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Kavalactones are a class of lactone compounds found in the kava shrub.


At least eighteen different kavalactones have been identified to date, with methysticin being the first identified.[1] Synthetic analogues, such as ethysticin, also exist.[2]

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  1. Naumov, P., Dragull, K., Yoshioka, M., Tang, C.-S.; Ng, S. W. "Structural Characterization of Genuine (—)-Pipermethystine, (—)-Epoxypipermethystine, (+)-Dihydromethysticin and Yangonin from the Kava Plant (Piper methysticum)", Natural Product Communications(2008), 3(8) 1333—1336.
  2. Shulgin, A (1973). "The narcotic ppper - the chemistry and pharmacology of Piper methysticum and related species". Bull. Narc. 25 (59): 59–74. 

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