TAMPA, Fla. - There are new concerns for parents, as a common household spice is now being abused by teenagers to get high. Video of kids smoking, eating and drinking large quantities of nutmeg to get high can be found all over YouTube.com.
According to various online reports, Nutmeg contains Myristicin, a compound that can cause euphoria and hallucinations. Potential side effects from getting high off Nutmeg include: vomiting, dizziness and convulsions.
When shown some of the YouTube videos, random people on the street were shocked to hear this was happening. "What other kind of seasoning could you possibly try to smoke or sniff? What else could they get their hands on? It's kind of scary to hear about that," said Emily Felgenhauer.
A small amount of nutmeg in your recipes or on top of some egg nog is not harmful. Users consume the spice in high quantities to feel negative effects.
But because most homes have the spice in a pantry or kitchen, it's easy to obtain, and has become an easy target for those kids attempting to get high.
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