Kava Extract (CO2)

(12 customer reviews)


Kava Extract (CO2), Piper methysticum

Bitter golden chunky nectar, a popular extract for social gatherings - CO2 extracted Kava Kava extract is super potent and caution should be warranted if taken internally.

  • Aphrodisiac
  • Anxiolytic
  • Euphoriant
  • Hypnotic (stress-induced insomnia)
  • Local anesthetic
  • Mood elevating
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Sedative (mild)
  • Social lubricant

Dr. Nick Notes

Native to the islands of the South Pacific, Hawaii, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) has been a prominent part of indigenous culture since before written history. Kava kava is a perennial shrub with smooth leaves shaped like hearts and a member of the pepper (piper) family. Traditionally, the roots are used and a group of compounds known as kavalactones are extracted into room temperature aqueous solution to make a beverage.

The effects can be described as mildly euphoric, with increased sociability and desire for conversation, preserved or enhanced mental clarity, and relaxation at lower doses while becoming sedating at higher doses. A hangover effect, visual disturbances, and insightfully vivid dreams have been reported with higher doses. If using Kava Extract for recreational purposes, moderation of dosing and respect for the sacrament, as well as thorough enjoyment of good company is recommended.

Kava Kava has been considered for anxiety, depression, or insomnia in small clinical studies; subjectively I find that Kava Kava extract lifts and heightens mood considerably, yet needs to be used sparingly and with intention. There is some concern over liver damage, although this concern is mostly preventable with conscious and sparing usage (see Tips for Safe Use below). Prized traditionally for spiritual worth, Kava is an ethnopharmacologic wonder of the world!

~ What Not to Do ~

As an experiment, I decided to consume far too much CO2 Kava Kava Extract to see what the side effects are so I can recommend what NOT to do for others. Using a pipette, I lapped up several mL at a time over the course of an hour and a half until I consumed what I estimate to be about 20 grams. At about 5 grams, I felt light as a feather, similar to a buzzy clear headed stupor absolutely elevated. As I pushed my dose, acute awareness shifted into lackadaisical dreaminess ~ my body got dry and I tasted like a kava factory. Walking around the house, I head off into bed where I flew into slumber very quickly (within ~1 - 1.5 hours)

Upon awaking 7 hours later, I stood up and walked toward my doorway and almost fell over - I was unable to walk straight and felt just as euphoric / "stoned" as the night before. I stumbled to shower, dress and get ready for the early morning Hawaiian Farmer's Market at Space, and took a nap after setup. There is definitely a right & wrong way to work with Kava extract. Toxicity is present with kava consumption at larger doses. The end of a toothpick is pleasurable (0.05 - .1 gram?) and I'll play with a favorable consumption range when my aversion to Kava disappears.

How to Use

This CO2 Kava Kava extract is potent and contains considerably higher amounts of kavalactones (60%) than traditional brews thus only small amounts are needed. Try a small dab (size of Q tip head) using a toothpick directly into the mouth for social gatherings or altered state of consciousness. May take in the evening or at bedtime to aid in sleep. A few dabs may be placed in a teapot of hot water if friends are partaking - some of the alkaloid content may be affected with hot water.

Tips for Safer Kava Use (minimizing potential for liver damage):

  • Kava extracts have been shown to cause liver damage in case reports although appears preventable with proper liver antioxidant capacity in the form of glutathione.
  • Foods known to support glutathione production include sulfur-rich foods such as garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress etc.)
  • Exercise facilitates glutathione production as well as decreases stress - an added and complementary benefit if using kava for stress or anxiety reduction.
  • Glutathione supplements are also available, although holistic lifestyle changes are encouraged as first-line options.
  • Avoid with alcohol use (prolonged prior to or concomitantly), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or other hepatotoxic drugs which can deplete glutathione and increase risk of liver injury. Avoid with pre-existing liver conditions.
  • Current illness, elderly age, and low physical activity are associated with glutathione deficiency, thus exercise caution of kava extract if this applies to you.
  • Not suggested for everyday use!

Notes: CO2 Extract
Origin: Vanuatu

Kavalactones (major): methysticin, dihydromethysticin, kavain, dihydrokavain, demethoxyyangonin, and yangonin

~ Kava Stoked on Life ~ 


  • Kilham C. Kava, an Ethnomedical Review. U-Mass Teaching Notes 2000-2005. 2006. Erowid.org/plants/kava/kava_article1.shtml
  • Sarris J, LaPorte E, Schweitzer I. Kava: a comprehensive review of efficacy, safety, and psychopharmacology. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2011 Jan;45(1):27-35. doi: 10.3109/00048674.2010.522554. Epub 2010 Nov 15.

12 reviews for Kava Extract (CO2)

  1. Nathan Shuster

    Nathan Shuster (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    usWashington, United States

    By far best kava extract I’ve found in 30yrs

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  2. Joshua Welker

    Been using for 4 years and I love this product. My only complaint it that I can’t seem to find it in stock on this website anymore!

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  3. Hannah

    Incredibly beautiful and exquisite feeling from this product. It’s helped me immensely and is smoother than other types of Kava-less harsh on my system and an overall cleaner feel.

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  4. Leif Hedendal

    Leif Hedendal (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    usCalifornia, United States

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  5. HAnnah Gresser

    HAnnah G. (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    usCalifornia, United States

    So good!

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  6. Alexandra Brann

    Alexandra Brann (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    usCalifornia, United States

    My amazing partner gray was the first to introduce me to kava kava specifically dr. Nicks co2 extracted kava kava and it has helped me so much from physical pain (from Heath issues and also general soreness) to depression and anxiety all the way to labido I mean wow best natural aphrodisiac out there! Anyway I’ve tried other kava products and nothing comes close to dr nicks c02 extracted version. Amazing product and from what I’ve heard made by an amazing person. I will be reorder this product every time I start to run low. And I appreciate the natural lavender essential oil gift I got too a lovely cherry on top. Thanks dr nick ♥️🤍🙏🏼

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  7. Sarah (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    usOregon, United States

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  8. Blessings (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    Such good vibes getting a package from Dr. Nick tastes and feels delicious thanks doc

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  9. Melissa Z. (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    usCalifornia, United States

    beautifully relaxing

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  10. Gemma D. (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    auNew South Wales, Australia

    Next level kava experience – I will never use another kava!

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  11. Arianna Wasserman (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    usMichigan, United States

    Love this Kava!

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  12. Melissa G. (Essential Oil Wizardry)

    I purchased this in place of Kava Kava essential oil which I was intending on using as an active aromatic in a blend I am working on. This product worked quite well. As I have plenty left over, I have tried its oral applications and am quite impressed. It is a great sleep aid in times of stress. Thanks!

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