Kava 101


Among the islands of the south pacific, a plant known as kava is grown that has been made into a drink for thousands of years for many reasons.  Among those reasons were to relax, make peace with others, and even lose weight.  Traditional meetings to show respect to other groups or elders would often start with a kava ceremony prior to political discussions to promote a sense of unity and peace.  

"They say you can't hate when you're drinking kava."
-Tane Datta

The native islanders would prepare the drink by chewing on kava root and spitting into a bowl.  When the bowl was full, they would strain and consume it. Luckily, kava is consumed in far more hygienic ways these days. Kava root could be chewed as they've done for thousands of years, it can be ground down into a paste and strained, or as most kava today is found: cut into chips, dried, mixed with water, kneaded, and strained.


 A controversy in the kava industry is the usage of a subset of kava known as Tudei, Two-Day, or Isa. Tudei kava can lead to great amounts of nausea, and its effects can last up until the next day after consuming -- essentially a hangover without alcohol.

Cactus Kava never uses tudei kava. Each batch of kava is carefully lab-tested for any harmful bacteria or tudei kava. 100% Noble Kava, all the time.

The noble kava that Cactus Kava sells is the best kava on the market. We've hand selected the kavas from around the islands to bring the newcomer and kava veteran the best experience possible (without actually sitting on a beach in Fiji). All of our kavas are tested by TrueKava, a lab certified to give an accurate representation of the root you'll be consuming. They ensure we are held to the highest standards.

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