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Sep 17, 2008 12:42 PM


A few years ago, some friends of mine returned from a vacation in Fiji, and described their experience with Kava as a legal, safe alternative to alcohol. After having read how there are Kava bars popping up in Florida and other places, I was wondering if there are any in Boston, or any places to purchase Kava. Cheers

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  1. Never heard of it being consumed in that context (or it being compared to alcohol!).

    I only know that there was a trend of popularity for its extract being sold in health stores. A former coworker used to take it to calm himself down, and swore by it.

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    1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

      My knowlege of Kava comes soley from the J.Maarten Troost book, "Getting Stoned with Savages." It's a good read and one that may make you think twice before seeking it out. Kava comes from chewing on leaves and then spitting out the "juice" into a bucket. It is then drank from a shell. I'm not sure that would market well here in the states, let alone Boston.

      1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

        yeah but don't they have ways to obtain the extract that don't involve someone else's saliva?

        1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

          Obviously, you don't need to consume it in this way. It makes an excellent tea, for example.

          I had several bowls of chilled kava drink when I was last in Hawaii and it was very nice.

      2. I'm from an area in Fl where there is a Kava bar- but I haven't seen any around here. I know you can order it from Fl though:

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