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Kava and Driving

Kava, or kava kava, is a plant used in Western Pacific cultures as a sedative that has been more widely adopted as an herbal remedy. The popularity of this herbal ingredient is largely due to the plant's ability to produce a calming effect while not compromising a person's mental capacities. However, kava has also been cited in some DUI cases. As it can be difficult to understand how kava use can be measured in terms of intoxication when compared to alcohol, regular kava users should know and understand their legal rights.

To discuss your rights with an experienced attorney, contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm by calling 1-866-822-1230 today.

Methods of Using Kava

Kava is a legal substance for use and consumption in the United States. Although it is most popular among Pacific cultures in Polynesia, Micronesia, Australia, and other nearby areas, a wider, more globalized market has introduced this plant to American consumers. Americans typically use kava in the following ways:

  • Prepared in a drink, whether mixed in or made to a culture's traditions
  • As a part of an herbal supplement
  • In modern medication

Beyond causing users to enter into a state of relaxation and calmness, kava may also show significant changes to a person's ability to drive properly. Drivers may be charged with DUI if they are caught driving while using kava, as this drug is treated similarly to other medications and herbal treatments.

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The line between what is permissible and what is considered off-limits to drivers in the United States can prove difficult for some drivers. With some herbal supplements not considered potent enough to reasonably be attached to a DUI charge while others are considered clear grounds for a violation, it is easy to feel confused. To learn more about your rights following a DUI charge, contact the Seattle DUI attorneys of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm at 1-866-822-1230 today.

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