Psychedelic Chocolate - Theobroma cacao as an entheogen
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|When||Tue 30th Jun 2020, 7pm – 9pm UK time (UTC +01:00)|
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Most people think of chocolate as a sweet treat, but there is a growing movement of “Cacao ceremonies” and “Cacao parties”, using Cacao as a psychoactive and ritual centrepiece. The tree Theobroma cacao, the source of the cocoa bean, has an ancient and venerable place in Mesoamerican mythology, and Cacao may have been used ritually to commune with the souls of the dead, attract good fortune, and seal contracts with the gods; and it was explicitly consumed with Psilocybe mushrooms at major celebrations.
In this online talk Marcos Patchett investigates the historical authenticity of the “Cacao ceremony”, the pharmacology of Cacao and its interactions with other psychoactive plants, and finally considers the popular classification of chocolate as a comfort food.
About your Speaker
Marcos is a Western medical herbalist and student of medieval astrology. He worked as a medical herbalist in King’s Cross for several years (2005-2007 and 2012-2013) specialising in complementary care for people living with HIV, and practiced from Neal’s Yard remedies’ Therapy Rooms in Covent Garden for 9 years (2007-2016). He was clinical supervisor for Middlesex University’s Western Herbal Medicine BSc & MSc courses from 2013-2018. His first book, The Secret Life of Chocolate, was released March 2020.
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