its used in many ways other than tea....i have alot of experience using the capsule form extract....one kind, was a concentrated resin (black, sappy, gooey stuff, just concentrated) it worked really well. it decreases anxiety a little bit at first, but it takes multiple dosing for the anti-anxiety effects to build up. i would take 2-3 200mg capsules, if i chewed them, the effects would come in a couple minutes. It has a very noticable numbing effect on the tongue, it is hard to taste food if you get the powder on your tongue. the most pronounced effects i noticed: huge decrease in social anxiety/tension. normally my SA would be at a 7 out of 10, Kava Kava lowered it to about a 2-3. also, mild euphoria is present, decreased appetite, music sounds better,....but beware, people may ask you if you are stoned. Kava strongly decreased my cognitive functioning....math was hard to do. i couldnt play piano in choir as well, my reflexes were slowed. its best described, as a combination of alcohol and weed, not as much euphoria, but still nice. also i need to mention, that i got mild to moderate nausea, if i took Kava on an empty stomach. you must eat before taking it.
the most important thing with taking Kava Kava is getting the right brand. Kavalactones are the active ingredients in Kava... if they arent in it, it wont do anything. many brands of nutritional supplements don't contain any active ingredients at all....this can be expected, because supplements are not regulated at all by the FDA or anyone else.
Kava extract/preparations containing material from the stems, and any portion other than the root, can cause liver damage. Chronic high dose use of Kava is not recommended...excessive users report getting a weird skin condition, and a worsening of skin complexion, yellowing of eyes, and other random stuff.
The brand i used was the kava capsules from www.WholeHealth.com
. i know these worked., and i am not dead, and i dont have liver damage (at least, i dont think i do) . always order Kava from a reputable source. otherwise, it will be uncoolriffic.