This ancient superfood is abundant in essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, plus naturally occurring, consciousness-altering compounds that bring:
Energy: cacao stimulates the cardiovascular system – a full body high without the anxious buzz of caffeine
Clarity: cacao contains dopamine, the neurotransmitter that aids metal concentration, focus and the cultivation of positivity towards life
Enhanced mood: cacao stimulates the release of endorphins, which calm the body’s stress response, acting as a potent natural anti-depressant.
Bliss: the only food to contain anandamide, the ‘bliss molecule’ that activates the heart with the very same feelings that we experience through profound love making, becoming awash with orgasmic energy
Creativity: a beautiful partner for all manner of inner, outer and creative work, opening the channels for inspiration, expression and flow
Cacao has been used as a food and ceremonial aid for millennia.
Its earliest recorded use comes from The Olmec, a Mesoamerican civilisation based around the Gulf of Mexico around 2000 BCE.
A cacao creation myth tells how the great god Quetzalcoatl, a magnificent plumed serpent, stole the cacao tree from the Mountain of Sustenance and delivered it on the beam of the morning star as a gift to the people of Mexico. The cacao bean is also associated with Xochiquetzal, an Aztec fertility maiden goddess of love, beauty, crafts, childbirth and female sexual power.
What makes this cacao so special? These highly prized beans are harvested, fermented and dried without roasting to preserve the cacao’s full nutritional and medicinal properties. This fermentation process is unique to ceremonial cacao and activates certain compounds within the bean for maximum potency and pleasure!
The beans contain anandamide (the ‘bliss’ chemical), histamine, arginine (nature’s Viagra), phenylethylamine (PEA – the ‘love’ chemical), theobromine and dopamine.
Cacao is a beautiful partner for all manner of inner, outer and creative work, relaxing smooth muscle, stimulating the heart, enhancing mood and oxygenated blood flow to the brain and major organs without charging up the nervous system like caffeine.
Its native MAO inhibitors temporarily suspend the breakdown of potent neurotransmitters activated naturally in the brain before being released into the rest of the body. When we consume this precious food, we are quite literally getting high on our own supply!
Ceremonial grade cacao is incompatible with many antidepressants and some heart conditions – please check your medication before consuming! Remember to drink plenty of water after consuming ceremonial grade cacao.