Important (health) considerations about ceremonial Cacao:



SSRI antidepressants and anti-psychotics are not compatible with the MAOI's (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) in cacao. However, smaller dosis (up to 13grs) of Cacao can be taken while taking medication, or you can also just skip the medication on the day you drink it. It helps people to deal with depression or to get out of it as Pure Cacao is considered the Natural Antidepresant. In case of doubt always ask your doctor.


* Fasting: 

It is recommended (not mandatory) to not eat any meal between 3 to 4 hours previous to drinking ceremonial Cacao. You can drink water or tea without theine. Also no caffeine. This is advised for a better and deeper healing effect. It works much better on an empty stomach, but if you can't , then you can have also have a piece of fruit or a little snack before.

*Heart Rate:

Cacao will raise your heart rate slightly.  Be aware of this in case you have heart problems. If they are severe it is not adviced to drink Cacao at all. Always consult with your GP.


*Blood Pressure:

Cacao regulates blood pressure too.


*Other substances:

Cacao increases blood flow to the brain by 30-40%… so it amplifies  the effects of other substances. It is not adviced to take any other substances before, during, or right after your drink Cacao. Alcohol and Cacao also do not mix well and can be very contra productive.



It is not recommended to drink coffee at all on the day you intake ceremonial Cacao, but if you are a regular coffee drinker then 1 cup taken more than 6 hours before Cacao should be ok. Depending on the person, taking coffee on the day you drink Cacao may cause a rush up feeling, headache or anxiety. 


*Pregnant and nursing women:

Depending on the specific case, pregnant women are recommended to drink Cacao only between >3rd up to their <7th month of pregnancy in a lower dosis. Also women breastfeeding are adviced to drink reduced to lower dosis of Cacao. 

Always consult with your Doctor in case of doubt.



Children can also drink Cacao in smaller dosis but it depends on every child's reaction to it. Stay on the safe side and start by giving them only few seeds, or 2-4 grs in drink , increasing slowly and gradually. 



Cacao's main compound is the theobromine and can be dangerous not only to dogs and cats, but it is also a common intolerance for most mammals. From ferrets to pigs, to cats and poultry (parrots, horses , calves, chickens, ducks...). Accidental ingestion of large amounts of cacao or cacao-based products could result in toxicity, which can be fatal.



Thank you for taking this considerations seriously

before drinking or  joining any circle / ritual with ceremonial Cacao.