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Is this normal for newbies?

Discussion in 'New Members Forum' started by plath, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. plath

    plath Professional Newbie

    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.
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  2. Krunʞy

    Krunʞy Somewhere else Admin

    Welcome to kavaforums, sometimes it takes people a little time to get acclimated to kava. just keep drinking it every day or night and it should catch up to you. :)

    It's very normal.
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  3. one month RT for me, and 4tbsp is my normal micro dose. you're good. keep going.
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  4. Intrepidus_dux

    Intrepidus_dux Kava Enthusiast

    You have a full plate like me! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! Do the micro, you may want to eventually try medium grind for a fuller effect.
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  5. sɥɐʞɐs

    sɥɐʞɐs ‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ Review Maestro

    I'll drink about 4 or 5 sometimes 6 Tbsp of micro, but I definitely feel it. Pushing too far can give me some nausea and gut discomfort, sometimes even in to the next day...but I think I'm just wired to be more sensitive to that. Lawena (root stump) is generally weaker, with less total % kavalactones. Sometimes it's preferable because it feels and tastes "lighter".
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  6. Aquafina

    Aquafina Member

    Plath, I had 2 months of RT. Also, I went from store bought stuff, then found this forum and medium grind, then on to micro, and have had a lot of ups and downs. It can take a while to work out, but stick with it, it's worth it! Homeschooling! God bless you! I've thought about it, and might yet with my youngest 2. Welcome!
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  7. plath

    plath Professional Newbie

    Thanks for all the encouragement and replies. I feel as though I’ve made a break through with my alcohol consumption, which is huge for me and I’m totally crediting kava. I’m definitely continuing with the kava. I took a break the past two nights and opened one of my favorite beers last night to drink and had no interest, which is simply unheard of for me. I couldn’t even finish it.
    Back to kava tonight.
  8. Krunkie McKrunkface

    Krunkie McKrunkface Kava Enthusiast

    yeah, that was part of the end stage of my transition. I went through about 2 or 3 weeks when I would come home, open a beer, and not drink it, just no interest after opening it. After that I wondered why the heck am I even bothering, especially as I would pour out the flat beer later? and then stopped. Never looked back
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  9. ThePiper

    ThePiper Kava Enthusiast

    Just keep doin what your doing. I can't really speak to cactus kava in terms of quality since i only tried them once. You May want to give one of the notoriously strong kavas a try to kick that RT into gear some more. Squanch, kava supreme, and nambawan come to mind.
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  10. plath

    plath Professional Newbie

    I’m pretty sure I finally broke through the reverse tolerance as I am pretty darn krunk right now...
  11. HeadHodge

    HeadHodge Kneads Kava

  12. HeadHodge

    HeadHodge Kneads Kava

    Kava Newbie Poster Child!
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  13. plath

    plath Professional Newbie

    I really don’t enjoy being a newbie, but I will claim it.
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  14. HeadHodge

    HeadHodge Kneads Kava

    Sorry, i meant "professional" newbie
    You sucessfully made it through the kava newbie maze in record breaking time!!
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  15. Krunʞy

    Krunʞy Somewhere else Admin

    No one does, specially when you figure out how magnificent kava really is.

    The journey is half the fun :) So enjoy it.

    Bula all. ::chugger::
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  16. Krunʞy

    Krunʞy Somewhere else Admin

    there you go, lol.
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  17. plath

    plath Professional Newbie

    Lol no harm no foul. I just hate not knowing what to expect. Does that mean I’m in the club now? Haha
  18. Krunʞy

    Krunʞy Somewhere else Admin

    You were from the moment you signed up. :)
    Kava brings us all together regardless of any other factors, may not work for all but most respond well.
    I love that about it..
  19. drylightning

    drylightning Member

    This gives me hope!
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