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What is Kava & Why Should You Drink It?

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 kava can bring into your everyday life, you may be wondering what kava is and why you should be drinking it.

What is kava?

Kava, or kava-kava, is a tropical root-based substance native to the South Pacific region. Used for centuries by native islanders for medicinal treatments and religious ceremonies, kava supplies a wide range of benefits. The substance is extracted from the root and transformed into a social drink popular to native islanders, similar to alcohol in Western societies. Based on research, kava is said to reduce anxiety, stress, pain, restlessness, and sleeping issues.

How does it work?

Kava root is extracted, made into a paste, mixed with water, and then strained to be consumed as a beverage. Often it is mixed with other delicious fruits like coconut or pineapple to lessen bitterness. Once ingested, active ingredients called kavalactones release their effects on the body.

Why you should drink kava?

We’re not telling you that you have to drink kava by any means, but we fully believe in the benefits it provides. If you’re over the “bar scene”, don’t drink alcohol or are looking for a more social atmosphere, Ohana Kava Bar could be for you. Take our customers word’s for it:

Sandra – “I went after a really long stressful day. Aside from you having to get used to the taste…I immediately felt my stress melt away. I had a kraken and a lemon drop shot. It really soothed my anxiety.”

Josh – Great atmosphere and the Kava sure helps you loosen up and relax.”

Brooks – “Tried Kava for the first time, and it was very relaxing! Ohana Kava Bar has a very laid back vibe, and the staff is always very friendly and welcoming.”

Scott – “I personally really enjoy the whole experience here. I get wonderful feeling of calmness from the moment I enter until I leave. Ohana kava bar is a great place to bring a date, study, play board games (which the selection exceeds my expectations), listen to music, or even just relax after a long day at work. The service here is friendly and laid back.”

Ohana Kava Bar was the first kava bar to open in Colorado Springs November of 2015. We focus on bringing the highest quality of kava extract sourced from the islands of Hawaii, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Samoa. If you’re looking for something different from the traditional bar scene, stop by and give us a try! Bulla!