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Nutmeg High: Poison Centers See Uptick In Abuse Of Spice

First Posted: 12/10/10 09:35 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

ABC News:

A sprinkle of nutmeg in eggnog or a pinch in apple pie can add the perfect punch to a holiday dessert. But winter's favorite spice has also made headlines as an unconventional way of getting high -- it's called a nutmeg high.

Nutmeg contains myristicin, a natural compound that has mind-altering effects if ingested in large doses. The buzz can last one to two days and can be hallucinogenic, much like LSD.

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