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After 2 weeks of using kava...

Discussion in 'New Members Forum' started by Thomas2060, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. Thomas2060

    Thomas2060 New Member

    I'm not quite seeing what the fuss is about, but I also question if I'm having the fullest kava experience I can. I've been using the Kalm with Kava micronized Fiji Loa Waka. I drink it with pineapple mango juice, mixed well with a whisk.

    Every time I've tried it has been on an empty stomach (at least 5-6 hours since the last meal). The first night I tried it, I mixed in 1 tablespoon, and repeated this again 60 minutes later, and 60 minutes after that. I felt absolutely nothing.

    I know it's an adaptogen and it can take time for the body to respond. So I tried it again the next night, this time taking more like 1.5 tbsp with each drink. This time I definitely felt it. It felt like being moderately buzzed on alcohol...my body felt warm and buzzy, and I had a little involuntary grin on my face. It was quite nice and I enjoyed it, but this subsided relatively quickly to a crinkly-eyed tired feeling, and more doses did nothing to boost things.

    I've had it three more times. I'm feeling it every time, but not as intensely as that second night, although I'm upping the dosage and using less liquid, so in theory it should be hitting me harder. Within a few minutes of a second drink, things do intensify in quite a nice way. But this subsides pretty quickly, back to the disappointingly mild effects.

    So, I've had it 5 times now, and the 2nd was still the strongest, even though the 5th time I took 2.5 tbsp per drink.

    Obviously, people have different and better results than I'm having. Anyone have any comments or advice? Should I try a different strain or brand? I do prefer the micronized to messing with filters and such. Any comments appreciated.
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  2. schatz

    schatz itchin for kava

    Hang in there, you're coming along. I really like the Alubal, and highly recommend it while using medium grind. I find two balls does me fine after partaking for severeral years now and no increase in doseage, maybe even a decrease
  3. sɥɐʞɐs

    sɥɐʞɐs ‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ Review Maestro

    It's pretty common to have 'stand-out' experiences that are hard to repeat, even with increased dosage.
    2 TBSP per drink is good for micronized...especially if you drink 2-3 drinks (4-6 Tbsp) over the course of a couple hours.
    I'd suggest you buy some medium grind and practice making 8 Tbsp traditional prep batches...see how that hits you and adjust the root:water ratio and drinking time to your preference.
    You'll also have to experiment with different kavas, so find which varieties tend to hit you better.
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  4. Thomas2060

    Thomas2060 New Member

    Thanks for the feedback. I guess my concern is that even my 'stand-out' experience, while nice, wasn't THAT special. It just kind of left me wondering, is that as good as kava gets? If so, I'm not sure how much it's worth the effort to chase that high, since it hasn't been as good since.
    I will at least try another kava or two.
  5. schatz

    schatz itchin for kava

    Oh yes, keep going, it is worth it. Also highly recommend the Alubal, as it makes the experience so much easier to achieve.