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  • This is Your Brain on Kava: The Chemistry of Tranquility Have you ever wondered why drinking leaves you feeling less anxious?  Or why your sleep has improved since you starting using kava?  Psychoactive substances interact chemically with the brain in complex

  • The Kava Culture of Samoa In the central South Pacific, there is a group of islands known as Samoa, comprised of two countries, American Samoa, and the Independent State of Samoa.  It is in these islands that a unique culture surrounding

  • The medicinal and recreational drink known and loved as kava has been nurtured within a wide range of traditional cultures in the Pacific Ocean.  One of these is Micronesia, a vast archipelago of 2,100 islands covering over a thousand square

  • Religion and psychoactive substances, in the minds of most Westerners, do not belong in the same sentence.  The closest most Westerners come to making that connection is drinking a small swig of wine during the Catholic mass with a thin,

  • When you think of Hawaii, what immediately comes to mind?  Coconuts?  Palm trees?  Outsiders to Hawaii most often think of this group of islands as a tourist destination, not a rich traditional culture.  So tourists to Hawaii hole up in

  • Hawaii, like many Polynesian islands, has a long history of using kava—traditionally called “awa” by the native population. This state is home to several strains that even seasoned kava drinkers may not be aware of but are worth exploring. Hawaii

  • Americans are well acquainted with beer, but that can of Budweiser you’re drinking right now probably doesn’t have its traditional uses—or legends.  But there is an archipelago, called Tonga, in the South Pacific with a traditional drink called kava—it means

  • The traditional Polynesian drink known as kava is thought to have originated either in Papua New Guinea or the Vanuatu archipelago over three thousand years ago.  But today, many other Polynesian cultures have taken root. Now it is consumed all

  • Have you ever wondered where that shell of kava in your hand originally came from? There is one small island in the South Pacific with a unique culture that can rightfully claim kava as its own: Vanuatu.  Where Is Vanuatu? East

  • America’s military servicemen and women come back from combat with a range of issues, from PTSD to chronic pain and mental health problems.  Many of them are researching alternative modalities to treat these conditions since psychiatric meds do not always

  • When people think of “bar” and “nightlife,” alcohol, and all its positives—and negatives—immediately come to mind.  For all its delights, alcohol also brings hangovers, drunk texts, fist fights and the inability to remember the name of the girl you woke

  • Opioid Alternative Pain Management Every year, thousands of Americans succumb to the horrors of opioid addiction, and thousands more die of overdoses.  Through no fault of their own, many in severe pain become addicted to opioid pain killers after being diagnosed

  • The Low Down on CBD: What You Need to Know With the legalization of both recreational and medicinal marijuana spreading like weeds, CBD has become the latest health craze for its various benefits.  Before using CBD, however it is important to

  • Hi there! My name is Matt, Founder and Owner of Ohana Kava Bar. I have been a tea lover since I was a teenager. I have been fascinated with teas for many years. Now, most people only think of camellia

  • What Athletes Need to Know About Kava Have you ever wondered about non-traditional remedies for those sore post-workout muscles?  Do you need a good night’s sleep before the morning of your 5k race?  Well, you’re in luck.  Kava kava is a

  • Stressed out?  Kava is like taking a vacation to Fiji in liquid form. Surf boards and coconuts aren’t the only things that the South Pacific islands export—there is a drink the islanders have used for over three thousand years that takes

  • Ohana Kava Bar has been slinging delicious Kava drinks and other healthy beverages in Colorado Springs since November 2015. Opening the first Kava Bar in Colorado Springs, our chill vibe and island atmosphere have been attracting customers to our downtown

  • Kava bars across the U.S. are popping up left and right. Just as other health drinks like kombucha and juice cleanses have gained in popularity over recent years, kava is no exception. If you have yet to realize the benefits