Kava Root vs. CBD

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

When it comes to trying homeopathic treatments or social lubricants, there’s lots of options to choose from depending on the desired effect. Two of the most well-known plant-based remedies are CBD and Kava root. But which one is right for you? In this comparison guide, we’re putting Kava Root and CBD side-by-side to discuss their similar and different properties, and you can decide what's right for you.


As one of the first Kava bars in Mexico, selling only 100% organic and triple tested Kava for purity and safety, we know what we prefer!


Vanuatu Kava

Kava Root vs. CBD: How to consume 


Kava is a plant from the pepper family, known as piper methysticum, which translates to ‘intoxicating pepper’. The Kava root of the plant has been consumed by the people of the Pacific Islands for over 3,000 years for its medicinal and ceremonial properties. We serve our Kava Root as a tea in a traditional coconut shell cup in our Bula Tulum bar, and in powdered form for your safe consumption at home. 


CBD is a compound, or cannabinoid, found in the cannabis plant. Isolated CBD products have become a popular product only in recent times. CBD is typically consumed as an oil, in gummies or through a topical ointment. 


Kava Root vs. CBD: How they work in the body 


Kava root’s active ingredient is Kavalactones. These work directly on neurotransmitters in your brain, including the ‘happy hormones’ dopamine and serotonin, creating pleasantly mind-altering effects. 


CBD mimics functions within the endocannabinoid system which is responsible for balance within the body. CBD helps stimulate this system if it’s out of balance, creating beneficial physical and mental effects. 


Tongan Kava

Kava Root vs. CBD: Medicinal Properties


Both Kava Root and CBD have positive effects in the brain, notably inducing a calming, anxiety-relieving state. 


Kava Root can further encourage muscle relaxation and eventual sleepiness due to the root’s sedative and anesthetic properties. Kava imparts the user with a sense of contentment and serenity. CBD is utilized to aid more general health complaints, including inflammation, chronic pain and digestion issues. 


Kava Root vs. CBD: Social Applications


Whilst CBD is consumed as a health supplement, Kava root has the added bonus of being a social beverage as well as medicinal remedy! This is due to Kava root’s mind-altering effects, including a euphoric feeling and an initial talkative period. 


This makes Kava Root a fantastic alternative to alcohol in a social setting, which is why our customers in Tulum love drinking our Kava teas by the beach, amongst the Tulum nightlife, and exclaiming ‘Bula!’ with friends. 


We hope to share a cup of Kava with you soon in Bula Tulum! 



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