Nutmeg / Muskatnuss / Muškatno orah / muškatni orešček / nuez moscada / Muscadier / noce moscata (Myristica fragrans)

Muscade-nutmeg

Nutmeg is the spice made by grinding the seed of the fragrant nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) tree into powder.

In low doses, nutmeg produces no noticeable physiological or neurological response, but in large doses, raw nutmeg – freshly ground from kernels, as well as nutmeg oil – have psychoactive effects, appear to derive from anticholinergic-like hallucinogenic mechanisms attributed to myristicin and elemicin.

Nutmeg was once considered an abortifacient, but may be safe for culinary use during pregnancy if used only in flavoring amounts. However, if consumed in large quantities, it contains hallucinogens that may affect the fetus, and consequently, nutmeg is recommended for avoidance during pregnancy.

In early Indian scriptures, it is mentioned as “intoxicating fruit”. In Egypt, it is sometimes smoked as a surrogate for hashish. The Arabs used it in ancient times as a healing agent. The most remarkable use of nutmeg is found in western countries, especially with criminal prisoners, for whom other drugs are unattainable

To achieve a narcotic effect, it is ingested at least one teaspoon full or sniffed or smoked (try microdosing first).

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