Yaqona

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yaqona

A Fijian drink made from the powdered root of piper methysticum (family Piperaceae); excessive drinking of it causes a state of hyperexcitability and a loss of power in the legs; chronic intoxication induces roughening of the skin and a state of debility.

See: methysticum.

Synonym: kava, yanggona.

Origin: Fijian name