If You uses kava-kava or has used it, or would be interested in trying it in the future could you explain why? Kava is a very interesting substance with a diverse array of effects that seems to have great potential for beneficial use, as well as seeming to be an excellent pairing with many other substances. I am interested in the reasons people use Kava, what success they have had with the substance, and any other comments they have about Kava-Kava in general. Here are some potential uses for piper methysticum... 1. Simple relaxation after a long day seems to be a big reason for people to use Kava. I haven't had enough experience with it yet (he has been messing around with various extracts as opposed to actual root so far) but he feels that Kava could be a good alternative to alcohol, opiates, cannabis, or other substances often used for this purpose as it doesn't have the same levels of side effects or addictiveness, not to mention that you can still function under its effects. 2. Also, I have been looking into Kava for academic related reasons. It calms him down and helps him to focus somewhat. An even better use for Kava in this context may be to combine it with stimulants commonly used to enhance productivity as it appears to have synergy with them and reduce many common negative side effects accredited to these stimulants. Anyone use Kava to enhance / assist productivity or other aids used for such purposes? 3. Kava also functions as an anxiolytic, helping to reduce levels of anxiety. It seems that people could possibly use piper methysticum as a natural self-treatment for anxiety related problems, maybe in conjunction with other substances that could be useful for such persons such as St. Johns Wort, Valerian, or Bacopa. I am interested in the experiences of individuals who use Kava for its anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects. Here are some studies relating to Kava and its potential use as an anxiolytic, as an alternative to Benzos or even as a supplement: A placebo-controlled study of Kava kava in generalized anxiety disorder Anxiolytic-like effects of Kava-Kava in the elevated plus maze test—a comparison with diazepam Efficacy of Kava-Kava in the Treatment of Non-Psychotic Anxiety, Following Pretreatment with Benzodiazepines Enhanced cognitive performance and cheerful mood by standardized extracts of Piper methysticum (Kava-kava) ( Unlike conventional benzodiazepine-type anxiolytics, which tend to impair cognitive performance and to increase the occurrence of negative affective states, Kava is a potent anxiolytic agent, which, additionally, can facilitate cognitive functioning and can increase positive affectivity related to exhilaration.) Extracts of kava (Piper methysticum) induce acute anxiolytic-like behavioral changes in mice Kava-kava and Anxiety: Growing Knowledge About the Efficacy and Safety ( Unlike other substances used for these purposes, kava-kava has been shown to have minimal negative effects, and possibly positive effects, on reaction time and cognitive processing. Furthermore, it decreases anxiety without the loss of mental acuity.) 4. Another potential use for Kava I see is in pairing with other substances to accentuate effects or pacify negative side effects. Kava along with stimulants has alot of exploration potential, especially within the realm of enhancing productivity and mental focus. Anecdotal reports also point towards the benefits of using Kava in conjunction with substances that can increase anxiety, leading to negative effects. Reports of mixing Kava with Salvia Divinorum are promising, with indications that Kava can help make for a more fulfilling and positive experience. I'd like to see more information on this, as well as mixing Kava with Adderall, DMT, other stimulants, other psychdelics and ethnos, etc. Anyone have experience with this or have Kava specifically to use in combinations? 5. There are probably other reasons why people would use Kava. If You uses Kava for a different purpose than any of those listed above please explain. So please let me know why You uses, has used, or wants to use Kava. Select the applicable options on the poll if You falls into the "uses" or "has used" category, and if You falls into the "wants to use" category simply post a reply and respond to the poll after trying and finding out whether piper methysticum meets your expectations.