The story begins, I really wanted to find some weed, but there was none to be found. So, I went to Erowid and Google to
research legal highs very thoroughly, and found some solutions. Basically, the only ones that I have found to work well are DXM (poor man's PCP,
found in cough syrup, which I haven't tried for various reasons, but seen in action), and Nutmeg.
Nutmeg, in my opinion, is the best of these legal highs, because it is all natural, and it's effects aren't too far off from the almighty herb that
I'm sure you guys are very familiar with. (Although, nutmeg is no Colorado home-grown, that's for damn sure.) So, after taking nutmeg before I
needed to write a school paper, I instead wrote a short paper, in erowid experience style, about the nutmeg experience (and later the school paper
So, if you are ever bored/have a day to blow/run out of weed, then this is for you.
Nutmeg is a spice that is grows naturally on evergreen trees of Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Australasia. The seeds are usually harvested
from the trees and ground into a fine powder to add flavor to many sweet foods, such as cider, cakes, and cookies. Nutmeg can also be used as a
treatment for toothaches, indigestion, and diarrhea. As a recreational drug, nutmeg is relatively unknown. In addition to its rumored wide-spread
usage among many Far Eastern cultures throughout the ages, many of the original hippies of the 60’s were rumored to have experimented with nutmeg, but
usage in the modern era is mostly confined to people who, for various purposes, are seeking an alternative to illegal drugs. As a result, few people,
including law enforcement, know that nutmeg can also be used as an all-natural recreational drug (and let’s keep it that way).
Nutmeg is capable of producing pleasant effects at doses of about 2-3 tablespoons. While no official research has been conducted on the effects of
nutmeg as a drug and exactly how it alters consciousness, myristicin and elemicin are most likely the mind-altering chemicals. But, before running
over to the spice cabinet and engulfing large quantities of nutmeg, plan on the effects lasting a long time, and take precautions to avoid some of the
negative effects of this spice.
The first thing to know about nutmeg is that, as a spice intended for use in very modest amounts, it has a very strong taste. Eating large
quantities of the spice to explore its mind-altering properties can be enough to induce nausea in those with a weak stomach, so how methods of eating
the stuff are critical for the start of a good experience. I have read about many different ways that people have done this, and I prefer to stir my
dosage of pre-ground powder into a strong fruit juice and drink it in one large gulp. It will still have a very strong taste, but I would compare the
experience to downing a triple of hard alcohol. If you use this method, keep the juice handy to use as a chaser afterwards, to alleviate the
discomfort of the strong after-taste and lingering granules of nutmeg that might stick to the back of your throat. So, if you drink the nutmeg potion
like a big shot of Vodka, try to swig it without tasting it, and then brush your teeth directly afterwards, then the taste shouldn’t linger for too
long. In the Far East, it is even used as a breath freshener, so you’ll probably have good breath for a few hours afterwards. I have also tried to
brew tea from nutmeg powder, but this did not produce any of the desired effects that regular consumption has provided for me, and it’s hard to enjoy
a cup of strong nutmeg tea. Other methods that I have not tried are dumping it in ice cream or making a paste with various other ingredients. Do
whatever you choose, but consuming the stuff as quickly as possible, and then quickly ridding your mouth of the taste works best for me. I would also
advice against anybody trying consuming the spice on an empty stomach. This might lead to possible stomach irritation, heart burn, or nausea. Keep in
mind that most cases of nausea associated with nutmeg usage are either the result of the strong taste, an over-dosage, or simply eating the spice on
an empty stomach. Still, I have never felt any negative effects from nutmeg, although I admit to carefully research before using it the first time,
and I always take precautions to avoid a negative experience. Another factor to consider is that many people claim that buying and grinding whole
nutmeg seeds will produce stronger effects. I have never successfully ground my own seeds though, and almost broke a coffee grinder during one failed
attempt, and then I spent 10 minutes trying to grind another seed with a cheese grater. It was painstaking and I could never get the lumps of nutmeg
small to consume in a beverage, so it seemed to be too much trouble. I just buy pre-ground nutmeg instead, and it still produces the desired
So now that you have consumed the nutmeg, a long waiting game begins for the effects to set in. Usually, the effects will begin to mildly trail in
within about 3-4 hours of consumption, and peak at about 6-8 hours. So after this long waiting period, the effects will gradually emerge, sometimes
taking the skeptical user by surprise. Although there is little official research on nutmeg used as a drug, most sources will classify it as a
“deliriant”. For me, the typical effects of nutmeg are similar to THC, only weaker. The experience should include the positive effects of a stoned
feeling, relaxation, and slightly altered thoughts and perceptions. Users may also experienced a slightly heightened awareness of the senses, and, in
a way similar to cannabis, feel disconnected with anything in the past or future, although you can expect some random, long-forgotten childhood
memories to spontaneously come into your mind. Nutmeg might also produce a dazed feeling, making a user seem mellow. “Equilibrium” is thrown off in a
pleasant way. Mental activity can either accelerate or slow down, depending on the user’s mood or how tired he is, and speech might slow some, as you
would expect with marijuana. In short, nutmeg will provide a prolonged dream-like state for users. Historically, nutmeg has also been used extensively
by the Arabs as a natural aphrodisiac. Many people report some minor hallucinogenic properties of nutmeg, however I have never actually experienced
these. Many hippies have actually reported very mystical experiences, where thoughts manifest before their eyes, although I find that to be a
far-fetched description, and maybe an indicator that they were also under the influence of harder drugs. Remember, drugs can both positively and
negatively affect people in many different ways. Nutmeg will not do much to alter the cannabis experience itself when the effects of the drugs
overlap. A combination of the two will simply result in a deeper stone than the same amount of cannabis could produce on its own, resulting in an
experience that should retain the positive attributes of both drugs.
The effects of nutmeg are very long lasting. Once settled in, there is really no recognizable peak in the drug’s effects, but rather a plateau that
trails in shortly after the first signs of impairment, and lasts for an entire evening. After this plateau, the effects will very gradually trail off.
After a one-time dose of 2-3 tablespoons, the last obvious effects of the experience usually will not completely trail off until 24-36 hours have
elapsed since the initial consumption. So beware, as this tends to frustrate some users who expect the effects to leave quickly after the shorter
period of time that they might have experienced pot or alcohol. Some people even report feeling mellow for the next 3 to 5 days, however I have never
experienced anything this drastic.
These lasting effects of nutmeg create the necessity for some strategy before taken. I tend to favor two plans for usage in order to gain maximum
enjoyment from the drug. If I eat the nutmeg during the late morning or around noon, the effects will settle in during the late afternoon and linger
until midnight to 2:00 am, when falling asleep should come easily. Another method is to consume the nutmeg just before bedtime. After a pleasant 8
hours of sleep, one can wake, fully rested, to the effects of nutmeg. The effects should last the entire day; however, to prevent the effects from
trailing off noticeably during the evening, one can eat another tablespoon that morning.
Without proper measures, nutmeg usage can have some nasty side effects, but most can easily be avoided. First, is the standard disclaimer with any
drug: nutmeg might cause some impairment in decision making and motor skills, rendering it unwise to use on any job or while operating any vehicle.
Next, nutmeg, like the familiar drug alcohol, is a very strong diuretic, which may lead to dehydration. Many people report an experience similar to a
giant hangover, but this is the most likely cause. Alcohol consumption mixed with nutmeg usage would probably also cause serious dehydration, which
would produce a tremendous hangover! I have yet to mix the two, for that very reason. Drinking plenty of water will help you to avoid dehydration and
have only a positive experience. I usually start drinking water right after I first consume the nutmeg, until I go to bed. Then, after waking up the
next morning, I might feel a little hung-over, but again, drinking about a half a bottle of water will quickly transform the “hang-over” into an
extension of the relaxing feeling that nutmeg should have. Drinking plenty of water will also help any developing dry mouth or blood-shot eyes that
may result from nutmeg usage. (Yes, beware, it will probably make your eyes look a little cached.) While nutmeg usage in large quantities as a
recreational drug has never been studied officially, I have heard that it is probably not good for the liver. I have read that nutmeg may be
carcinogenic in extremely large dosages, and cause fatty deposits to build on the liver. Therefore, never use nutmeg more than twice in one week, and
always avoid using nutmeg with alcohol to prevent any dangerous and unnecessary health risks. I have also perceived that I have developed somewhat of
a tolerance during periods when I use nutmeg once a week for more than a couple of weeks at a time. Keep in mind also that the lasting effects of the
nutmeg usage on the brain have not been studied either. The chemical reaction that produces nutmeg’s mind-altering effects occur in the stomach, which
explains why it takes so long to kick in, but this also makes it difficult to determine the chemical make-up of the drug. It might be similar to
ecstasy, which is very harmful for brain cells, but it might also be relatively harmless.
Nutmeg is a long-kept secret of the drug world, and can be a pleasant drug if used properly. Despite the rumors of negative experiences, if one
plans ahead to use it and expects the effects to be subtle and long-lasting, then the experience will be well worth trying. And best of all, is that
people of all ages can legally purchase nutmeg at any grocery store.
Conclusion: it's much, much better than nothing at all, if you like to change your consciousness as much as I do. So plan ahead and have fun.
(Everyone always puts up a disclaimer that they're not promoting a drug, so I will too. So if you die doing nutmeg, don't blame it on me. On a chart
that showed the difference between effective dose and fatal dose, where heroin is at the top and pot at the bottom, nutmeg actually scored about
halfway between alcohol and heroin, or whatever the top drug was. So don't fuck around, and don't get impatient during the time it takes to produce
results. Also, eating nutmeg is pretty much the same as eating sand, so it fucks with your digestive system. Normal body functions like shitting and
peeing might be temporarily impaired. I prefer about 2 and 1/2 generous tablespoons, and I'm about 140lbs. Also, as far as eating the stuff, it
really is nasty, but I have a strong stomach and have been known to drink straight vodka or gin from a water bottle in public places without
flinching. I have also eaten as many as 3.5 tablespoons of nutmeg at a time and not died or gotten sick.)
For further reading, here's a link to the Nutmeg page on Erowid: Erowid
Any questions, comments, or experience reports of your own, then share them here.