Because of the variety of cacao, which is significantly more potent, and the amount consumed in the ceremonial dose, there are a couple of contraindications to be aware of.
- Prescription Anti-depressants: Those that use MAO inhibitors to treat depression are contraindicated with chocolate. Check your med's to see if this is the case. These tend to be less common nowadays.
- Serious Heart Conditions: cacao increases heart rate and is a vasodilator, so be careful if you have a serious heart condition
- Pregnant or breastfeeding: Go with a lower dose. Cacao is a stimulant so about 1 ounce is enough
- Pets: Dogs, parrots, horses and possibly others can't digest chocolate/cacao and it can be fatal, so make sure they don't get any