For the best results avoid caffeine for up to 6 hours before consuming cacao, and avoid dairy as this slows down the absorption and counteract with the antioxidant properties in cacao. Fasting for 2-3 hours beforehand allows for the most optimal experience. While consuming cacao listen to your body, sip slowly, pause and feel into your bodies response. Notice and honour what is being communicated. Drink only as much as what is needed in that moment. After consuming cacao break the fast with whole, grounding foods such as vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and stews. Drink plenty of water as cacao is a natural diuretic and detoxifier. Avoid alcohol on the day of consumption. Integrate your experience with time outside in nature, journalling and taking it slowly and at your own pace.
Cacao is bitter
100% pure cacao is bitter. As with any bitter, too much can make you nauseous. Most drink less than 2 to 3 ounces (57 to 85 grams) of cacao a day. Over time, as your body attunes to the cacao, you may find that you need less cacao to feel the full effect. Less can be more. Pay attention to what your body is telling you.
Depending on dose, SSRI antidepressants and anti-psychotics are not compatible with the MAOI’s (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) in cacao. Low to average doses should be ok, people on higher doses should drink less cacao. Check with your doctor.
Our cacao will raise your heart rate slightly. If an increase in your heart rate could cause a medical problem, drink less and check with your doctor.
Many folks with low blood pressure find our cacao (low-caffeine) stabilizes their heart and helps them. Check with your doctor if you have any concerns.
Our cacao increases blood flow to the brain by 30-40%… so any other substances in your blood will be amplified.
The caffeine content of cacao varies widely amongst cacao varieties and cacao makers. Most find our cacao to have a very low, to no-caffeine feel.
Pregnant and nursing women
Most babies, in or out of the womb, do really well with mom consuming our cacao, and we know of many awesome ‘cacao children’. About 1oz (28gm) in the first 2 trimesters, about 2/3oz (20gm) dose in the last trimester. There are a few fetuses and breast-fed babies that do not like cacao… it is not a problem, but they will let you know so start easy and find what is right for you. We recommend 2/3oz (20gm) while breast feeding until it is clear how the infant reacts.
Real cacao contains compounds that can kill dogs, cats, parrots, and horses. Don’t let them eat it!