When the Australian government gave the green light for a two-year commercial kava pilot program in December last year, “the excitement was palpable,” Australia's Minister for International Development and Pacific, Senator Zed Seselja said.

The long-anticipated announcement followed an earlier decision to increase the amount of kava individuals could carry into the country (from 2kg to 4kg), and essentially ended a 15-year ban on the commercial importation of kava into Australia. 

That ban was the result of fall out from a controversial study in Germany, which linked kava in pharmaceutical . . .

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