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Mixing Kava "strains" in the same day?

Discussion in 'New Members Forum' started by latexyankee, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. latexyankee

    latexyankee New Member

    Very new here, have 3 different "strains" [is that wht you guys call it?]

    Anyway is it appropriate to try one kind and later in the evening try another or does this mess with the profile of the kava's causing you to not really wholly experience what one has to offer?
  2. fait

    fait Position 5 Hard Support

    "Strains," "cultivars," "varieties," there's no definite right answer here. I say "cultivar" since other plants go with that term also (i.e apples, peaches, tea).

    As for mixing, mixing and matching is encouraged in case one particular variety doesn't quite cut it. It takes a bit to get a feel of the different kava cultivars but once you find you like heady, balanced, or heavy profiles, you can mix and match. They're the same species of plant, after all!
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  3. OwenShang

    OwenShang Member

    Hmm, fait has a point. It's all up to preference.
  4. Krunkie McKrunkface

    Krunkie McKrunkface Kava Enthusiast

    Mixing is great, I do every day. Usually people go from lighter and headier early on to heavier later on, but that’s no reason not to prefer the complete opposite. Keep trying, noting the times you preferred. Everyone has their own kava style, all good.
  5. Henry

    Henry . Moderator The Kava Society of New Zealand

    Cultivar = cultivated variety. I.e. the most accurate description. But whatever term you use, people will know what you mean
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  6. Zaphod

    Zaphod Kava Enthusiast

    Lots of people mix and match, but really only after they have a good idea of which kavas they like and which ones they deem as "heavy", "heady" or "balanced". Being new to the kava game I would recommend sticking with one per night for a while until you get the feel of it. That said experimenting with different strains, mixes, different prep methods are all part of the fun of kava.
  7. Pakavalolo

    Pakavalolo Member

    Man I love Mixing. I normally keep one heady and one heavy cultivar for day or nighttime use. I mix them for balanced effects and to get the full spectrum of kavalactones. Its nice being to alter the effects and taste and dial in what works best for you. Just try finding a few strains you like and combining them until you find the perfect combo.
  8. SelfBiasResistor

    SelfBiasResistor Persist for Resistance!

    Drinking a heavy cultivar before a heady will alter the experience of the 2nd session due to the heavy KLs still being active.

    Also, if you're buying kava from Vanuatu, Fiji or Tonga then you're most likely already consuming a blend. Most of what people are referring to as "strains" or cultivars are really just blends of random heady/heavy cultivars.
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