Made My Anxiety and Depression Much Worse
Kava
Citation:   Kathleen . "Made My Anxiety and Depression Much Worse: An Experience with Kava (exp99450)". Erowid.org. May 4, 2019. erowid.org/exp/99450

 
DOSE:
450 mg oral Kava (capsule)
BODY WEIGHT: 140 lb
Having heard so many wonderful things about using Kava Kava as a sleep aid and to help with anxiety and panic attacks I purchased a bottle of Kava Kava Root capsules (225 mg ea.) at a local herbal/health store.

I was basically hoping to find an over-the-counter, non-prescription herbal equivalent of Xanax. I love Xanax but I am uninsured and canít always get a prescription for it.

I bought the bottle of capsules on Saturday afternoon but decided to wait until Sunday evening to take it, since I always have trouble falling asleep on Sunday nights. I was really looking forward to trying Kava Kava Root and was hoping for a nice little legal high and for positive after effects after I woke up. So after dinner I took two capsules, or 450 mg, and washed them down with a tall glass of water.

After about 15 minutes I began to notice a nice little buzz. After 45 minutes I had my headphones on and was listening to music on my mp3 player, smoking a cigarette with a dumb, blissful smile on my face. It wasnít nearly as nice as a Xanax buzz but I was still willing to give it a chance and see how it made me feel.

About two hours after taking the two capsules I went to bed expecting to drop off into a peaceful sleep and maybe even have some lucid dreams. Unfortunately I soon began to experience racing thoughts and itchy skin.

Long story short I was up all night feeling incredibly anxious and irritable proceeded to spend the following day with itchy skin and a tired-and-want-to-sleep-but-canít feeling, incredibly depressed with my thoughts going about a thousand miles an hour and hating the whole world and everyone and everything in it.

I spent about $27 dollars on this stuff and very much regret it. But I guess you live and you learn and some lessons are going to literally cost.

Exp Year: 2013ExpID: 99450
Gender: Female 
Age at time of experience: 44
Published: May 4, 2019Views: 1,000
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