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What is Kava?

Kava is a small shrub found in the pacific islands that has been used in social rituals, religious ceremonies, and for medicinal purposes for generations. Kavain and yangoni are the two active ingredients in kava, allowing for psychological and physiological relaxation after consumption. Kava has been known to induce a sense of calm and euphoria, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension.

The root and stems of the kava plant are made into a non-alcoholic, psychoactive beverage. Some of its medicinal benefits may include: relief for anxiety, sleep problems, PMS symptoms, stress, and muscle tension.  


Like coffee, kava is considered by many to be a nootropic – a substance that benefits cognitive function and has neuroprotective properties. (Kalm With Kava) However, it’s not a stimulant and unlike coffee is considered to be non-addictive. Its effect is often described as creating a sense of happiness or well-being (similar to coffee and alcohol in small amounts) paired with deep relaxation and clarity of mind.


How Do I Try Kava?

Here at Pause... we brew only the finest quality Noble Kava exported directly from the islands of Vanuatu. We make our kava in-house and in small batches daily to ensure freshness and consistency of product. Traditionally, Kava is served in shells and taken as a shot! We serve our kava in 4oz portions (single, double, or triple) in a tea cup or copper cup. Kava has a reverse tolerance so you may need to drink several shells the first time before you feel its effects. If you would like to try Kava, stop by Pause...and one of our knowledgable kavatenders will assist you!


What Is Kratom?

Kratom is in the same family as the coffee plant and is native to South East Asia. It has been used in traditional medicines for hundreds of years. 

Kratom provides a mild stimulant effect and is commonly used like coffee to boost energy and increase productivity. It is also believed to help with pain management, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. 

Kratom is a safe herbal supplement, NOT an opiate or synthetic drug. While kratom is not an opiate, it binds to the same receptor sites in the brain. Chocolate, coffee, and exercise hit these receptor sites in a similar fashion. 

How Can I Try It?

Here at Pause... we pride ourselves in our kratom brewing technique. All of our kratom on tap is brewed in-house. The plant matter is strained and the tea is flavored with natural fruit flavors and no added sugar. We carry a variety of kratom veins such as Green, White, Red, and now Gold Maeng Da. 

In addition to our kratom on tap, we also offer several other delicious and effective options, such as the Serendipity. 
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