Kava Tolerance: Everything You Need to Know

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When drinking kava you will experience some effects. One of these is an adjustment to the amount of kava to experience the same level of relaxation. However, unlike other drinks kava has a rare reverse tolerance where over time you have to drink less and less to get the same effects.

When it comes to kava tolerance there are 3 things that you should know. First, the first time you drink kava you might not experience anything. Second, as you continue to drink kava you will require less and less to get the same effect. Third, it takes about a month for you to rebuild back up the kava tolerance after you finish drinking it.

It is important to understand the tolerance that you build up to kava. Many people try kava for the first time and wonder why they don’t feel anything. Well, the team here at Kava-Bula has put together this entire article to help answer that question for you.

Let’s jump right in ya; here is everything you need to know about kava tolerance.

The First Time You Drink Kava You Might Not Experience Anything

When people first try kava they often don’t feel anything. To them the kava drink is just bad tasting. However, this is normal. Kava is at its weakest the first time you try it. This is because of how kava works in the human body.

Most people think kava behaves like alchehol. That after you drink the kava it is aborbed into the body to give intoxecating effects. After a while, your body will process out the alcohol and you will go back to normal. Kava is almost the opposite of this.

You see kava needs to build up in your system to start taking effect. This is because the active element of the kava is a form of carbon that will begin to coat the cells of your body. Over time this coating is what causes people to experience the relaxing effects of kava. Simply put, it takes a couple of kava sessions before you start to feel anything.

Recently several academic studies have been taken to figure out why kava is so unique in how it acts with the human body. In 2021 the journal Natural Product Research published a study that discovered that kava protects the human body from high sugar levels by coating cells with the kavalactones present in kava.

All of this simply means one thing regarding kava tolerance. You will need to attend at least 2 or 3 kava sessions before you start to feel anything.

As You Continue to Drink Kava You Will Require Less and Less to Get the Same Effect

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This is one of the coolest things about kava. As you continue to drink it you will require less and less kava to get the same effect. This has been called reverse kava tolerance.

When you first start drinking kava you might have to drink 2-3 shells or around 18-30 oz of kava. This should get you a nice relaxing effect that will last for several hours.

After this, you might think that you would need to drink more kava to get a similar effect. However, this is the opposite. In reality you might only need to drink one or maybe two shells to get the effect a second time.

The next time you drink kava pay attention to how much kava it takes to relax you. The next time you go it will often decrease until you really only need one kava shell.

This kava reverse tolerance is the opposite of what most people think. As such it is important that you know how this effect works so that you don’t order too much kava thinking you need more or something.

It Takes Around a Month for Your Tolerance to Kava to Rebuild

After you lower your tolerance to kava it takes about a month of not drinking it for your tolerance to rebuild back to normal levels.

This is because of how kavalactones interact with your body. According to studies published in the journal of Drug Science, Policy and Law a 2019 study positioned the argument that kava’s impact upon the body can actually be beneficial as the kava would bind to the cells instead of harming them.

These positive effects on the body leave after a month of no kava use. This is because of the time it takes for your body to rebuild back up a tolerance to the kava and for it to leave your system.

If you stop drinking kava for a long time and then decide to get a shell don’t be surprised when the kava appears to have no effect on you. Everybody’s reaction is different but several of the team members here at Kava-Bula have noticed that after a prolonged time away from kava they need more to get the kava relaxing effect back.


That’s about it when it comes to everything you need to know about kava tolerance.

Most people will get into the nitty-gritty of this topic. However, all you need to know is that kava tolerance behaves in reverse to what people expect. As you drink more kava you will need less to get the same relaxing effect.



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