Citation: The Goblin. "Clear-Headed, Calm and Uplifting: An Experience with Kava (exp112785)". Erowid.org. Jan 16, 2019. erowid.org/exp/112785
My boyfriend bought some Kalm Kava, as he's always in search of something other than weed to chill him out around bedtime. I'm less into using random drugs from the internet than him, but I have Hawaiian friends who use Kava, so I felt safe giving it a try.
TL;DR I enjoyed the experience because it was very relaxing and uplifting, and wasn't "psychoactive," or terribly mind-altering. I will try a bigger dose next time.
Heated some water to 120 degrees F and put it in the blender with ~ 4 tbsp of Kava. Strained and kneaded it through a sieve. We tried cheesecloth, but it was a weird shape and didn't work. I added milk and honey to mine.
T +:00 - I poured myself 1/4 cup of the mixture, plus the milk and honey. I didn't drink it all at once because I wanted to test the waters. It tasted pretty good with the milk and honey, and the numbing of my tongue/throat wasn't as weird as I thought it would be.
T +:15 - I'm a little spacey and have a hard time following a conversation with my boyfriend because I keep forgetting what we were talking about (similar to weed, but less intense forgetfulness). I have a little tunnel vision, but it doesn't bother me. The skin on my hands starts to feel dry.
T +:30 - I've finally finished my first cup. On the negative side, I'm feeling minor chest tightness and shortness of breath, but I think that was the anxiety of trying a new substance. Chest tightness/fullness in my belly was also probably from gas because I was belching LOUDLY and A LOT. I have a head rush and my face feels hot, and my body temperate keeps swinging from hot to cold very rapidly. The dryness in my hands persists, and I start to feel dryness in my throat.
On the positive side, my boyfriend and I are laughing a lot, and I feel the need to have my arms around him at all times. We're usually anxious to get on to the next activity, but right now we're content to sit on our phones and chat casually. I feel a weird mixture of uneasiness and relaxation. I keep thinking it would be great to take a hot shower, but my butt is contentedly glued to the couch.
T +:50 - I took another gulp of the mixture because my anxiety about trying a new substance has subsided. I'm definitely feeling chilled out now.
T +1:20 - Had 2-3 more gulps since last time stamp. Now I'm less chill and more hyper, and I keep getting up to dance to the music on the radio. I finally feel motivated to get up and take my hot shower. After getting undressed, for some reason I randomly got involved in popping a cyst I've had for a year, which I was comfortable ignoring until now. I was focusing so hard on it that I forgot to breathe and got light-headed (this happens to me when coming up on weed, too). The shower wasn't as mind-blowing as I thought it would be, but it was refreshing.
T +2:10 - My mind is incredibly clear, I'm calm and energetic. I feel very motivated and empowered, like I would be able to handle any difficult situation that was thrown at me. I'm not tired at all even though it's after 10pm and I have work tomorrow, so I play some video games.
T +2:50 - My baseline anxieties creep back in, and I start to get sleepy.
T +3:30 - I go to bed, and it takes me about an hour to fall asleep because I'm still feeling kind of awake. (I'm usually the type of person who passes out at 10:30pm.) I'm calm, but not sleepy.
Next morning - I'm currently in my pre-menstrual phase, so usually waking up on a Monday I'd be extremely cranky, but today I feel calm, cheerful and motivated. I woke up way before my alarm and went on a 40-minute hike in 10-degree weather- definitely not typical of me. I just felt so strongly that I wanted to be outside and start my day with something active. Only weird thing is that I have a slightly annoying dry spot on my tongue... unsure if that's related to Kava use.
All in all it was a positive experience. Honestly I probably didn't take enough to get the effects people drink Kava for, but I'm sensitive and wanted to be careful.
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