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What is “Traditional Use”?

The man who drinks kava is still a man, but the man who drinks liquors becomes a beast.
Traditional Hawaiian proverb

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Traditional use of kava means consumption of a drink made from the roots of the proper kava cultivar by water extraction.  We’ll discuss these two factors separately, beginning with “proper kava cultivar”:

Not all kava is alike. Several types of kava are defined by the Islanders, but the primary groups are “daily use” and “two day”.  Daily use kava is just as its name implies, a type of kava that is considered safe and desirable for daily use.  Two day kava is so named because it produces undesirable effects that last for two days, including acute nausea, lethargy, and a hangover similar to that caused by overuse of alcohol.  Though two day kava is sometimes used for ceremonial or medicinal purposes, daily use, or "noble" kava is the only type of kava consumed by Pacific Islanders on a routine basis.

Daily use kava is also referred to as “noble” kava.  This terminology originates in Vanuatu, where noble kava is the only kava legal to export. The term is often used by Westerners in reference to daily use kava from other islands.

"Noble" or "daily use" is the only type of kava recommended by True Kava

Water extraction is the traditional method of preparing kava.  This is accomplished by placing the ground kava root in a strainer bag and kneading it repeatedly in water, then discarding the residue.

Water extraction is the only method of kava preparation recommended by True Kava.

As so often happens when unfamiliar products are introduced into modern culture, many "kava" products are available that break all tradition of normal kava use.  Typical of this problem are the two day kavas and solvent extracts that are often offered by uninformed vendors.

True Kava strongly recommends that consumers avoid two day kava and all solvent extracts.