A bowl of traditional kava

What is Kava?

Kava is a plant that is grown in the Pacific islands. Islanders have used it for centuries as a social beverage, ceremonial offering, and traditional medicine.

The Kava Root is ground down and made into a natural and non-alcoholic relaxing beverage.

Kava 101

The effects of kava

The islanders know kava to induce relaxation, reduce anxiety, and improve mood. It can also help you sleep, which is why we made Luna: kava-powered sleep. Kava is a popular supplement for people looking to enhance their sense of well-being and promote relaxation.


How Kava Works

The active ingredients in kava are called kavalactones. Kavalactones work by interacting with the brain to produce a calming effect. Kava also acts on the nervous system to produce a sense of relaxation. Kava is non-addictive and does not push you to an extreme as other substances, such as alcohol or THC; we like to describe Kava as “chill but not overkill.”

The kava root drink's calming effects come from a combination of the plant's active ingredients, kavalactones, which are the primary compound producing the effects kava is known for.

Kava is composed of 18 different kavalactones, with a majority of “experiences” coming from just six. Each variety has a different composition of these six kavalactones, which is why different varieties provide different relaxation effects. Some are more uplifting and great for daytime drinking. Other varieties are better for nighttime drinking and great as a sleep aid. At Leilo, we have done guess work for you, and all-products are expertly grown, harvested, and blended by islanders following their time-tested and cultural traditions to provide the ultimate kava experience.

We love Kava because it provides great relaxation effects without alcohol or addictive properties.

Where does kava come from?

Kava is native to the south pacific and is traditionally sourced from Fiji, and the Vanuatu islands along with cultivation in Tonga, Hawaii, and other tropical regions. The Kava plant has an extensive history, as the indigenous peoples have used the root for various purposes. Kava root was often chewed or ground up and made into a paste, which was then mixed with water to create a beverage.

Each island nation has its own origin myth for kava, with most agreeing that the powerful plant was bestowed upon its peoples by the gods. South Pacific explorers took the kava plant far and wide as they explored neighboring islands, leading to the abundance and variety of kava strains present today.

Kavalactones, the key compound in kava, aid in relaxing the brain and body as they are absorbed. Kava is known for its reverse tolerance – meaning one processes kavalactones faster and more efficiently with continued use over time.

Whereas other functional products are known to impair mental cognition, kava facilitates clear-headed calm. This allows consumers to appreciate its relaxing effects without concern for productivity or the morning after.

Leilo sources kava directly from Vanuatu, the world’s largest kava-exporting nation. All of our kava is lab-tested and processed in the USA before distribution.