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The stages of kava preferences

Discussion in 'Kava Lounge' started by Palmetto, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Palmetto

    Palmetto Thank God!

    When I first started drinking kava, my preconceptions were different from how I see it now. As far as my preferences for kava types, here are the stages I have gone through over time:

    1. Follow every review and examine them for what effects might bring the ultimate euphoria
    2. Look for the heaviest roots that produce couch lock
    3. Hangovers from heavy kavas, and a lack of euphoria/sleep produce an appreciation for balanced kavas

    I do appreciate a variety of kava, but I have found that I do not prefer highly heady nor highly heavy kavas. Even the heaviest of nobles are not something I want too often. Anyone else have similar experiences?
  2. Intrepidus_dux

    Intrepidus_dux Kava Enthusiast

    I feel my tastes have changed over time not due to handovers, but finding strains that have less dermo and farty gut impact. :D

    My experience has been the opposite where I wanted to try all kinds of different chemotypes of kava when I first started out a year ago, but now I’ve settled into one or two types that I seldom venture away from.
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  3. Palmetto

    Palmetto Thank God!

    Well what chemotypes are they?

    I have gone through stages where I felt most of the KLs were my favorite at one time or another, except DHM and yangonin. I can appreciate that they add something to the overall effect, but I'd rather not have either higher than the third place at most. And I probably don't need anything that is above 30% DHK.
  4. Intrepidus_dux

    Intrepidus_dux Kava Enthusiast

    The ones I do well with right now are the Squanch Waka (which is the main kava I use) and Lawena, GHK Mahakea, Dua Na Bilo.
    The most recent batch of Dua Ne Bilo was disappointing with the strength.

    The ones that almost always give me immediate dermo though I enjoy them are the Supreme, Melo Melo, and I can’t remember the last one in this moment. I don’t know the exact chemotypes of these kavas, although I’m sure they’re floating around on the forums somewhere.
  5. recentreturn

    recentreturn Kava Enthusiast

    I just want Kadavu!!!
  6. ThePiper

    ThePiper Kava Enthusiast

    Yeah I started out preferring heady, then got used to the heavier stuff, now heavies are starting to give me a hangover so looking for subtler heavy or balanced.
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  7. sɥɐʞɐs

    sɥɐʞɐs ‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ Review Maestro

    Balanced is best, but potency is crucial. A heady kava will feel balanced if potent enough.
  8. SelfBiasResistor

    SelfBiasResistor Persist for Resistance!

    This is what I was thinking. In past years a heady leaning kava would still be sedating at sufficient doses and most heavy kava still had a good amount of headiness to them. I would buy mostly heavy kava because I needed the sleep and muscle relaxation in addition to the strong kavain rush. The past couple of years it's usually one or the other and maybe 1/3 as strong.
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  9. Palmetto

    Palmetto Thank God!

    The obstacles to a good kava effect are:
    poor potency
    bloating / too much water, yet dehydrated
    diarrhea / DHM headaches

    If I had a ton of money and my own lab with chemists, I would make a bunch of extracts low in flavokawains. Each would favor a different chemotype / kavalactone. I would blend them at whim, but I would not keep anything high in DHM. Maybe that';s why I don't find melo melo so amazing.
  10. Intrepidus_dux

    Intrepidus_dux Kava Enthusiast

    I totally get bloated and dehydrated on occasion. You get diarrhea sometimes?! :wideyed:
    You poor thing. I wish I would get a little of that these days as I have the opposite problem from unrelated issues.

    Your imaginary lab sounds super cool. Melo melo gives me dermo near instantly. :unsure:
  11. SelfBiasResistor

    SelfBiasResistor Persist for Resistance!

    Are you saying you get actual diarrhea from some kava or referring to the urge to pass a bowel movement when drinking it?

    The lab sounds great. You could feel free to send some of that excess DHM my direction...
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