In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use kava kava for opiate withdrawal. Kava kava, also known simply as kava, is a plant that is native to the Western Pacific. Kava is widely consumed throughout Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia for its sedative (calming) and anesthetic (painkilling) properties.
Kava has the rare ability to induce relaxation while simultaneously improving mental clarity and cognitive function.
Cultures throughout the Pacific have a great respect for kava and hold it in the highest regard. In the picture above, young women in Somoa are preparing Kava in a “kava bowl”. These Pacific cultures frequently hold kava ceremonies, which often accompany important political, religious and social functions.
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How Kava Treats Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Many opiate abusers have used Kava for opiate withdrawal anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The active ingredients in kava are known as kavalactones.
These kavalactones induce effects similar to alcohol such as:
However, unlike alcohol, kava induces these effects while still maintaining mental clarity in the user.
The kavalactones in kava contain the following properties:
- Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety)
- Analgesic (painkilling)
- Muscle relaxing
- Anticonvulsant (anti-seizure)
The following pharmacological actions have been reported for kava and/or it’s main active ingredients:
- Potentiation of GABAA receptor activity – Leads to an increase in GABA (our natural Valium) levels in the brain. Promotes mental relaxation and restful sleep.
- Inhibits the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine – Leads to an increase in pleasure, euphoria, and concentration.
- Agonism of the CB1 receptor – Leads to very mild effects similar to those of THC, an active ingredient in marijuana.
Since kava has these diverse methods of action in the brain, using kava for opiate withdrawal can relieve a variety of symptoms, including:
- Sore muscles and aching limbs
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Health Concerns Regarding the Use of Kava
Despite all of the amazing benefits of kava, there is still a lingering myth that kava can cause liver toxicity from taking the recommended dosage for just a couple of months.
The following passage is quoted directly from the article Kava: The anti-anxiety herb is making a comeback, written by Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist on the Medical Advisory board of the Dr. OZ show that has conducted medicinal research in over 40 countries.
In 2001, Duke University Medical Center conducted two studies on kava extract. One study showed that kava is safe for the liver, causing no noticeable problems. The other study revealed that kava extract is as effective for the treatment of anxiety as the benzodiazepine class of drugs (Xanax, Valium), without the hazards caused by those medicines. Out of the blue, one week prior to the publication of the Duke studies, a European-based report declared, contrary to all previous known medical science, that kava had caused liver toxicity in 21 people.
Kava sales crashed, insurance companies panicked, European health regulators over-reacted and Pacific islanders were left with there pockets turned out. It took several years, and the dedicated efforts of many medical research teams to establish that the kava liver toxicity report was shoddy and baseless. But the damage to kava was done. To this day, despite absolutely no evidence of liver toxicity among kava drinkers, and despite liver safety demonstrated in medical studies, kava still carries the taint of concerns over liver toxicity.”
My Experience Using Kava
Though I never used kava for opiate withdrawal (I didn’t know about it several years ago), I recently used it for the first time to ease my neck tension. My dad is a Master Herbalist that has trained over 10,000 people in herbal medicine over the past three decades. Not too long ago, he let me inhale some blueberry flavored kava vapor oil out of his vaporizer.
Within minutes I was experiencing a euphoric, relaxing high that improved my focus and led to me becoming more talkative and social.
My neck tension instantly dissipated, and I quickly found myself in a great mood that lasted for about two hours. The next day I went to the health food store and bought some kava tea. I now drink kava tea once or twice a week to chill out and improve my mood naturally.
How to Use Kava for Opiate Withdrawal
Using kava for opiate withdrawal is very simple. You can use kava tea, kava capsules, kava tinctures, kava extracts etc. The ABSOLUTE BEST kava product I’ve ever tried is Top Extracts 70% Kavalactones Kava (Read review…). It’s a very reputable company with extremely high-quality products.
Best Way to Use Kava for Opiate Withdrawal
The strongest natural way to use kava for opiate withdrawal is to use an Opiate Withdrawal Supplement that contains this ingredient and more.
I highly recommend using an Opiate Withdrawal Supplement which may lead to the following natural benefits during opiate withdrawal:
- Calms the nervous system
- Enhances mood and euphoria
- Helps you fall and stay asleep
- Relaxes muscles
- Relieves pain
- Eases restlessness and restless legs
- Eases stomach discomfort
- Fights fatigue and gives you a natural energy boost that is relaxing
- Relieves anxiety
If you can afford it, I also highly recommend taking this awesome supplement, because the benefits are just too good to pass up.
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