3.7.2 Nutmeg

Nutmeg #

Binomial / Botanical Name Myristica Fragrans
Street Names N/A
Major Active Compound Myristicin
Indigenous Source Indonesia; New Guinea
Form Nuts
RoA Oral
Personal Rating On Shulgin Scale +++


This is classified by Erowid as a deliriant. It most certainly is, but does anyone actually like being delirious? Is there any pleasure to be found in such a state? From my experience the answer is a categorical no.

I gnawed on a nutmeg and a half, or whatever amount it was, several decades ago. I won’t even dignify its effects with the word trip. I was nauseous, dizzy, and unable to grasp solidity, whilst simultaneously suffering terrible head pain in totally unmitigated confusion. It was horrible in almost every conceivable way.

The next day it didn’t end: dry mouth, hangover, hell on earth. I thought I would die. I was ill for days.

As I recall, it took so long to come-on that I thought I had eaten a dud. I waited several hours, maybe more, and eventually I went to bed still waiting.

I awoke in the night to go to the toilet, and had to literally crawl there on my hands and knees because I couldn’t stand. The floor was all over the place: my hands went into it like they were going into thick glue and I had to pull them out with each lurch forwards. My head was spinning sickeningly, my ears were ringing, and I was struggling through a living dysphoric hell.

Quite apart from the nightmare of the ordeal, if you have too much this can kill you. It can damage vital organs, leave you with serious medical issues, and not care a hoot.

“According to the case studies from the Illinois Poison Center, even 10 grams (approximately 2 teaspoons) of nutmeg is enough to cause symptoms of toxicity.”
~ healthline.com

I experienced no pleasure whatsoever. All I learned was to avoid it like the plague. I still shudder after all these years just thinking about it.

There are some seriously good trips to experience, and this isn’t one of them. I found it to be a million miles removed.

An ordinary looking spice

An ordinary looking spice

I would suggest that experimenting with nutmeg presents an entirely pointless risk, using your welfare and life as the stake, for a prize you don’t want. My unwavering and sincere advice could not be clearer: don’t do it.