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What is Cacao?

Cacao pods are harvested from the Theobroma Cacao, or cacao tree, which can be found in South America, West Africa, and parts of Asia. If you have never experienced Cacao, it is helpful to know that it will not taste like your favorite hot cocoa. The texture and taste are very different, with Cacao having a more bitter taste. There is much debate around what defines Cacao vs. cocoa, but generally, anything labeled as Cacao will be less processed than those labeled as cocoa. Theobroma translates to "the food of the gods." Cacao is made from the raw beans from the Cacao tree that are fermented and then roasted.

It was also believed that the gods gifted Cacao to the people directly. The Mayans believed that Cacao was a key ingredient in restoring balance and connection to the divine. Cacao is one of the highest sources of magnesium in nature and is full of antioxidants. It has been known to lower chances of heart disease, reduce inflammation, and improve brain function.

What is a Cacao Ceremony?

A Cacao ceremony is a time in which a group of like minded souls come together with the intention of opening their hearts, connecting to God/Source/Universe, spending time in reflection, and connecting to one other. The Cacao is prepared through a mindful practice and then shared together. Partaking in Cacao has the potential to offer a deeper third-eye connection, as well as a very open heart chakra. Many experience a noticeable increase in their vibrational frequency and a very grounding peace, often offering more clarity.⁠

During my Cacao ceremonies, I use ceremonial-grade Cacao. This is not a certification; instead, it's more about the energy behind the preparation of the Cacao. This means the Cacao is grown in harmony with the land, and those who are involved with the harvesting, processing, packaging, and selling are within integrity, respect, and good intentions. The Cacao I use is 100% ceremonial-grade Cacao from Cacao Laboratory.


Common Questions


When I host cacao ceremonies I carefully measure the Cacao. Each person will get between 40-50 grams of Cacao. 


While theobromine is in the same family as caffeine, it’s much more gentle on the adrenal glands and nervous system. Cacao has low amounts of caffeine.


I do not add anything to my Cacao most of the time. If anything were to be added, it would be honey, cinnamon, or known spices, which I would share ahead of time.


While it is possible to experience a more open third eye when taking Cacao, it is not a psychedelic. Nor are any forms of psychedelics added to the Cacao.


Cacao is generally well tolerated when consumed in moderate amounts. If you consume up to 30 grams daily of Cacao, you may want to plan around your ceremony by decreasing your intake. Individuals currently taking any SSRI antidepressants, low blood pressure medication, or those undergoing chemotherapy treatment should not drink more than a 20 grams of Cacao.


During my ceremonies, once the Cacao is served, I say a little prayer of gratitude to Mother Gaia and the elements. Then, we usually spend about 20 minutes in conversation. During this time we will all enjoy our Cacao. Once it is well into our systems, I usually lead with a guided meditation. This is done to invite the third eye to open. 

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