Why Different Kavas Have Different Effects - Kavalactones

March 14, 2019 1 Comment

Why Different Kavas Have Different Effects - Kavalactones

There are hundreds of kava varieties grown throughout the Pacific and every one of them produces its own unique drinking experience. Kava varieties differ in color, taste, aroma, strength, and effect.

Colors of the brew range from yellow to fifty shades of brown.

Tastes range on different notes of earthiness; pine, pepper, oak, grass, nut.

Strength is measured by the Kavalactone percentage present in the root. The typical KL ranges found in mature kava roots are between 5 -11%.

Effects are measured by the chemotype of a kava variety.  Kava chemotypes are the different makeup of chemicals we call kavalactones that produce the properties that we experience when drinking kava.  There are six main kavalactones present in kava root that we attribute to creating kavas effects.  The proportion of each Kavalactone present in a kava variety then determines what effects are more dominant than another. 




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Dave Mauro
Dave Mauro

March 21, 2019

Hey Kavafied— I’ve been drinking Supreme for quite some time, it’s funny that this was posted just a few days ago because the latest batch of Supreme seems to have drifted towards the heady side of the spectrum. Not a bad thing, but makes me curious, has there been any formula change or is it my imagination?

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