One of our most frequently asked questions is "does Ceremonial Grade Cacao contain caffeine?".
If you were to place Ceremonial Grade Cacao under a microscope, you may find a tiny, trace amount of caffeine. The active compound that creates a stimulating effect in Cacao is called Theobromine.
Theobromine is an alkaloid that has a similar structure to caffeine (it's classified in the same family as caffeine) but rather than being a nervous system stimulant (ie / coffee), it is a cardiovascular stimulant, hence why it is referred to as "heart medicine" !
Theobromine is also a vasodilator, increasing blood circulation and flow to the blood vessels and vascular system. This also improves absorption of other essential nutrients in cacao.
As mentioned above, Theobromine is a cardiac stimulant meaning that the "effects" are more calming, heart-opening and bliss inducing. Caffeine on the other hand, may cause you to feel nervous, anxious, jittery or "wired". A morning cup of Cacao is a wonderful replacement for your cup of coffee if you're hoping to nourish your nervous system and feel more embodied.
Whilst Ceremonial Grade Cacao is a poor source of caffeine, if you're just forming a relationship with this plant medicine, I'd recommend starting with a lower dosage (15-20g per serving) and consuming it before 12pm. For some, Cacao may be too stimulating before bed whilst for others, it creates a better night's sleep.
Listen to your intuition and do what works for you!
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