Kratom & Kava


(Kava ordering link is at bottom of this page.)

By law, no medical claims can be made regarding kratom, so all benefits discussed below are anecdotal and based only on user responses!

At the cafe, we sell kratom in drinks for $5 and 1oz packs of powdered kratom and kava for $20.00. We ship the 1oz packs of red, green, maeng da and white strains for $24/each which includes S&H (see order link below).  Each pack is 12-20 servings that last 4-7 hours/each. Also, we overfill as our 1oz are 34-36grams not the standard 28grams.. At this time we are unable to ship Kratom products to Indiana, Wisconsin, Vermont, Arkansas, and Alabama.  (Now legal in Tennessee!)

Kratom 1oz $24.00 inc S&H


By law, no medical claims can be made regarding kratom, so all benefits discussed below are anecdotal and based only on user responses!

In April 2016, I introduced kratom, which has now become my best-selling item. It is the leaf of the kratom plant – dried and pulverized – that has been used for centuries in the Far East. Come in and try it if you feel guided. It is $5 for a good-tasting cup mixed with chocolate almond milk or orange juice or a $20 for a 1oz takeout which makes 12-20 drinks. Also we have great tasting kratom chocolate bars, and brownies. Kratom comes in four different strains (see info and chart below), each offering different assistance. Main drawbacks: upset stomach if you drink too much, red vein can make you drowsy, and, because it is so enjoyable, it can be habit-forming (but not addictive) like coffee, sugar, Facebook, Bob Marley’s music, etc.). See “To Consider” below.

Strains of Kratom:
Kratom is much more potent and versatile than kava. Its effects last 6-8 hours. It comes in 4 “strains” for various effects. RED – people say it is effective for pain killing, relaxation and help with insomnia; GREEN – people say it is effective for some pain killing, gentle stimulation, better concentration, and mood lifting; WHITE – people say it is effective for high energy, better productivity, alertness, and help with depression. Maeng Da (the working person’s kratom) – people say it is effective for major pain relief with productivity motivation and concentration qualities. All strains act as an appetite suppressant and mood elevators.

KRATOM – for many but not for all

Possible – but rare – Side Effects:
Kratom has few side effects in 3-5% of people and they are slight. Kratom can make you lightheaded and/or nauseous (sometimes for 2-3 hours) if you have an easily upset stomach, or are very sensitive to most substances, or have ever been a long-term user of benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, etc.), or live with bipolar disorder. If so, you might want to avoid it altogether or try it at home starting with a very low serving (half of a level teaspoon instead of one rounded teaspoon), adding half a level teaspoon every hour until you get the desired effect without nausea. In any case, best not to drive soon after trying it for the first time. In rare instances, it can cause liver problems so avoid if your liver is compromised. Though in centuries of use, mostly in the Far East, there are no known deaths caused by kratom, the FDA and DEA now say there are around 18 deaths per year where kratom was found in people’s system along with other toxic substances.

Habit-forming but not addictive:
Kratom is not physically addictive. It derives its power from naturally occurring plant compounds called alkaloids. These compounds interact benignly with cell receptors in the body to create healing soothing effects. They do not, however, damage these receptors or create negative opiate-like relationships/needs within the cells.However, like coffee, sugar, marijuana and other mind-altering plants it can be habit-forming.

Also, though not addictive, it is so pleasant it can EASILY become habit-forming like coffee, sugar, marijuana, etc. It is not expensive or toxic so it is easy to use daily and many do with no apparent problems. For the 15% of the population that have addictive personalities, it can be abused and misused and dosages can reach 20-40 grams a day instead of a safe 4-8. An uncomfortable – though not usually painful – withdrawal can occur for 2 to 3 days when coming off high doses.


You can prepare it any way that you find palatable – tea, in yogurt, oatmeal, in pudding, in coffee, in your mouth washed down with water (ugh!), in juice, etc. I use about three inches of chocolate almond milk or orange juice. The key is to get it in good suspension using a milk frother/whisker or shake it well in a small bottle. Stirring with a spoon will not work well.

Serving size:
Most people use a rounded or heaping teaspoon (2-3grams). Some need 6g for pain control. I recommend you try first a level teaspoon (1 gram) and give it an hour to see if you need more and how your stomach handles it. If you have an easily queasy stomach or are very sensitive to substances, go low serving size until you know

, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A long-awaited analysis by one of the world’s leading experts on drug abuse and addiction, Dr. Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., vice president of Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability at PinneyAssociates, concludes concludes that there is “insufficient evidence” for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to ban or otherwise restrict the coffee-like herb kratom under the Controlled Substances Act.  According to the comprehensive analysis, kratom has little potential for abuse and dependence – as low or lower than such widely used and unscheduled substances as “nutmeg, hops, St. John’s Wort, chamomile, guarana, and kola nut.”

“For both abuse potential and dependence liability, kratom’s profile is comparable to or lower than that of unscheduled substances such as caffeine, nicotine-containing smoking cessation products, dextromethorphan, and many antihistamines, antidepressants, and other substances sold directly to consumers.  Kratom’s profile also resembles that of various botanical dietary supplements such as chamomile, lavender, St. John’s Wort, kava, and hops. “




Kava is a relaxing tea made from the root of a pepper plant Piper methysticum. This ceremonial tea has been safely consumed by the people of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Hawaii for 3,000 years. In these locales, kava tea is more than a beverage, it’s an integral part of the culture. It is consumed at milestone events like weddings and funerals, and also during healing and religious ceremonies to achieve a “higher level of consciousness.” Kava is also used traditionally for treating a wide variety of ailments including asthma, fatigue, mood swings of menopause, urinary infections, medicinal effects as a sedative, muscle relaxant, pain reliever, diuretic, and as a remedy for anxiety, nervousness and insomnia.

Kava is still used today during traditional and informal social gatherings known as Kava Circles, a relaxing, ritualistic way to communally connect with others. It is also employed in governmental, tribal, cultural and religious ceremonies as well. In many cultures, a person’s ability to “hold their kava” for the duration of a Kava Ceremony directly equates to their level of power. Interestingly enough; Kava is often used as a safe alternative to alcohol!

Kava is used ceremoniously in the South Pacific to celebrate beginnings and endings, such as marriages, births and deaths. It is often used to honor a guest, to enhance communication, to help settle disputes and to assist in the sealing of business and political agreements.

Kava is also known by the names Awa, Ava, Ava Pepper, Kawa Awa, Kawa Kawa, Wati, Yogona, and Waka. The only part of the plant that is used (or should ever be used) is the rhizome (or root). Traditionally, the roots are crushed, mashed, often chewed, then milked and strained to make a mildly narcotic beverage that is comparable to popular cocktails in Western culture.


Kava for stress relief.
Any form of kava can help ease the mind and bring about a relaxing repose that lasts about 1-2 hours at a time. If you want something that acts fast, then making a cup of kava from powdered kava root and drinking it in a single gulp is one way. Or, simply taking 1-2 pea-sized amounts of Kavalactone Paste (55% or Full Spectrum) will do the trick. Instant Kava Mixes can be less potent and work more slowly. Capsules work the slowest and are the least noticeable if one is looking for the tangible relaxing effects, but they can be a great way to help support the easing of back pain.

Is kava safe?
The only safety issues regarding kava has to do with a few reports of kava’s effect on the liver. These have been shown to be flawed. In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration initiated a ban on the selling of kava supplements upon hearing about liver toxicity reports in Europe. In 2005, they conducted their own research and ultimately decided that kava was safe and lifted the ban in 2008. Even though kava was given the go-ahead for sale, all government-funded studies on kava were suspended.


Taking Kava Safely
Stress, anxiety and insomnia are at epidemic levels and kava offers a natural alternative to prescription anti-anxiety medications and sleeping pills which have significant side effects. Kava in the form of a supplement is not the same as traditional kava tea, so use common sense when taking a kava supplement. The American Botanical Council offers these common sense precautions:

  • Don’t use kava if you have liver problems.
  • Don’t take kava if you regularly use alcohol.
  • Don’t mix kava with any drug that adversely effects the liver — this includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications. You can check if kava has any known interaction with any medication in this drug interaction checker.
  • Don’t use kava for more than four weeks at a time.
  • Discontinue kava use if you develop signs of jaundice or hepatitis.
  • Don’t take kava with other anti-anxiety remedies such as 5-HTP, melatonin or St. John’s wort.
  • As with many other herbal remedies, kava’s safety has not been established for pregnant or nursing women.



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