Some people have reported that consuming a whole nutmeg produces effects similar to what one would experience after drinking alcohol. Apparently, the effects aren’t noticed as quickly, as the nutmeg can take as long as five hours to make its presence felt. Also, nutmeg delivers an unpleasant experience, which probably explains its lack of popularity as a narcotic.
Nutmeg is a member of the Myristicaceae family. It is shaped like an egg, only smaller. It is about an inch long and is very popular as a spice. It can vary in color from brown to grayish-brown. The nutmeg tree is an evergreen. It is native to the East Indies.
Freshly ground nutmeg for baking or drinks can be produced by using a nutmeg grater or a nutmeg mill. The nutmeg mill produces nutmeg in large quantities. The nutmeg mill also stores the freshly ground nutmeg easily. Even two tablespoons of nutmeg will produce a noticeable effect.
Nutmeg contains myristic acid, which causes its narcotic effects. Taken in large amounts, nutmeg can produce the feeling of ‘cottonmouth’ that marijuana users sometimes experience. Myristic acid is white in color. It is crystalline and fatty and is used as a food additive and is also added to soaps and cosmetics.
Through time, nutmeg has been used to enhance dreams and as an aphrodisiac. In fact, in the early 20th century, some young women used large quantities of it to induce abortion and became delirious afterwards. Nutmeg can also produce bloodshot eyes and feelings of unease.
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