How are plant medicines different from modern pharmaceutical drugs?
Many legal drugs today come with serious costs like dependency, debilitating side effects, withdrawals and even worse.
So how can we treat or alleviate symptoms without poisoning our system and depleting our neurochemistry?
Joining me on the show is the perfect guest to talk to about this, it’s Cameron George, a.k.a. Kava Cam, a researcher, writer and entrepreneur who founded the company TRU KAVA.
Cameron has a unique perspective on how plant medicines like kava can boost mood, relieve anxiety and support the natural healing abilities of the body.
If you’ve ever had negative side effects from a prescription drug—hands up—this is the show for you.
We’re chatting about…
- Why Cameron went 12 days without food
- The psychological and medicinal benefits of kava
- The importance of honoring traditional preparations of plant medicines (instead of solvent extractions)
- Negative effects of commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals on brain chemistry and what to do about it
- And tons more…
Let’s go hang out with Cameron.
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Where To Find Cameron George
Yeah, so you can find everything at gettrukava.com. Be sure to check out the store, blog, learn about kava and more.
And Cameron was kind enough to put together this 15% discount code for Fat-Burning Man listeners: ABEL15
Abel: This was so fun. And we need it, we need some alternative, and we need it now, especially with all of the increased addiction and people going to alcohol and other substances they’ll need to get off. Kava is really great. Even if you’ve just had too much coffee.
Cameron: I’ve worked with almost every medicinal plant medicine in the ethnobotanical pharmacopoeia—all the adaptogens, the really strong psychedelics, the cannabises, the kratoms, and everything like that.
I can honestly say that I think Kava has the greatest therapeutic effect to drawback ratio of any medicine that I’ve come across.
It’s not the strongest one, but it has the best effect of like the strongest one that can be used pretty much regularly without hardly any side effects, if it’s sourced right, if you get the right strains.
So it’s just phenomenal for me, and that’s why it was such a calling to me, man.
Right on. Check out Cameron’s work and grab some Kava by heading over to gettrukava.com, and be sure to use code ABEL15 to save 15% off your purchase.
Before You Go…
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