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Sweet Cloudberry Kava Tea

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Size: 1 Sachet
SKU: SAMPLE-SC-KATL-P025

The tropics in a teacup. We've paired Kava (coarse ground root and high quality extract) with the essence of Cloudberry fruit. What a treat! The most convenient way to enjoy fresh brewed Kava – easy to take and prepare anywhere! Smooth, delicious, expertly balanced, and versatile – a cupful (or shell full) can melt stress, cut through tension, and spark a creative day, or help the evening flow effortlessly.

Description

We've paired Kava (coarse ground root and high quality extract) with the essence of Cloudberry fruit, a delicate, rare and prized golden drupe of a delicate bramble from the rose family that thrives in the arctic wilderness, in shrubby bogs, alpine tundras and boreal forests underneath the Northern lights. We found that the singular, subtly sweet, full and rounded, softly spicy Cloudberry flavor pairs fantastically with the earthiness of Kava root.

For a mild mug, pour good hot water over the tea bag, use the included honey dipper to press and fully wet the tea bag, and let it steep for a few minutes, then pull the tea bag out with the dipper and enjoy! Want a stronger shell?  A few extra presses with the included honey dipper during steeping lets you fully “unlock” the lipophilic (fat-soluble) kavalactones, providing the smoothest onset, longer duration, and full potency the most seasoned purist would expect from a shell of ceremonial hand-wrung root-water extraction.


It has never been easier to prepare and enjoy Kava – as handy as brewing any other herbal tea. The essence of peace of mind, steeped with convenience!

Bask in the golden glow, and step into “Island time”.

Kava Tea Benefits and Uses

Kava root, also known as kava kava to indigenous tribes of the Pacific Islands, has historically been used in traditional ceremonies for its subtle psychotropic and euphoric properties. We have delivered a brand new way to enjoy a long-loved tradition.

Kava root contains kavalactones, which are the source of the plant’s ability to improve the body’s innate stress response, improve mood, and create feelings of enhanced sociability. While the exact mechanisms of action are not entirely understood by researchers, our high-quality Kava contains a wide variety of kavalactones, each with its own individual bioactivities, ranging from mild GABAergic enhancement and Glycine receptor modulation, to weak MAOI, dopamine boosting and norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting properties, to cannabinoid receptor affinity, to sodium and calcium channel modulation.

Kavalactones locked in; our delightful tea is formulated to provide a smooth blend, with only a stir needed before use. 

Liver-Friendly: The ‘Noble’ Difference

LiftMode’s Kava contains a carefully sourced Vanuatu-grown Kava extract made through a supercritical CO2 extraction of the dried roots of plants from the ‘noble’ variety. The selected roots of these ‘noble’ strains are known to contain lower amounts of flavokavains A and B, also known as “flavokawains”, which are different than the desired Kavalactones.

Rich and potent but light on the liver.

A special, careful extraction process further ensures the improved purity and safety of our extract. Every batch of our extract is subjected to independent, third-party analysis by a US-based laboratory to confirm a potent and robust profile of desirable, active kavalactones, and to confirm a content of less than 0.01% flavokavains.

The end result of this careful selection, processing and testing, is a ‘clean’ Kava product, lab verified to confirm the barest presence of any potentially liver-stressing components that nearly all lesser Kava extracts leave in – yet our extract preserves and makes bioavailable all the full spectrum of Kavalactone goodness borne by the source root!

Scientific Consensus

In the US, supplementing with Kava Kava is considered to be relatively safe when taken at the recommended serving size for short periods of time. However, there are some considerations for liver safety with regard to long-term use – especially when taken at larger serving sizes.

For more discussion on flavokavains, potential adverse effects, and the body of research surrounding the effects of Kava, please read our ‘Disclaimer & Other Info’ section on this page.

Kava Product Sustainability

To put you even more at ease, LiftMode Kava Tea does not come with a plastic spoon – we have chosen to include a sustainable wooden Honey Dipper instead.

Shipping Restrictions

Several countries do not permit the import of Kava products. We cannot ship Kava to the following countries: Any country located in the EU (except Poland), Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, or the United Kingdom.

Please ensure that your country has no import restrictions on Kava before attempting to import our products.

Instructions & Ingredients

As a dietary supplement, brew 1 serving up to 3 times per day, and drink with or without food. Do not consume the sachet; instead, steep and brew with 8 to 12 oz of cool to hot (but not boiling) water, for 5-10 minutes, with periodic stirring. When using cold water - or to yield a stronger brew with warm water - be sure to squeeze and knead the sachet a few times each couple of minutes with the included wooden honey dipper (each sachet can produce up to 2 cups this way). Please start with the lowest suggested single-serving quantity to assess response.

Supplement Facts
Serving size: 1 tbsp (7g) Servings per container: 1
Amount per serving % DV
Noble Kava Root (Medium Grind) Piper methysticum 5000mg
Noble Kava Root Extract Piper methysticum ≥30% Kavalactones, <0.1% Flavokavains 500mg
‡ Daily Value not established.

Where To Buy

LiftMode offers Sweet Cloudberry Kava Tea of the highest quality.

Disclaimer & Other Info

Kava Safety Research and Cautions

Due to confounding sources of information online, there are divergent views on the safety of Kava for the liver. There are two important factors to consider:

There are a few potentially liver-damaging phytochemicals present in the Kava plant, but their concentration is very strain-dependent, and larger concentrations of unwanted compounds are present in the above-ground leaves and stem – parts of the plant that are not traditionally used. If an unscrupulous extract is made from the whole plant, including above-ground portions, or with non-Noble Kava varietals such as "tudei" or wild Kava varieties, and especially if using harsh solvents such as ethanol or acetone, then potentially liver-stressing alkaloids and kavalactone derivatives such as flavokavains A and B (flavokawains) may be pulled out of the plant in substantial amounts and end up in the final product. Some studies exploring the effects of Kava on the liver have been based on the effects of these types of extracts.

There are also a variety of strains of Kava Kava. Some strains, such as the Tudei strains, contain higher amounts of flavokawains as well as heavy, longer-lasting kavalactones such as dihydromethysticin, hence can have a cumulative effect both in terms of their effects and their load on the liver. At the recommended serving size, this is still not typically an issue. Still, prolonged use, especially in conjunction with other aggravating factors such as alcohol use, paracetamol/acetaminophen use, or mold-derived toxins that may be present in poorly dried or handled Kava root, may, in conjunction, put enough strain on the liver of sensitive individuals to cause rare cases of serious hepatotoxicity. Conversely, the cultivars with favorable Kava chemotypes known as ‘Noble’ Kava Strains have a reduced concentration of flavokavains that put pressure on the liver, and a proportionately greater concentration of desirable kavalactones that studies show pose little to no risk for healthy individuals at the recommended consumption quantities.

We focus strongly on selecting only mature, noble Kava, as well as selecting Kava extracts designed to absolutely minimize flavokavain content, and maximize desirable kavalactone content through the use of only high-quality noble Vanuatu Kava root. Although high quality, properly prepared, and carefully extracted Kava - such as the Kava extract-based products we offer - is considered safe for use by healthy adults, we advise moderation and do not recommend using this product more than three days per week, or in amounts exceeding 12 servings per week at the recommended serving size. Furthermore, our Kava products should not be consumed with any alcohol or sedatives or prescription or over-the-counter medications - and users should avoid driving or using heavy machinery after consuming Kava products.

Potential side effects are rare, but may include:

Allergic reaction, dizziness, drowsiness, pupil dilatation, fatigue, low mood, skin problems including scaly or itchy skin (typically after prolonged heavy daily use), upset stomach, headaches, liver damage, impaired motor coordination, and visual disturbances. There is not enough data to say whether Kava extract is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women and, therefore, should be avoided. Please consult your healthcare provider before consuming Kava extract.

The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the FDA. The products on this page are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Regular price $3.86
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Scientifically Tailored Ingredients


  • Noble Vanuatu Kava Root (crushed)
  • Noble Vanuatu Kava Root Extract (30% Kavalactones / <0.01% Flavokawains)
Noble Vanuatu Kava Root (crushed)
Noble Vanuatu Kava Root (crushed)

Noble Vanuatu Kava Root (crushed)

100% Vanuatu-grown kava root

Noble Vanuatu Kava Root Extract (30% Kavalactones / <0.01% Flavokawains)
Noble Vanuatu Kava Root Extract (30% Kavalactones / <0.01% Flavokawains)

Noble Vanuatu Kava Root Extract (30% Kavalactones / <0.01% Flavokawains)

Our CO2 supercritical extracted Kavalactone concentrate, derived from Vanuatu-grown kava is standardized to ≥30+% Kavalactones, and has been verified to be produced solely from high-quality food grade roots, and has been independently tested for noble profile based on kavalactone chemotype. Special cultivars of the Kava plant have been propagated for ceremonial and social purposes across Polynesia over centuries dating back to prehistory, when the plant was first spread widely by the seafaring Lapita people to numerous far-flung islands of the Pacific Ocean. The root of the Kava plant continues to be used traditionally in Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, including Hawaii, Vanuatu, Melanesia, and some parts of Micronesia - where the root of the plant is macerated to yield a milky water-based emulsion of its active ingredients (the kavalactones) and consumed as a ceremonial drink, imbuing its users with a combination of prosocial, sedative, analgesic, and energizing / euphoric inebriating properties. In modern times, Kava is now also consumed internationally beyond its original Pacific Ocean cultural use, both in its traditional beverage form, and as a dietary supplement for its mood-uplifting yet relaxing and stress-easing properties. There are six major kavalactones occurring in the roots of the Kava plant, along with many minor kavalactones. The primary kavalactones comprise Kavain, Methysticin, and their dihydro counterparts (DHK and DHM), and Yangonin and its desmethoxy counterpart (DMY). A noble variety Kava plant typically takes 3-5 years to reach maturity, at which point the whole Kava plant is often harvested and the desirable root segments are selected for sun drying. Aerial parts or improperly dried roots have lower concentrations of kavalactones and may also contain hepatotoxic compounds - thus careful harvesting and drying of the plant and selection of only the desirable root parts is required to produce a safe, high-quality Kava extract. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if intoxicated on Kava. * Mood Booster * Stress Reduction * Pro-social Tonic * Cognitive Support

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