The Sad Truth about “True Kava”

True Kava is not a trustworthy source for ensuring safe Kava, or the purity of the Kava you purchase. Period.

On many online forums, people have been convinced to trust this inconsistent organization. True Kava often ignores vendors seeking testing and certification, and some vendors have even shut down their businesses because True Kava neglected to test their Kava or get back to the vendors with reliable results. True Kava has a flawed methodology that samples a tiny unrepresentative amount of a shipment of Kava but then “certifies” every bag a vendor sells. The reality of the Pacific is that Kava from multiple sources is aggregated and sold under one name. They “blanket” certify vendors, and refuse to provide certification to vendors who *in addition to selling Noble* sell properly-labeled Tudei. Also, a recent “True Kava certified” vendor received a large batch of non-Noble Kava. This Kava was thankfully caught because the vendor drank it and realized it was non-Noble. However, it could just have easily been stickered, shipped, and consumed with incorrect labeling – all in accordance with True Kava “regulations.” I have personally become ill from drinking a “TK certified” Kava (mold?) and that is only one of the few times Kava has ever made me feel sick! True Kava approved vendors are no more trustworthy than any other vendors, and their involvement in the True Kava consortium is, in my opinion, largely harmful to the Kava community and betrays a shocking naivete about Kava safety (hopefully they aren’t ONLY using TK to test the safety of their Kava!). The leadership at True Kava has repeatedly been extreme, non-cooperative, and dismissive of important questions about collusion, poaching, and bio-piracy.

The owner of True Kava has never visited a Kava farm, and owns a trumpet shop. His CV (which is on his website) betrays the fact that he has no credentials. Originally, he claimed that Tudei was “dangerous” and stoked fear in the Kava community. He has since retracted this inflammatory and industry-threatening discourse. He is associated with extremist sites like Kava Leaks, owned the deplorable and defamatory “Kavasewer” domain before it was shut down for slander and indecency, and on several occasions has insulted me for my PTSD. In other words, in addition to being an illegitimate and harmful organization, True Kava is managed by a resentful and unstable man. I would encourage customers and vendors alike to work with actual scientists (see Wonderland Labs) who are unbiased and responsive to all inquires.

Perhaps he should focus on his trumpets, and put his sticker-production to rest!

1 Comment

  1. To be fair, True Kava was created relatively recently. Much later than the government of Vanuatu decided to ban exports of tudei. The failure to enforce the ban prompted the grass-root creation of True Kava in order to detect inconsistencies with the Vanuatu Kava Act.
    I know you dismiss all Vanuatu legislation as product of colonializm and think all Vanuatu people are stupid because they listen to one group of “white people” rather than your group of white people, but this doesn’t change the fact that True Kava is just a small footnote in the larger story of South Pacific producer nations trying to establish quality standards and improve the quality of their exports

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