Originally Posted by Zephyr259
Is nutmeg a sedative?
Bit more than that. Here's wiki extract:
Psychoactivity and toxicity
In low doses, nutmeg produces no noticeable physiological or neurological response, but in large doses, raw nutmeg has psychoactive
[unreliable medical source?
] In its freshly ground form (from whole nutmegs), nutmeg contains myristicin
, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor
and psychoactive substance.
Myristicin poisoning can induce convulsions
, nausea, eventual dehydration
, and generalized body pain.
For these reasons, whole or ground nutmeg cannot be imported into Saudi Arabia except in spice mixtures where it comprises less than 20%.
It is also reputed to be a strong deliriant
Fatal myristicin poisonings in humans are very rare, but three have been reported, including one in an 8-year-old child
and another in a 55-year-old adult, with the latter case attributed to a combination with flunitrazepam
In case reports, raw nutmeg produced anticholinergic
-like symptoms, attributed to myristicin and elemicin
Intoxications with nutmeg had effects that varied from person to person, but were often reported to be an excited and confused state with headaches, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, and memory disturbances. Nutmeg was also reported to induce hallucinogenic effects, such as visual distortions and paranoid ideation. Intoxication took several hours before the maximum effect was reached. Effects and aftereffects lasted up to several days.