Citation: knuckledragger70. "Fresh Is Totally Different: An Experience with Kava (exp84747)". Erowid.org. May 9, 2018. erowid.org/exp/84747
I work in a job that does piss tests and with a few near misses, a coworker and I decided to explore Kava Kava. We tried the extracts, tinctures, and copious amounts of the powdered kava brew. In all cases it resulted in a possible body buzz, but possible placebo effect. Kava seemed to be a total waste of time and money. Then I went to Vanuatu.
In Vanuatu, the whole island is basically on kava all the time. It grows there and they are very proud of it. We were taken to a traditional kava bar, no women allowed. The Kava brew was served in half coconut shells and the same 2 or 3 shells were used by all 50-75 people at the gathering. The kava was scooped out of plastic tubs and it was free.
I drank a bowl quickly and immediately my whole mouth went numb, like a coke freeze. Also, the brew tasted a lot like dirt. After drinking the brew I salivated a lot which caused me to spit a lot. Actually all of the men at the gathering were spitting constantly. It was pretty nasty feeling the spittle spray my ankles constantly. There were a few little stands selling little bits of fruit or meat, but I was pretty nauseated, so I stayed away.
Now maybe 5 minutes in (and on a dare) I drank 2 more cups. It hit hard, like a strong disorienting body high, a lot like weed, but different in a way I couldn't explain. It lasted about 3 or 4 hours and during that period I was pretty social and had a few beers, I definitely wouldnt try to drive during the first hour, but after that it got much easier to deal with and I loosened into it. Slept well, felt like crap the next day, but that could have been the beer and dehydration. It is very hot in Vanuatu.
P.S. as I understand it the kava brew is prepared by the tribal women chewing on the kava root and then spitting into a bucket. Found that out later
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