Why do people think kava causes liver toxicity?

Johann Forster, a naturalist aboard Captain James Cook’s Endeavor gave us Piper methysticum, kava’s scientific name. Piper is Latin for pepper and methysticum is Latinized Greek for intoxicating, making it intoxicating pepper.  Forster’s understanding gave kava the toxic image which was further made worse with the adamant belief of kava being a liquor by many […]