Status decision of controlled and non-controlled substance(S)

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Health Canada

Santé Canada



Substance: 11Kava

Based on the current information available to the Office of Controlled Substances, it appears that the above substance is:
Controlled ☐

Not Controlled X

under the schedules of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) for the following reason(s):

  • 1The substance is a plant which does not contain any substances that are structurally similar to any of those included in the Schedules to the CDSA.

Prepared by: _______________________________________ Date: _______________

Vincent Marleau

Verified by: _______________________________________ Date: ________________

Manager, NCED, OCS

Approved by: _______________________________________ Date: ________________


This status was requested by: “third party information removed as per agreement with applicant”, member of public

Drug Status Report

Drug: 1 Kava
1Drug Name Status: 1 Kava is the common name.
Chemical Name: Piper methysticum
Other Names: Kava-kava; Kava kava; Yaquona; Awaj; Grog; Awa; Ava; Yagona; Kawa kawa; Kew; Sakau; Tonga; Yangona; Intoxicating Pepper.
Chemical structure:

Molecular Formula: N/A1 1CAS-RN: N/A


Pharmacological class / Application: Plant

International status:

US: 1 A document was produced on Kava in 2013 and the substance is not controlled to the US Controlled Substances Act1.

United Nations: The substance is not listed on the Yellow List - List of Narcotic Drugs under International Control, the Green List - List of Psychotropic Substances under International Control, nor the Red List - List of Precursors and Chemicals Frequently Used in the Illicit Manufacture of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances under International Control.

Canadian Status: 11 Kava is not listed in the Schedules to the CDSA. 1The substance is a plant extract commonly consumed as an intoxicating beverage in the South Pacific2, and in Canada is a licensed natural health product3. Kava does not contain any substances structurally similar to those listed in the Schedules to the CDSA.

Recommendation: 1 Kava is not included in the Schedules to the CDSA and is not a controlled substance.
Date: February 24th, 2014.

1 Drug Enforcement Administration. (2013). Kava. Retrieved February 24, 2014, from

2 Whitton, P.A. et al. (2003) Kava lactones and the kava-kava controversy. Phytochemistry; 64:673-679.

3 Health Canada. (2014). Licensed Natural Health Products Database: Piper methysticum. Retrieved February 24, 2014. from

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