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Kava, natural alternative to Xanax, finds new markets – as wellness drink overseas and alternative to coffee for Fijian women – amid coronavirus

Once the preserve of men and consumed in ritualistic ceremonies by villagers and chiefs alike, Fijian traditional drink kava is attracting a new market as coronavirus restrictions prompt more women – and consumers overseas – to sample the mildly narcotic brew.Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is an essential part of South Pacific culture, used throughout the region for relaxation and stress relief.The root of the kava plant is ground, mixed with water and then strained to produce a gritty grey…

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