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Don’t Eat Too Much Nutmeg

October 9, 2019


in my research on cinnamon I ran across a peculiar paper speculating that certain natural compounds of spices such as nutmeg may form amphetamine-like compounds within the body sufficient to elevate the mood and help provide some added christmas cheer during the holiday season this hypothetical risk was raised as far back as the 60s in the New England Journal where it was pondered whether the age-old custom of adding nutmeg to eggnog arose from the psycho pharmacological effects described in cases of nutmeg intoxication such cases evidently go back to the 1500s or was used as an abortifacient to induce a miscarriage and in the 1960s as a psychotropic drug the researchers conclude that while nutmeg is much cheaper for use and probably less dangerous than heroin you don’t want to take too much the toxic dose of nutmeg is two to three teaspoons which I assumed no one would ever come close to unintentionally until I saw this report in which a couple ate some pasta and collapsed were hospitalized a big mystery until the husband revealed that he had accidentally added one third of a jar of nutmeg to the meal while stoking it that’s like about 4 teaspoons I don’t know how they could have ate it I imagine a poor wife just trying to be polite you you

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78 Comments

  • Reply manoman0 April 20, 2013 at 6:00 am

    How can one eat a dish seasoned with four teaspoons of nutmeg? Besides that, yes, nutmeg does have a twist to its taste.

  • Reply Da Callis April 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    You have a great sense of humor!

  • Reply Robert Michael April 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Aww man! No more nutmeg snorting. =(

  • Reply Mohan Udiavar April 21, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Great upload, thanks a lot. Kindly throw light on the use of Cloves (Syzygyium aromaticam)

  • Reply john maxsky April 22, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Just wanted to thank you Dr. Greger for all your videos ,they have been very helpful to me , Im feeling much better on a mostly plant based diet . Im also adding many of the high antioxidant foods you've recommended. Thanks again…

  • Reply houndjog April 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    In medieval England, a handful of costly nutmeg was equal in value to 3 lambs. In China nutmeg is thought to have curative effects of diseases of the digestive tract. It was also prescribed for rheumatism. Its side effects include sleeping too much and addiction. Use sparingly.

  • Reply appies&nappies h May 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I have ate 10 times that amount of nutmeg before and I got a mild marijuana high. It wasn't fresh nutmeg though

  • Reply King Clinton May 26, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Dey don't do shit man i just ate 3 tee spoons…

  • Reply Idontunderstandchess May 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    i never eat nutmeg from now on…

  • Reply Chosen Seed of Israel August 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I love nutmeg and put it in my oatmeal

  • Reply DeadTmanKillerxDTK October 20, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Aeh oh i just took 3 teaspoons almost 4..

  • Reply Sramana Dasyu October 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    what if you eat a small quantity every day?><

  • Reply Sramana Dasyu October 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    can it toxic to in period of time

  • Reply Grrrrizzly December 27, 2013 at 5:27 am

    bullshit

  • Reply Zannnnah January 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

    What a load of bollocks!

  • Reply KungFuChess January 16, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Fly for the nutmeg

  • Reply kevin bennett February 1, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I already know this.It's the god honest.But you can't expect to soar,like you just smoked a gram of the sweet leaf.But I'f you are pure and eat 3 or 4 nutmeg caps you will feel real funny.Everyone's chemistry is different so it varies.

  • Reply undeadpresident February 10, 2014 at 7:34 am

    It takes 6 hours to kick in, lasts 40 hours, and makes you sleep.  It's not "hallucinogenic" but causes drowsiness and dry mouth similar to cannabis.

  • Reply Jabbss March 4, 2014 at 6:43 am

    im 13 and ate half the jar, nothing happend beside mixed emotions..

  • Reply StrangeMusicVegan March 17, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Yes it is hallucinogenic.Trust me….I was a "psychonaut" during highschool. I took large doses and actually had peripheral hallucinations for days at a time. Im glad I did not die.It basically made you kinda stoney with mild to wild hallucinations. The ceiling would lower up and down,cars would crumble inward(like a blackhole) leaves would walk like animals.Very odd stuff.I had no clue it could be fatal or cause hospitalization. I apparently got very close to damaging my body.It is odd about that couple though…I ingested wayyyyyyyyyy more than them on multiple occasions.

  • Reply m p May 6, 2014 at 1:57 am

    3-4 teaspoon is extremely unlikely to cause over dose /death. i have eaten 2 large jars full.  

  • Reply Metkic 94 May 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I ate like 9-10 nutmegs nothing strange happend,exept  i felt sleepy because my blood presure was lower.

  • Reply soursalsa May 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Obesity in America, starvation in Africa, and you're worried about a spice? Pathetic.

  • Reply thingyee1118 June 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I add lots of nutmeg to my rice pudding and I have never has any effects. approx 1-2 teaspoons.

  • Reply TheTimeRocket August 31, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Nutmeg's the best.  3 whole nuts (very easy to chew btw) gets me buzzing for two days.  

  • Reply Jaime Navarro November 4, 2014 at 8:10 am

    The spice must flow indeed.

  • Reply Chhutki TheCaT January 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I tried it….it worked well for me..I was feeling so happy, lighter, and food was tasting so good…in India we have BHAANG…nutmeg was 40% of that…I took only one nutmeg for beginning..
    I won't motivate anyone to try it… just sharing my experience…

  • Reply Pierre-Louis Besançon March 23, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Messi does eat at least 1000000 per day and he is the best sooo

  • Reply YogiPony April 30, 2015 at 8:25 am

    there werent many nutrition facts

  • Reply Vidar Sorlie May 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    You can get hig of eating 2 – 3 table spoons of nutmeg

  • Reply RastaMan4ThePresident June 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I ate 4 tablespoons and had no effects

  • Reply Oscar Nilsson June 16, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    That's the most stupid thing I've ever heard about nutmeg ! Shame on you !

  • Reply ZombieSlayer2.0xx July 26, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I've ate 10,000 jars full of nutmeg, and nothing happened!

  • Reply Roland July 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Lol at the angry comments here who did not know that nutmeg is mildly poisonous. I have known this for years. It is true, nutmeg is a jungle nut and is quite potent. But used with care like many things it even has health benefits.

  • Reply Joshua Recinos October 17, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I'm 11 and ate 4 tablespoons of nutmeg!!! ;(

  • Reply 5d5d6s6 October 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I had a bad experience with eating too much nutmeg. I had hallucinations while driving. Had to park the car and had some sleep

  • Reply phsyco29 November 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I had too much nutmeg from messi and I couldn't stop please help!

  • Reply Asia December 5, 2015 at 2:42 am

    The odd thing that I dont understand about nutmeg is (I dont smoke anything weed tabacco smokeless e cigs or whatever I smoke nothing) that it had me talking like as if I smoked blunts. I sounded like I smoked 20 joints or something because my voice changed a bit lmao. Good times my nikka good times. Everyone should (safely dosing) nutmeg the fuck up! =]

  • Reply Peter Rabitt January 12, 2016 at 3:14 am

    I ATE ALL THE NUTMEG AND I'M FINE

    o_0 FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFIIIIIIIINE.

  • Reply Ivan Good February 8, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I gave my friend some nutmeg he got humiliated

  • Reply Leo Sicairos March 26, 2016 at 6:44 am

    The word "Nutmeg" is actually a commend.

  • Reply James Geary April 16, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I use 1-2g a day in various meals. maybe not a couple of teaspoons but might keep it closer to the one rather than two in future.

  • Reply Riona Sera May 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

  • Reply Ajit Kapadia August 18, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Well told

  • Reply Flow September 10, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I gave my friend a box of nutmeg and he got humiliated.

  • Reply Dre Blac DeVillin' September 24, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I thought it was in my mind, but I've gotten high off of nutmeg the other day. I actually thought it was the coffee, since that's how i take my nutmeg anyway.

  • Reply SanFranciscoBay October 3, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    A few years ago, I added 2-3 heaping tablespoons of Nutmeg to a large bowl (4-6 cups) of Oatmeal. I thought it would harmless, similar to adding the same amount of brown sugar. I was wrong. After eating it, I'm 6'/200 pounds, I felt miserable, sick, weak, all my muscles and joints ached and I felt this way for 3-4-5 days. I looked it up and then realized my mistake. I called the spice company McCormick and told them there should be a warning label on their Nutmeg, but I don't think they cared. Long story short, Nutmeg is toxic to your body. Use it in small amounts only, ie 1/4 teaspoon.

  • Reply 卡门山迪亚戈 December 1, 2016 at 7:39 am

    In China most families just put one or two nutmeg as a whole into the soup, after the soup boiled the nutmeg will be throw away.Western food industries prefer to grind all sorts of spices into powder for convenience, I wonder whether it's correct or not.

  • Reply Freddie Aqili December 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

    thx man. just got some in iran

  • Reply medli Nessa January 19, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    once I got high with 10 grams of nutmeg

  • Reply Wayne Phillips April 3, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Actually, to my knowledge, most spices are dangerous, when consumed in large amounts. For instance, clove is an excellent addition to many dishes in minute quantities, but it's poisonous! Incidentally, it can also be used as an anesthetic: Have a toothache? Rub some powdered clove on your gum in the area of the offending tooth and that should alleviate the pain a bit. Don't swallow it, though!

  • Reply Donna Lynn April 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I'm not sure if preground nutmeg would have the same effects. It loses its flavor and smell so why wouldn't it lose its potency as well? I'm a heavy baker and only use whole nutmeg, grinding it each use and there is no comparison. Freshly ground nutmeg is so much more aromatic, not to mention tastes much better (you also don't need nearly as much as preground). As soon as a spice is ground it begins to degrade. By the time it gets to a supermarket shelf, then you buy it and use it, there isn't much of that nutmeg left. Not to mention that the average person doesn't use enough of it to even use it up before it's "use by date" so someone saying they gobbled up half the jar trying to get "high" really isn't doing anything. You would NEVER be able to ingest that much freshly ground nutmeg. It would burn your mouth and nasal passages so badly, not to mention, it's the dumbest thing you can do.

  • Reply RLSD420 Gamechat April 6, 2017 at 12:05 am

    15 years back when i was in high school my cousin and i each consumed 225.5 g or half a lb of whole nut nutmeg on a Friday after school, we had an LSD like trip that lasted all the way too Monday morning. a few grams can kill you my ass, i wouldn't be here to be typing this now if what you said was true.

  • Reply PilotVBall April 22, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Worst English ever!

  • Reply Jack D July 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    So I just made a 1cup portion of nutmeg with a ratio of 3/4 nutmeg with the remaining 1/2 being sugar. I'm about to eat the whole thing, what going to happen?

  • Reply Kisha Clovey July 22, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    That's not true. I use nutmeg all the time in my cooking. Whether it's mine or the pets.

  • Reply Kisha Clovey July 22, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Am from Grenada in the Caribbean by the way.

  • Reply Mayoor Raziah August 4, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Does it help to erection?

  • Reply Daniel Cast August 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    No way you´d collapse from eating 10 grams of nutmeg. I took about 60gs in 2 days and was fine. Check out my "High on Nutmeg" videos!

  • Reply Mango 31 August 30, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Toxic dose is much less!!! I had side effects of nutmeg at 1/2- 3/4 of a teaspoon…. and it lasted for 14 hours after the mail. Anxiety, difficulty to concentrate, and general feeling of being drugged..

  • Reply AWizardMummyandMartian ImUnique September 11, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I just take one sprinkle on my pancakes.

  • Reply Michael Bradley November 5, 2017 at 11:16 am

    In my wild younger days we came upon a recipe for "wild" nutmeg dandelion cake in a hippy cookbook, it involved Oz's of nutmeg, grated apple, dandelion storks to provide some moisture to the mix and sharing it with 6 other people, lets just say 48 hours later some of us had to provide excuses to our employers for not turning up to work the next day.

  • Reply JustBigBoy January 6, 2018 at 1:05 am

    I was searching for soccer nutmeg LOL

  • Reply The Thank February 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I ate a whole 2 whole pots with a monster energy drink and drank it all nothing really happened

  • Reply Elliot Richards April 6, 2018 at 9:42 am

    3 teaspoons is toxic bullshit I had 2 tablespoons and shit all happend

  • Reply henrietta henson April 10, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    5000 year old remedy …carry a nutmeg on your person at all times to stop inflamation.it works well for arthritus …really

  • Reply Vitun Näätä May 17, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Want a really good tip?: Dont eat anything too much.

  • Reply RpgPlay21 May 22, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    nutmeg for me is like catnip for yo cat dont tell me what to do ill eat too much just cuz u say not to bitch.

  • Reply jim crow June 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    4 teaspoons of nutmeg causes death? You're not a doctor, your a fucking quack.

  • Reply gabriel gagne June 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I took a dozen capsules multiple a few times and I was high for the entire day. .. no collapsing and way more than 3 tsps. It was like I smoked a lot of weed! Something I don’t do anymore.. before the 20 year mark… yessir!

  • Reply juSt liKE fiRe June 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

    that's my plan.

  • Reply Alan Nikolai Stratmann August 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    We better inform Townsend and Sons about this before he dies of a nutmeg overdose.

  • Reply Linus Thunderhorse October 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    "Risk" lol be careful with than nutmeg or youll be happy!

  • Reply One Deep Savage October 10, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Here from the Malcolm X movie (prison part)…Im 31 and had NO idea about any of this shit till now!! Cant you just buy the nutz at your local QFC lol?

  • Reply Jimbo Jones October 21, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    It's really not that hard to actually try nutmeg before you make a video of it. I eat 1 to 15g of it every day and it's not some scary poison like they want to believe

  • Reply lucy bond February 15, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I read that 1 to 3 tsp can cause convulsions and even death. Be careful.

  • Reply ivi August 16, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Alrd did boss im with jah

  • Reply Jay Zweedz August 27, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I ate 3 whole nutmegs and feel fineeee.

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