Kava, scientifically known as Piper methysticum, is a plant native to the Pacific Islands. It has been used for centuries in traditional ceremonies and social gatherings for its calming and relaxing effects. Kava is typically prepared by grinding the roots into a powder, which is then mixed with water to create a drink. The active compounds in kava, called kavalactones, interact with the brain's receptors, promoting a sense of tranquility and reducing anxiety. Kava is known for its ability to induce relaxation without causing drowsiness.