It’s been around for 100s of years they tell us. A ceremonial drink from the Pacific Islands that numbs the mouth and apparently relieves anxiety and insomnia. Called Kava Kava, or just Kava for short, the beverage has come wildly popular and has begun to move into more western markets, starting in Australia, New Zealand and New York.
Unfortunately, drinking lots of the somewhat sedative beverage may not be so good for one’s liver. Here
More on the Kava business from the BBC (you have to download the program, but it has a lot of insight about this rapidly growing lucrative industry and the bad effects on those who overindulge). Here