Hello Friends, My name is Nick I am an Okie from the great state of Oklahoma and am brand new to Kava. My first experience was with Tikaram's Tongan Kava which can be purchased on Amazon. I went through that first 8 oz bag in approximately 5 days and loved it. It had great effects from the very first cup and continued to be enjoyable all the way to the last. Upon running out, I quickly ordered up a lb of Kavafied's Kava Supreme with a slight let down. I had high hopes that the intensity and euphoria I got from the no-name brand Tikaram's would be bountifully more in a huge brand that created the AluBall, much to my chagrin it did not. While Kava Supreme is a good Kava in comparison and relaxing and calming I didn't get the peak I received with Tikaram's Tonga that literally made me at one point feel happy and one with the universe. My story is probably I am assuming of course like some here on this forum. I was an alcoholic drinking every night and once I quit I needed something to take the edge off at the end of the day and take the place of the drinks I would have on the weekends to just feel relaxed and happy. Kava has become that for me. I am so thankful to have found it and have the ability to not touch alcohol. At this point today I have actually be sober from alcohol for three weeks which is the longest I haven't had a drop since I can't remember. My reasons for joining this forum are probably also like a lot of others, I am searching for good Kavas to enjoy on a regular basis that won't break the bank and give me the calming satisfaction that I have found in the roots of this wonderful plant. Thanks for reading this whomever you may be and any help would be fantastically appreciated!