i have tried kava a few times over the years- mostly generic kava tea, but then using the actual unground root and attempting to brew it the traditional way, but with old stuff I bought years ago. I would get a numb mouth but not much with regards to a kava mellowness. Fast forward to now. I’m drinking too much alcohol and would like to change that. I suffer from anxiety and depression and have been using it to self medicate- coupled with four kids that I homeschool, I was drinking two strong beers or half a bottle of wine almost every night to decompress from my overwhelming and full day. It was becoming an unhealthy obsession. So I decided to try kava more in depth. I’m on day three of using micronized loa lawena from cactus kava and I’m not noticing a huge effect. I am starting to feel like a kava failure. The past two nights I have used about 4 TB in a few hours with very little noticeability, which as I understand is quite a bit for micro. However, I did read that cactus kava might be low in potency? I’m just now getting a mellow feeling after 4 TB. I’m using warm water to dissolve, and no food past lunch. Is this the reverse tolerance issue? Or am I just too close to have drank alcohol? I haven’t had any for three days, which is the longest I’ve gone in months :/ Is this too much kava for someone new to it? I did just purchase two different varieties from Bula to try them to compare, but was feeling a bit frustrated so thought I would make a post.