Did You Know You Can Get High With Nutmeg? [Spices]

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Wow, plain old nutmeg. Who knew? I use it a lot when making cakes or falafel.

Apparently, in its freshly ground form, nutmeg contains myristicin, a psychoactive substance that can cause hallucinations and memory lost.

Quoting from Wikipedia:

In low doses, nutmeg produces no noticeable physiological or neurological response, but in large doses, raw nutmeg has psychoactive effects. In its freshly-ground (from whole nutmegs) form, nutmeg contains myristicin, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor and psychoactive substance. Myristicin poisoning can induce convulsions, palpitations, nausea, eventual dehydration, and generalized body pain.[12] It is also reputed to be a strong deliriant.[13]

So there. Careful with the nutmeg folks.