Anthropological evidence suggests that Kava has been cultivated and consumed by humans for well over 3000 years . It is still used today by a wide range of Pacific societies for spiritual, medicinal, and recreational purposes. Kava is deeply integrated into the culture of these societies and and its use is surrounded with ritual when Kava is used for any purpose. The giving and receiving of the root is often involved in life passages such as weddings and funerals. As it is with many other psychoactive plants, the consumption of Kava is associated with the spirit world and is used to contact ancestors and for divination. The feelings of camaraderie that Kava drinking evokes have made it a symbol for peace and friendship in many island nations of the Pacific.