As the global marketplace expands consumers’ spheres of awareness, new products and ingredients appear for more widespread consumption. In particular, waves of herbal supplements and remedies appear in America each year, coming out from local sources into the wider world. For many of these ingredients, there may be some significant health benefits, but little real change to the way a person behaves. However, in the case of kava, an herbal remedy may warrant a DUI violation.
Kava is plant grown in Western Pacific cultures that produces the effect of a sedative. With increased consumption and dosage, this may grow from a mild sense of relaxation into a full feeling of numbness. As a result of these effects, kava use can change a driver’s performance on the road, leading to law enforcement communities treating this herbal treatment like any other drug.
There are a few major ways of consuming the plant. For Westerners who can legally attain kava, these methods are generally reduced by what is marketable. For many Americans, this means that kava may appear in a supplement regimen or an occasional ingredient used to calm down and unwind after a day’s work. Although banned in some European countries, Americans are still legally permitted to use kava.
As this plant is often used in alternative medical treatments, it may seem confusing that it can be considered in a DUI charge. Confusion may arise over the use of this herbal treatment as a result, as it is both difficult to monitor the affects of the plant as well as know the legal boundaries of its use before driving.
DUI laws are created in such a way that the presence of a drug, let alone its effect on the driver, may be sufficient to press charges. To learn more about how alternative health treatments may work into this system, contact a DUI lawyer.