Piper methysticum, or Kava Kava root, is a member of the pepper family and comes from a bush in the South Pacific. The root stock of Kava Kava Root is also used in parts of the Pacific at traditional social events as a relaxant. Piper methysticum also plays a large role in cultural and religious ceremonies of the Pacific because of its purported ability to allow a person achieve a "higher level of consciousness."
Warning: CAUTION: US FDA advises that a potential risk of rare, but severe, liver injury may be associated with Kava. Consult a health care practitioner before use, and if taking any medications. Discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur. Not for use by persons under 18 years of age, with alcoholic beverages, or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Excessive use, or use with products that cause drowsiness, may impair your ability to operate a vehicle or dangerous equipment.