The question many curious teens have been asking this Christmas is intriguing, will nutmeg get you high? Yes the essential oil Myristicin inhabits about 4-7% of one whole nutmeg nut and can produce hallucinogenic effects. Myristicin is a natural chemical in nutmeg and is classified as a psychotic and neurotoxin stimulant. It works by disrupting the normal function of the central nervous system, which news reels describe as a high similar to marijuana.
As I dig deeper into research, it seems like the news compares it to marijuana only to provide easy reference. Nutmeg is more of a “Intoxication” than a simple marijuana like high. Snorting, smoking, or consuming large amounts of nutmeg to get high is much more similar to sniffing glue or gasoline than smoking pot. It is way more dangerous and the side effects are more permanent than that of a marijuana smoker.
On the other hand, using nutmeg to get you high is not as pleasant as marijuana. A user will likely try a nutmeg high once and never again, unlike marijuana.
If about censored whole nuts of nutmeg is being consumed to produce a high, it will take as much as 4-7 hours for the user to feel the effects.
Recently there have even been concerns of a nutmeg overdose causing cancer of the liver. While it is true that too much nutmeg can affect the health of your liver, there isn’t any major human research to support this. Unfortunately we still don’t have any concrete evidence about the long term side effects.
Animal studies have been conducted though and suggest that a nutmeg intoxication may cause liver cancer and other liver problems. The short term side effects of a nutmeg overdose include: , convulsions, hallucinations, puking, dehydration, skin rashes, and more.
In tiny amounts, like for cooking, nutmeg is still perfectly safe.
Its a little sad that parents may have to consider locking up their spice racks as well as their liquor cabinets.
I was recently a teen, I understand that a huge part of growing up includes experimenting with different things. Many feel they need to fit in with their changing friends and go the drug route to accomplish this. Parents should talk to their kids not only about the danger of drugs, but about the value of developing hobbies. What so many adults don’t understand is that TEENS THINK THEY ARE INVINCIBLE. you won’t get through to them by telling them drugs are bad.
Still wondering will nutmeg get you high? Short answer – yes – but let me quote something I heard on south park that makes more sense than any anti-drug ad I have ever seen.
“Pot makes you feel fine with being bored and it’s when you’re bored that you should be learning a new skill or some new science or being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you’re not good at anything.”
The same is true for all drugs, reach out to a teens reputation and you have their attention. Lecture them on dangerous drugs and you will fuel their wild side of experimentation. Just my 2 cents.