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Kiwis could run out of Kava if China catches on

The traditional Pacific islands drink made from kava root could soon be unaffordable or off the menu in New Zealand entirely, as the brew attracts increasing attention from herbal healers.



The price per kilo of kava root has already risen, and as Al Jazeera reports, it could rise even further as China’s interest in the drink’s properties grows.

The drink is said to be good for insomnia, stress, depression, and other ailments, though not a lot of research has gone into the negative effects.