This is the ideal result for Kava Kava. Noble varieties are sought after varieties of Kava, and the Vanuatu Noble variety is definitely one of the most coveted. It’s not true in all cases, but in most cases, the origin of a Kava sample can be traced back to an origin point. Here at Wonderland-Labs, we have “fingerprints” for a large variety of Kava from throughout the world. Just like human fingerprints, Kava has its own signature, even when it’s from the same area.
This is most definitely a Nobel variety of Kava, and most-likely has come from Vanuatu. How can we know this? The way that the Kavalactones “elute” is very unique for every variety of Kava. Slightly different times, different size peaks, and different “noise” surrounding the chromatogram (the visual picture of the lactone content of the Kava) give clues as to the identity of the Kava.
We have tested some strange products; from purported 30% Kavalactone Kava that was about 5% Kava, and 95% maltodextrin. We tested another powder that was given to us as Powdered Kava Root from Hawaii, but it turned out to have zero Kavalactones in it, and we identified the material as 10% Kava Root and about 90% Ashwagandha powder. And the list truly goes on.
Another clue as to the origin of this Kava is the Kavalactone lineup. Notice how this one is a solid 4-2-3 lineup. This occurs only in noble root, and this strong of a Kavalactone lineup indicates that this product is pure, and not adulterated with Tudei Kava. Tudei Kava isn’t necessarily “bad” Kava; it’s a faster growing variety of Kava, and in the 1990’s, when demand for Kava was reaching all-time highs, many short-sighted farmers replaced their weaker, slower-growing Kava with faster, stronger, Tudei Kava. Now, it’s a very popular adulterant to pure Noble Kava Root, and it’s actually getting more difficult to find Kava root that hasn’t been touched with some portion of Tudei Kava.
Tudei Kava typically has a Kavalactone lineup of 2-5-3. When it’s blended with a 4-2-3 variety, the resulting Kavalactone lineup ends up being a 2-4-3-5, with the “3” and the “5” only being a tiny fraction less than the “3” Kavalactone.
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