Citation: PharmPhan. "Recreationally and as a Tool: An Experience with Kava & Tramadol (ID 63550)". Erowid.org. Jan 10, 2010. erowid.org/exp/63550
As a fairly experienced user of opiate and psudo-opiate pharms (codiene, ultram, lortab, dilaudid, fentanyl etc.) I didn't expect much from a natural herb such as kava kava. I have been a daily user of ultram for probably 5 years, taking as much as 1500mg/day or 25 50mg tabs.
Anyway, I ran out of ultram one day recently which for me can produce some fairly unpleasant withdrawl symptoms. After some research online I decided to give Kava a try for a supplement to help me deal with withdrawl. I went to the local healthfood store and picked up a bottle of 60 250mg 30% kavalactone tabs and popped 7 of them immediately.
I noticed no effects, but I also did not experience nearly the level of withdrawls I had in the past. Of course by the end of the day I had managed to get my hands on a script for the ultram So I had to try em together. I popped down 10 ultram and 15 kava tablets and within 30 minutes I felt great. The kava seemed to compliment the ultram buzz very nicely. I enjoy being functional, yet having a nice, euphoric feeling and state of mind. Very nice.
After taking the 30% kavakava tabs for a few days, I decided to go online and get some higher kavalactone content geltabs (84%) I believe, from what appeared to be a higher quality, more reputable kava farm. Today I took 25 of the 84% kava geltabs (no ultram yet), making sure to pop a couple in my mouth, which produced a nice numbing effect, and really didn't taste bad at all. Within 25 minutes I felt relaxed and calm, just a nice buzz to sit around and relax and be happy.
All in all I like kava, and when I am ready to quit tramadol all together I think it will be a great aid, and something any opiate addict should try both recreationally and as a tool. I guess theres good reason the pacific islanders have been using kava for thousands of years...Aloha! :)
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