*taken from purakana.com

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented probiotic drink that has been consumed for thousands of years. It is made from tea, sugar, a SCOBY and starter (finished kombucha) from a previous batch.

SCOBY is an acronym which stands for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. In short, it’s beneficial bacteria and yeasts that work synergistically together to produce a certain type of ferment. Kombucha is brewed (or fermented) over a course of 7-31 days. The final product is naturally carbonated, making this a fizzy and tasty drink.

Does it contain caffeine?

Yes! Caffeine is essential for brewing kombucha, yet most of the caffeine is metabolized in the fermentation process leaving you with a smaller fraction than what was started with.

Does it contain alcohol?

Kombucha contains trace amounts of alcohol, between .03-.05%, which is less than fresh squeezed orange juice or a ripe banana.

A list of health benefits from drinking kombucha:

•Promotes disease prevention
•Supports a healthy gut
•May improve mental health
•Protects the lungs
•Helps manage diabetes
•Beneficial for the cardiovascular system
•Helps maintain a healthy liver

*taken from nessalla.com