Class: Depressant/Depressant Like
- The psychoactive chemicals in this plant don't appear to cause tolerance/dependence, and thus can be used chronically. Anecdotal reports even suggest reverse tolerance. However, the half life is 9 hours, so the reported reverse tolerance might simply be due to dose stacking on following days.
- Many people have successfully treated their anxiety with kava.
- Kava kava also has potential as a sleep aid.
- The active chemical in kava kava can collect in the skin if used excessively. This can result in a dry/scaly rash (similar to that of b3 deficiency, but b3 supplementation does not solve this issue with kava). This will go away after ceasing kava consumption.
- hepatotoxicity. The leaves of the plant contain a chemical that is hepatotoxic (damaging to the liver), so the roots should be consumed rather than the leaves. However, it is best to be safe and supplement with some milk thistle extract or one of the many other substances which can protect and repair the liver.