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You should understand that every other sector and industry is largely dependent on this sector. For instance, aviation, tourism and hospitality, education, banking, manufacturing, and many other sectors recorded an all-time low because of the pandemic.
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One of the ways to go about this is making sure people get access to updated information about health and nutrition. This is because things change even in this sector. For more on this subject, you can visit: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2015/01/patient-safety-and-health-information-technology
Health information circulating about the safety of kava and other details about this plant needs to be updated. This is because there are many misconceptions about it based on inconclusive research in the past.
This is why this article intends to discuss some things people need to know about kava extract. You are strongly advised to keep reading as the information shared here will prove very helpful or informative at least.
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Some Misconceptions about Kava
Kava offers a world of benefits just as with many other plants. Unfortunately, many people that could benefit have not taken advantage because of wrong information. Some of these misconceptions especially because of inconclusive research in the past include the following:
It is as Bad as Alcohol
Straight away, you should know that this is not true. Although it shares some similarities with alcohol, it is not as bad as alcohol.
The first way to know this is by taking note of its effects on the body. Well, this is not something many people would know because they have been too swayed by false information to even try it. Let us start by seeing how they are similar.
The major similarity stems from the fact that they both are psychoactive. This simply means that they have chemical properties that can alter the mood of the consumer. However, taking them in the right proportion will control this possibility.
But asides from this, kava is a lot different from alcohol. It should even be considered an extract or beverage. This is because of how it works in the body.
As a depressant, alcohol interacts directly with the brain. This allows it to control functions such as vision, memory, movement, self-consciousness, speech, judgment, and motor function. Well, this is not the case with kava.
In the first place, it does not have direct interaction with the brain. Rather, it works with parts known as neurotransmitters. This is why it can only (positively) influence the reaction to stress in the body. As you can now see, this is not the case with alcohol and explains the major difference between both of them.
It Can Make People Hallucinate
There is no clinical basis for this statement and so you should not take it seriously. Although it has psychoactive tendencies as pointed out above, you cannot hallucinate simply by taking kava. But where does this belief come from?
This belief is rooted in the culture of the natives of the Pacific Island. This is because this plant plays a symbolic role in their society. For instance, it is a symbol of unity as stressed in festivals, marriages, and many other events in their society. For more information about this, you can read this.
Some of the cultural beliefs attached to the use of kava that lacks clinical proof are what many people have sheepishly accepted. While it cannot make you hallucinate, it can help you achieve a feeling of peace, calm, and happiness. This is because of how it positively alters the mood and its impact on stress.
It Is Not Safe
People are fond of filling in information gaps when clinical research is inconclusive. This is especially when some incidents happen. For instance, the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine was wildly reported to be harmful after a few incidents.
Many people did not take out time to research and started jumping to conclusions. It took health regulatory bodies to clear the name of this vaccine from many people’s bad books.
Well, the case of kava is somewhat similar. Some incidents have occurred and many people have been too quick to label it a bad idea. Well, you need to get your facts straight.
On this note, you should know that kava is not unsafe. This is as long as it meets certain standards. It is for this reason you need to know what determines if it is safe for consumption.
Factors that Determine Whether Consuming Kava Is Safe
We have stressed that kava is safe above. However, some factors determine this, and here are some of them:
Source and Strain
You need to know the part of the plant where it is extracted. This is because extracts from certain parts of the plant are not ideal for consumption.
Extracts from the root are only what you should consume if you must have kava. So, make sure the product you get gives detailed information about the source and that it is the root.
Other than this, you need to understand that there are different strains of this extract. Some are good options while you should stay away from some.
You should especially avoid the tudei strain as consuming it is not a good idea. On the other hand, the noble strain is the best option. This is even why extracts from the roots are better as they have a rich amount of this strain.
These extracts go through many processes before they end up with you. You should also consider the fact that many of them are imported into the country.
As a result, all the processes it goes through must be in line with health safety standards. This is so that you do not end up with something contaminated and toxic.
Interaction with Other Drugs
You need to make sure using kava is ideal before you do. This is because even as safe as it is, it does not interact well with some drugs in the body. So, make sure using this beneficial extract is the right thing to do when you do.
Users are strongly advised to use this extract responsibly. The best thing is to have a medical practitioner prescribe how much should be used. Other than this, you should consult the information provided by the manufacturers as a guide.
You can be certain that the safety of kava is guaranteed as long as you take all the factors above into consideration. So, do not take them for granted.
We have taken the time to clear several misconceptions about kava extract. Now you know that using this plant is beneficial but several things have to be in place. We suggest that you make informed decisions by putting the information shared here to good use.