Up Side and Chill Pills

What is Up Side?

Up Side™ is a family-run kava company based in Brooklyn, NY. Find clear-headed calm in a mint with our Kava Chill Pills, an on-the-go solution for your stress relief needs.

Is your packaging recyclable?

Our tins are 100% recyclable.

Can I purchase Kava Chill Pills for my store?

Yes! Email sales@upsidekava.com to request a line sheet.

How will Chill Pills make me feel?

Chill Pills are mints infused with high-quality noble kava that impart a calming and mildly euphoric effect. A refreshing mint or lemon flavor complements the peppery palate and mouth-tingling effect of kava.

At first, you’ll feel a light numbing sensation on your tongue. Up to 30 minutes later, you may feel calmer and more relaxed with a mildly euphoric kick—and later, a bit drowsy.* Chill Pills are a non-addictive supplement that will not alter your perception of reality or make you feel "drunk" or "high" as alcohol or THC might.

How many Chill Pills should I take at once?

We recommend starting with one mint and eating up to four at a time. Find the dosage right for you. Avoid driving or operating heavy vehicles until you know how kava affects you.

What are your ingredients?

Our Chill Pills contain kava root extract, dextrate, cellulose, malic acid, citric acid, natural flavors, magnesium stearate, sucralose. You can also find our ingredient list on our product pages.

Chill Pills are vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.


What is kava?

Kava (Latin name Piper Methysticum) is a small shrub grown in Pacific Islands that belongs to the pepper family (what a family!). Traditionally, the root of the plant is ground and made into a drink consumed to induce a state of psychological and physiological relaxation. In some cultures, kava is used for both medicine and as an integral part of social traditions like weddings, funerals and royal events. 

People have been drinking kava root for centuries to help calm the mind and body and induce a sense of relaxation and euphoria. Some of the common uses for kava include:

  • Stress relief
  • Natural remedy for anxiety
  • Social alternative to alcohol
  • Natural sleep aid
  • Mood elevation
  • Help relieve muscle tension

How does kava work?

The calming effects of kava root are due to a combination of the main active ingredients in the plant known as kavalactones. Kavalactones act as a muscle relaxant, boost dopamine levels, and have a a range of mental and physical effects associated with calming, anxiety reduction, and mild euphoria.

Where is your kava from?

Our kava is sourced from small scale kava farmers in the Pacific Islands. We use high-quality, certified noble kava only—never tudei kava, a strain that is more potent but can have more negative side effects.

What is reverse tolerance?

Reverse tolerance is a phenomenon where you may need to consume more kava at first to feel the full effects and less kava as time goes on. Everybody is different. Some people may be able to feel the effects after their first few mints; for others, it may take more time.

Can I take medication with kava?

Please consult a physician if you’re taking other medication. Do not consume kava with alcohol.

Is kava safe?

If you’re researching kava for the first time, you likely came across blogs and articles postulating that kava consumption may be dangerous. The research behind these claims was done decades ago in Switzerland and Germany and led to a kava bans in many European countries. However, newer research has changed those original conclusions. Reviews of the original data revealed that the cases of liver toxicity, initially attributed to kava, actually occurred because participants were consuming additional substances (hard drugs) that negatively impact the liver, and (and this is key!) the participants were given parts of the plant not meant for consumption and known to be toxic.

As a result of the new research, the ban on consumption of kava was lifted in Germany in 2006, and has been lifted in other countries as well.

According to the National Library of Medicine, “based upon reported cases, the estimated frequency of clinically apparent liver injury due to kava is less than 1:1,000,000 daily doses.” That is incredibly low. And the long history of kava drinking supports this statement. Kava consumption has been an integral part of the cultural traditions of the Pacific Islands for over 1,000 years without any record of causing liver problems. For a good summation of kava research and current opinion, please email hi@upsidekava.com.


Where do you ship?

All orders placed on upsidekava.com can be shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and to APO/FPO boxes.

How much is shipping?

Standard shipping is FREE. Expedited shipping costs $10.

When will my order arrive?

We aim to ship within 3 business days. Once your order ships, you’ll receive an email with tracking information. If there are any unexpected delays, we’ll let you know.


What’s your return policy?

We accept all unopened product within 14 days of delivery. Email hi@upsidekava.com to get started.

My order arrived damaged. Help!

If your order arrives open or damaged, snap a picture and send it to hi@upsidekava.com with your order number in the subject line, and we’ll make it right.

Can I talk to someone about my order?

Sure! Send a note to hi@upsidekava.com with your order number in the subject line.

*Advisory: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Not recommended for children and pregnant or nursing women. Consult a physician if taking other medication.