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Kava Kava
BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family :
Piperaceae
Genus :
Piper
Species :
methysticum
COMMON NAMES
Kava; Kawa; Awa; Waka; Lawena; Sakau; Yaqona
EFFECTS CLASSIFICATION
Depressant; Intoxicant
DESCRIPTION
Kava is a tropical evergreen shrub with large heart-shaped leaves and woody stems. Its thick roots are mashed or ground and made into a cold beverage used similarly to alcohol. It has a long history of ritual and recreational use in Pacific Polynesia and is now a common herbal product.
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