Cacao is the the base ingredient of chocolate before it is processed with sugar and dairy. It originates from the Andes mountains and was used by the Incas who considered it the “drink of the gods”. While cacao has a more bitter taste than most people are used to when eating sweetened chocolate, the benefits of consuming it in its raw form are tremendous. It’s rich in magnesium, iron, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. It has nearly four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas.
Compounds in cacao can lower blood pressure, enhance circulation, reduce plaque on artery walls, and improve digestion. Cacao enters your body through your endocannabinoid receptors, just like cannabis, and releases an array of “feel good” chemicals that physically improve your mood. One active ingredient in cacao is the mood improver, anandamide – known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria. Similarly, ingesting CBD is a great way to relieve anxiety, to relieve chronic pain, to reduce nausea, and many women also use it for menstrual relief.
Om Edibles founder Maya Elisabeth and legendary actress Whoopi Goldberg have perfected a recipe for “Savor”, a spread that combines the healing power of both CBD and ancient cacao. The cacao-based spread can spread on toast, used as a dip for fruit (my favorite is fuji apples with cacao), or mixed with a non-dairy milk alternative like hemp milk for a delicious treat. You want to avoid mixing cacao with dairy because when cacao is combined with dairy the antioxidant capabilities of the incredible superfood are inhibited.
Another benefit of cacao is that it’s an aphrodisiac. It also contains the compound PEA or phenylethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals. These often release naturally when we fall in love and during sexual activity. The only other food on earth that contains PEA is blue-green algae. If you’re looking for something stimulating and heart opening before going out for a night on the town or on that Tinder date, this is a great alternative to coffee and other stimulants.
|Dijon is a multi-faceted creator who loves all things California. He founded the global storytelling project SOULS of Society and plays music in Indigo Keys. He’s interested in using cannabis consciously to optimize creativity. You’re likely to find him drinking tea while immersed in the sonic universe of his Bose noise cancelling headphones.|