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History of use[edit]Peter Stafford's Psychedelics Encyclopedia quotes an 1883 re

port from Mumbai noting that "the Hindus of West India take nutmeg as an intoxic
ant", and records that the spice has been used for centuries as a form of snuff
in rural eastern Indonesia and India, later seeing the ground seed mixed with be
tel and other kinds of snuff. In 1829, the Czech physiologist Jan Evangelista Pu
rkinje ingested three ground nutmegs with a glass of wine and recorded headaches
, nausea, hallucinations and a sense of euphoria that lasted for several days.[1
2]
Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes and chemist Albert Hofmann, who dis
covered LSD, documented reports of nutmeg's use as an intoxicant by students, pr
isoners, sailors, alcoholics and marijuana smokers. In his autobiography, Malcol
m X writes about taking nutmeg and other "semi-drugs" while serving time in pris
on.[12]
The Angewandte Chemie International Edition records the use of nutmeg as an into
xicant in the United States in the post-World War II period, notably among young
people, bohemians, and prisoners. A 1966 New York Times piece named it along wi
th morning glory seeds, diet aids, cleaning fluids, cough medicine, and other su
bstances as "alternative highs" on college campuses.[12]
Toxicity during pregnancy[edit]Nutmeg was once considered an abortifacient, but
may be safe for culinary use during pregnancy. However, it inhibits prostaglandi
n production and contains hallucinogens that may affect the fetus if consumed in
large quantities.[31]
See also[edit]Run (island), site of a seventeenth-century BritishDutch rivalry fo
r a source of the spice
References[edit]Notes
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Bibliography
Milton, Giles (1999), Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Cour
se of History
Further reading
Burroughs, William S. (1959). Naked Lunch. Paris: Olympia Press. p. 228.
Gable, R. S. (2006). The toxicity of recreational drugs. American Scientist 94:
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Devereux, P. (1996). Re-Visioning the Earth: A Guide to Opening the

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