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The Benefits of Kava Root

Written By Ellese Symons May 5th 2022
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Most CBD brands offer the same basic products, meaning relatively few are keeping up with evolving consumer interests. As one of the most respected, innovative brands in our industry, we’re committed to meeting and exceeding expectations. As you browse your options at CBDistillery®, you’ll find an impressive selection of products featuring enhanced cannabinoid profiles and supplements selected to complement specific attributes of our full spectrum (and broad spectrum) hemp extracts, the products featured in our Synergy Collection.

The tinctures, gummies, drink mixes, and capsules in the Synergy Collection by CBDistillery® span four health and wellness categories. In Wellness Synergy, you’ll find three unique, vegan-friendly capsules. Two of those full spectrum products, our Functional Synergy Capsules, are made with enhanced levels of CBN (cannabinol), CBG (cannabigerol), and a selection of adaptogenic mushrooms. Our latest addition pairs our pure, potent hemp extract with kava root, a supplement with many potential benefits of its own. We think you’ll appreciate how each plant extract complements the effect of the other.

What Is Kava Root?

Kava (Piper Methysticum) is a plant native to the Western Pacific Region. The roots of the tall, shrub-like plant are typically harvested for their active plant elements, their kavalactones. Although kava plants produce 18 types of kavalactones, only six are believed to contribute to the soothing, relaxing effects kava root supplements are known for. The plant extract is often recommended for muscle tension, stress, and restful sleep. Although non-intoxicating, kava root extract can cause drowsiness in large amounts. 1,2

How Does Kava Root Benefit Health and Wellness?

The health and wellness potential of kava root is credited to the impact of its kavalactones on the central nervous system. Although most of the evidence supporting the use of kava is based on animal studies and a limited number of clinical trials, current research suggests considerable anxiolytic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties.3

Although you’ll find numerous sources suggesting kavalactones could be helpful for physical discomfort and immune system support, kava supplements are most often used to ease muscle tension, calm the impact of stress, and promote restful sleep. Its calming, relaxing effects are a direct result of the effect of kavalactones on serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, neurotransmitters linked to moods and emotional regulation, sleep cycles, stress responses, and more.4 Studies also show possible benefits for elevating moods, enhancing creativity, and improving focus.5

Kava Root Paired with Hemp-Derived CBD

As you investigate the many possible advantages of using kava root and hemp-derived CBD individually, you’re sure to find a list of benefits that seem to overlap. However, you’ll soon discover that kavalactones and cannabinoids, the active components in hemp extract, achieve those results in different ways. Kava root extract has a direct impact on the neurotransmitter levels in your brain. The cannabinoids in the oil extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of naturally cultivated hemp interact with the same receptors, plus the receptors of the regulatory system responsible for nearly every crucial function in your body, your endocannabinoid system (ECS).6,7

Based on the feedback of nearly 2000 CBD users, most people report favorable results using our hemp-derived CBD tinctures, topicals, softgels, and gummies for discomfort after physical activity, better sleep, and relaxation. Most of our survey respondents also tell us that CBD helps with mild or temporary anxiety and helps calm their minds. We paired our high-quality full spectrum hemp oil with kava root extract for its potential to enhance those reported benefits and help promote a sense of inner peace and tranquility.

Calm Synergy and Functional Synergy Capsules: Can I Mix and Match?

Yes, you can definitely switch product types as your needs change. In fact, most CBD users responding to our survey report achieving their best results using multiple products daily compared to the effects of using a single product on its own. If you’re interested in the combined effects of multiple CBD products, you may want to consider starting your day with a tincture, softgel, or gummy for overall ECS support, adding a Functional Synergy Capsule for focus as needed, or unwinding with a product formulated for rest and relaxation later in the day. The choice is yours.

Although the only way to know how you might feel using any combination of CBD products throughout the day is to try them, the following descriptions of our vegan-friendly Wellness Synergy capsules could help you decide which combination might be best suited to your needs.

Functional Synergy Focus Blend Mushroom Capsules

CBDistillery® Functional Synergy Focus Blend Mushroom Capsules feature the benefits of an enhanced cannabinoid profile plus a blend of adaptogenic mushroom supplements, ingredients selected to help enhance the focus-boosting potential of our hemp-derived CBD. Each capsule gives you 15mg of CBG, 15 mg of CBD, and 300mg each of lion’s mane and cordyceps, nutrient-rich fungi added for energy, endurance, and focus .8 We recommend 1-2 Focus Blend Capsules daily.

Functional Synergy Unwind Blend Mushroom Capsules

Our Functional Synergy Unwind Blend Mushroom Capsules give you the combined impact of our full spectrum CBD oil, CBN (cannabinol), and a selection of functional mushrooms often recommended for rest and relaxation, reishi and changa (300mg each). The combination of botanicals in this sleep-specific formula could be just what you need to decompress and unwind after a stressful day so you can get the rest you need for a better tomorrow. Each bottle gives you 30 capsules.

Calm Synergy Kava Root Capsules

The latest addition to our product line, our Calm Synergy Kava Root Capsules, are specifically formulated to help promote a sense of calm relaxation. As the CBD and many additional minor cannabinoids in our full-spectrum hemp extract help support ECS function, the kava root could help give you a feeling of next-level serenity. Each capsule gives you 30mg of CBD and 400mg of kava root extract (120mg kavalactones), an amount of each botanical that seems to work well for most people. Although we generally recommend 1-2 Calm Synergy Capsules per day, you’re free to alternate products according to your needs.

Does Kava Root Extract Have Side Effects?

Anything you put in or on your body has the potential to cause a reaction or side effects, including plant-sourced supplements. With that being said, you may find it helpful to know that the World Health Organization has determined the plant extracts pose an “acceptably low level” of risk. Although the most recent evidence shows that kava root extract is generally considered safe for most healthy adults, it may not be right for everyone. If you have a medical condition, take medication, or have questions about CBD products enhanced with kava root, please contact your health care provider. Hemp-derived cannabinoids and many other botanical ingredients, including kava root, can interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications.9

Make Calm Synergy Your New Favorite Product

Kavalactones seem to have a calming effect on the central nervous system, an impact also shown to contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing. The impact of pairing the kavalactones in kava root with our full spectrum hemp-derived cannabinoids could be just what you need to restore a sense of inner peace.

To learn more about ECS function or some of the many possible benefits of ECS support, visit CBDistillery® to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide. Then consider browsing the selection of products featured in our Synergy Collection. As always, every product we offer is third-party tested. You can verify our commitment to providing pure, potent products by viewing the third-party test results on our product pages or scanning the QR code printed on every label.


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