Are Kratom and Kava the Same Thing?
What is Kava?
Kava is made from the roots of the kava plant. The kava plant belongs to the pepper family, and its native to countries like Indonesia and Fiji. Kava is mostly made with water or coconut milk to create a mud-like drink that is most enjoyed at a kava bar or any social sober environment. In kava’s native countries, the drink is used most in ceremonial rituals. Kava is a social lubricant and can give the user relaxing qualities while keeping their head clear minded. Kava is also approved by the FDA as supplement limited to personal use.
What is Kratom?
Kratom is a plant that is related to the coffee family. Native to the Southeastern Asian countries, where locals chew on kratom leaves for energy and pain relief. Here in the states, kratom is sometimes brewed into a tea using water and acidity base (ie. lemon juice) as its main ingredients. People will also buy kratom in an extract or capsule form depending on their intended use and strength for the plant. Usually, it is easier for a consumer to take high doses of kratom in an extracted state. Kratom is used recreationally to promote a state of well-being, relaxation, and boost energy.
So, What’s the Difference?
The main differences are Kava and Kratom being two distinctly different plants from two completely different families. Kava’s benefits are extracted from its roots whereas Kratom’s main benefits are derived from its leaves. Kava is known for its benefits regarding anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Kratom is known for its benefits in the pain and stimulation sector. Kratom is also known for its mood-enhancing qualities that cause users to feel like they’re in a state of euphoria. Kava is approved by the FDA as a supplement for personal use whereas Kratom sits in a grey area regarding its FDA approval.