What makes Cacao Entheogenic?

What makes Cacao Entheogenic?

entheogenic (en″thē-ŏ-jen′ik) [Gr. entheos, possessed by a god + -genic]
1.
Hallucinogenic, psychedelic, or mind-altering. It applies esp. to drugs or plants employed in mystical, religious, or spiritual ceremonies.
Its Chemistry: Theobromine & Anandamide

Ceremonial Cacao is a superfood that is high in antioxidants, minerals and alkaloids. It has a high magnesium content that relaxes and nourishes the body. Cacao contains many special alkaloids that give it the stimulating and blissful effects that it is most known for. The two most important alkaloids in cacao are theobromine and anandamide. 



Theobromine

Theobromine is a compound that is very similar to caffeine in structure. In fact it is exactly the same as caffeine except the one difference that caffeine has three methyl groups while cacao only has two (1).

The extra methyl group in caffeine makes it easier for the compound to cross the blood brain barrier, making it more stimulating for the mind. This leads to the focus attention that caffeine is known for but can also cause anxiety and jitteriness.

Theobromine on the other hand is less able to cross the blood brain barrier which makes it more stimulating to the body. This gives theobromine pleasurable anxiety calming effects, spurred creativity and synergy with music.


Anandamide

Anandamide is also known as the bliss molecule. Anandamide is probably why people seem to love chocolate so much. It is an endocannabinoid and it binds to the same endocannabinoid receptors that THC in cannabis does (2). This provides a modulatory effect on the brain’s reward circuitry. Simply put, it makes you feel nice.

This powerful compound can then be used to put the brain in a space to be trained and motivated more easily. Be sure that you remember to create good vibes before drinking your cup of cacao so that you are giving your brain the best programming you can.

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