What you need to know about cacao for "ceremonial" use
What motivated us to promote cacao for "ceremonial and spiritual" use and why is it identified this way?
With the purity of cacao we want to spread the culinary and cultural traditions of Mesoamerica, bring to light the millenary traditions around this plant considered precious by the Mesoamerican peoples, to bring it back to the attention of people who are looking for unrefined, wholemeal, artisanal, simple and traceable and which are not exactly "fine" products or extremely processed chocolates.
The precise definition of ceremonial cacao has not yet been established; it is a pure cacao paste that recalls the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican drink (not chocolate, which contains sugar and undergoes other processes), produced with the intention of being used for purposes of spiritual introspection or as a functional food.
The cacao used to produce the paste must be traceable (that is, it must be known where and how it was grown precisely, it is not enough just to identify the country), ethical (that is, it must be well paid at the farm-gate) and processed using artisanal methods kind and slow on a small scale, and sustainable, in harmony with nature and the biodiversity of the place where it grows (not large plantations and monocultures where biodiversity is threatened).
Industrial cacao pastes were not created with the intention of being used for purposes of spiritual introspection or as natural medicine, since large-scale processing requires much more aggressive processes and raw materials of poor and low quality, often of dubious origin and with a high human cost. The energy of a cocoa is only high when it grows in a healthy, non-toxic environment and when the people who work there throughout the process feel connected to the plant.
Cacao paste can be produced in the place of origin or elsewhere, as long as there is transparency and traceability and deep values of connection with the territory of origin of the cocoa that are easily visible to anyone. A true connection with the territory makes ceremonial cocoa even more powerful.
Bliss chemicals (anandamide, dopamine, serotonin) - Possible answers to whether cocoa has positive effects on our mental and physical health.
Cocoa is a food that contains a molecule called anandamide, an endocannabinoid known for its wellness properties. Furthermore, cocoa also contains other important neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, phenylethylamine, serotonin and tryptophan, which our brain uses to regulate emotions. Tryptophan, present mainly in meat and fish, is one of the essential amino acids necessary to synthesize serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and sleep. Consuming pure cocoa can be an alternative to morning coffee or a healthy component of our daily diet.