People are smoking, snorting, and drinking nutmeg in a desperate attempt to get high. Due to a recent upsurge of YouTube videos of teens experimenting with nutmeg, the news media is reporting on the hazards of nutmeg abuse.
Late night comic Conan O'Brian quipped last night: "According to health officials, teenagers have started smoking nutmeg to get high. Is this recession bad or what?"
When a person seeks euphoria, they may try anything to achieve the effects desired. The problem is when undesirable effects kick in, as these negative reactions can be uncomfortable or even fatal in some cases. There are reports of alcoholics drinking shampoo or perfume to get the alcohol content.
What's sad is the fact that abusing nutmeg or other substances is not necessary and often backfires. If you seek euphoria, substances that deliver a powerful sensation tend to kill parts of your mind and body in the process.
Users of toxic levels of nutmeg report feeling lousy. Some say it was like they had a bad case of the flu, feeling very weird in an annoying way, and not deriving any "fun" benefits from it. Nausea, stomach pain, delirium, hallucinations, vomiting, and irregular heart rhythms are potential side effects of nutmeg abuse.
Compounding the problem, nutmeg is a very slow acting mind-altering substance. Since it takes about 4 or 5 hours for the nutmeg psychotropic effect to kick in, after 15 to 30 minutes, some users will try taking more nutmeg, thinking they didn't consume enough.
Public Broadcasting Atlanta refers to the problem in "Poison Control Experts Issue Warning About Nutmeg".
Georgia Poison Center Director Gaylord Lopez says most of those abusing the spice typically snort, drink or smoke it.
But he says using a tablespoon or more of nutmeg can be dangerous.
"You could have symptoms ranging from drowsiness, all the way up to severe hallucinations and perhaps even heart abnormalities and coma. I mean, this could be quite serious."
In short, nutmeg is a terrible substance for getting "high". If you try it, you'll surely regret it and your friends will consider you to be rather stupid.
In a related news report, the FDA is warning about nutmeg salmonella in some brands of nutmeg.
Besides, a good feeling can be derived from a variety of wholesome activities:
*taking a walk in the cold brisk air
* listening to some good music
* reading an exciting novel
* doing research on a fascinating topic
* visiting with family
* hanging out with friends
* giving and receiving genuine love
* playing with your pet dog or cat
* watching a comedy film
* learning a new skill
* doing a good deed for another person
* accomplishing a feat of which you are proud
* succeeding at a difficult task
* helping someone in trouble
* cheering up a stranger with a compliment
* consuming healthy food and beverages in moderation.
Deseret News "Smoking Nutmeg Dangerous, Officials Say"
Examiner "Smoking Nutmeg"
KMOV St. Louis "Raiding Kitchen Cabinets for a Nutmeg High"