Nutmeg High Means Lock Cabinets for the Holidays

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During the holidays, dedicated bakers stock their kitchen cabinets with spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. With some people now looking for a nutmeg high, home chefs are more cautious about keeping spices in their cupboards.

A recent NBC News report revealed some people are turning to a nutmeg high as an inexpensive and legal alternative to marijuana. This popular dessert spice is being used by numerous teens as a drug. Teens appear in YouTube videos getting a nutmeg high. The legal status of nutmeg means a teen current can't be questioned for having it.

According to My Fox Memphis, kids are smoking, snorting, eating and drinking nutmeg to get high. Experts say it takes a tablespoon or more of nutmeg to experience effects. The effects kick in after about 15 or 20 minutes. As holiday pies bake, parents might not even know kids broke into the spice cabinet until it is too late.

The Georgia Poison Center says the side effects are extremely dangerous and unhealthy. Dangers of ingesting too much nutmeg include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, dry mouth, dehydration, constipation, body pain, insomnia, palpitations and convulsion.

With no laws against this familiar spice, parents and homeowners must be cautious about storing nutmeg. A seemingly harmless kitchen staple could be used to get high and cause a wealth of other problems ranging from side effects to accidents to addiction.

The recent popularity of a nutmeg high also has parents fearing it could be a gateway drug to other substances.

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