CEREMONIAL CACAO, PSYCHEDELICS, NEUROCHEMISTRY & SHAMANIC RITUALS IN PERU
Dr Corin Storkey
Journey into ancient traditions of cacao in Peru with modern day neurochemistry and research into the molecules involved in cacao awakening
The ancient temple of Chavin de Huantar in Peru was the epicentre of shamanic initiation for the Americas from 1200-400 BC. During these intense spiritual experiences prospective priests would be subjected to days of sensory experiences whilst consuming brews of ceremonial cacao mixed with psychedelic plants like San Pedro. We explore the science behind ceremonial cacao and its application to spiritual awakening and substantiate its use in the ancient traditions. Taking you on a journey through the cosmovision of cacao in Peru and the how it was seen and used by various tribes we discuss its evolution and the challenges we face to incorporate this master plant into modern day ceremonies.
With research funded in New Zealand by Callaghan Innovations, the Seleno Health cacao research program now biochemically maps cacao from the Amazon and understands the key classes of bio-actives responsible for different sensory and therapeutic applications.
Dr Corin Storkey (PhD – Med Chem) has over 15 years of academic and research experience, specialising in medicinal antioxidant chemistry, oxidative diseases, cellular protection and health. He has previously struggled with and overcome chronic fatigue syndrome and promotes an integrative and holistic approach to managing chronic health conditions. He and his Peruvian wife – Sally Huapaya currently lead the New Zealand based Maca and cacao research program that studies Andean and Amazonian plant medicines and their bioactives.