Nutmeg is basically the seed that is obtained from the nutmeg tree, which belongs to the genus Myristica. The seed has the shape of an egg and is about 20-30 mm long and 15-18 mm in width. It is mainly used as an important spice in a variety of cuisines all over the world. Apart from the nutmeg spice, the tree also yields another spice that is known as mace. This is basically the aril of the seed. Apart from being used as a spice, nutmeg is also known to impart medical benefits in various medical applications. Speaking of nutmeg high effects, large doses have been reported to have caused undesirable physiological or neurological responses in the body.
Effects of Nutmeg
Nutmeg contains what is known as myristic. It is a kind of monoamine oxidase inhibitor of a mild nature, which is actually an antidepressant drug. This agent is what is considered the main source of the side effects of nutmeg.
Common side effects of nutmeg include visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations (one of the profuse symptoms of a mental disorder, where the person perceives illusory elements), convulsions (these are sudden and uncontrollable attacks), delusions (forming deceptive ideas), vomiting and seizures. Some people have also experienced abnormal personality changes, abdominal spasms and insomnia after ingesting nutmeg. Gagging, sensations of hot and cold, and blurred visions have also been reported to occur in some cases of high dosage of nutmeg.
Abnormal heart rhythm, dehydration, dry mouth, body ache, skin irritations and fever could also occur. Accompanying these, there may be double vision (a disorder which causes the sufferer to see one object as two), headache and drowsiness. Not only humans are affected by the toxicity of ingesting too much of this spice, even animals could be severely affected. It has been reported that even low doses of the product can cause death in dogs.
Consuming several grams of nutmeg create the psychotic-active effects. An amount of about 5 - 15 grams is enough to induce a narcotic reaction in the user. However, the effect is not immediate, and it may take several hours to make a person high. According to reports, ingesting this much amount of the spice may take about 6 hours to induce minimal effects in the person. Now these effects may occur in the form of mild symptoms to severe ones like those mentioned in above segment. It has to be known that overdose of the substance has also proved fatal for some people.
Nutmeg, as aforementioned is primarily used as a spice. But depending upon the quantity ingested, the metabolism and body weight of the user, it does not remain a spice anymore. It takes the form of a drug, precisely! The effects of the high induced by nutmeg may feel like those that may occur after taking marijuana coupled with alcohol. In short, nutmeg makes up for a legal and cost-effective drug for people who do not have access to illicit drugs.
Most people are unaware of these bizarre effects of nutmeg high. And this is the reason status as an easily available drug is unknown and not objected by law. This is because the high which this spice produces is not taken as a pleasant experience by everyone. Most dislike ingesting it mainly because of its horrid taste. Moreover, the intoxication caused by it is short-lived, compared to other kinds of drugs.