Citation: SuperGroover. "Be patient: An Experience with Kava (exp11395)". Erowid.org. Aug 15, 2011. erowid.org/exp/11395
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I had been reading information and reports on Kava online for a while and finally broke down and decided it was worth a try.
I went to my local health food store and purchased a bottle of 60 kava extract pills, each pill containing 55mg kavalactone.
I had already tried ground kava root powder with no success, so I was hopeful with the extract. about 8pm on my day off from work I sat down and counted out ten pills thinking 550mg of the active kavalactones would be a pretty good dose. Down they went with some mountain dew and I was all set for it's effects. Around 9pm I felt nothing. I decided to take 5 more, only this time I chewed the capsules and held them in my mouth for a while. My mouth grew rather numb and I was hopeful this would speed my anticipated intoxication a little bit. 9:30, still nothing noticable. This is where I got stupid. Upset that I had just wasted my money and desperately seeking to feel *something*.
I started chewing down about 3 gel-caps every 5-10 minutes, washing my mouth out with ice cream between. I finished the entire bottle of 60 pills, equaling around 5500mg of kavalactone, which I believe is about 9 or 10 of the drinks served in Fiji. Nauseous and slightly groggy I decide to go to the store for some drinks! Before leaving I notice my heartbeat feels more rapid, and stronger. Checking my pulse, I read about 100bpm. 10 minutes later I recheck and measure 112bpm. another 15 minutes and I read back to 105bpm. Feeling sure that I am in no danger I rode off to the store on my bike! getting there I realise I rode way to fast. I'm out of breath and my heart feels like a jackhammer. I go to the nifty pulse rate meter in the supermarket and it reads off 125bpm and everything else is way too high but I figure it is just from the ride and leave with 2 sobe drinks. Coming home I look at the clock and see it is about 11pm now. Drink some sobe.... time for a smoke! I don't smoke much but I keep cigars for every now and then. I go sit in my favorite chair outside. Halfway through my cigar I realise I am getting very nausious. I stand up and my legs are extremely weak. I walk about 5 feet and can't hold it anymore and puke several times. Sitting down I try to compose myyself and end up puking a few more times. Go back inside and it is 12:30pm. Feeling very very groggy but not at all pleasent I go to bed and wake up feeling somewhat normal.
My message to all you out there: Don't be impatient with Kava! I was very stupid in consuming the whole bottle of pills. I have tried Kava again in moderate doses and each time it has better effect but I have learned that it usually takes a few goes before you feel anything great so don't give up or poison yourself trying to rush it! Good luck to anybody else who tries this out.
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