April 5, 2018

Addicts Find Relief in Kava

Four months into his sobriety, Cooper Lee was “white knuckling it.” But then he walked into MeloMelo, a quiet, down-tempo kava bar. Finally, he had found something that helped him relax.


Kava is a Polynesian root-brewed tea that has a calming quality. MeloMelo has become a space where people struggling with addiction can come for a calming cup of kava and a supporting community. However, science hasn’t weighed in on the potential benefits or adverse effects of kava… yet. Reporters Susie Neilson and Padmini Parthasarathy looked into it.


REPORTERS: Susie Neilson and Padmini Parthasarathy

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