I've been drinking two shells a day for a few months now. Well, I use two aluballs for 250mls of water and do that twice so equivalent of 5-6 tablespoons. I've been in a better mood and it keeps me level headed, and I also like the mood boost. On the weekends I may get squirrely and have a third, but never go too far overboard. I have had no side effects not even dry skin. Wife is getting on to me about it and thinks i'm becoming addicted to it, which honestly, I am. I love kava! This stuff is wonderful! Anyways do i need to cut back?