Nutmeg High: Dangerous

YouTube is now home to several videos of teens smoking nutmeg in order to get a "nutmeg high." What is up with this and what can you do to keep your kids from trying it?

Teens are now getting a nutmeg high

A new disturbing trend among teenagers involves something that's likely in your spice rack: nutmeg. Apparently, getting a "nutmeg high" is growing among teens seeking a legal -- but still dangerous -- high.

As if there weren't enough things for parents to worry about.

Nutmeg high: Videos on YouTube

Several teenagers have posted videos of themselves smoking the common baking spice to YouTube. One video shows a teen downing a bottle of nutmeg and then washing it down with bottle filled with nutmeg-infused water.

Serious side effects

Doctors say that smoking or ingesting a large amount of nutmeg in a short period of time can have a hallucinogenic affect on the body within 15-20 minutes.

What's worse? A nutmeg high can cause serious problems, including convulsions, nausea and dehydration.

Word of mouth = dangerous

"I think a lot of the kids across the country when they see something on YouTube they like to try things especially when it comes to smoking something other than marijuana which they know is illegal they know it's going to cost them money to buy it. They purchase something like nutmeg, all spice, any kind of spice you can buy at the store legally and they go out and try it. They have to consider the consequences that's going to come a long with it," Sgt Rickey Wheeler told KTEN.

What's worse? Some teens will try it just because others are -- the classic case of peer pressure, even if those peers are just on YouTube videos.

"Do you think it's showing kids different way to experiment with drug use? Yea, I think anytime you put something like this out there, there are going to be those kids that see it and they're immediately going to go ahead and try it," Wheeler added.

We're not saying it's time to overreact and throw out your spices -- but it's worth keeping an eye out for depleting spice supplies, just in case.

Do you think your teens would try to get a nutmeg high?

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Comments on "The Nutmeg high: A new drug trend?"

*sigh* February 08, 2013 | 1:07 PM

Lol, "nutmeg is dangerous"? I feel bad for people that are so misinformed about stuff like this. :P

Angela October 19, 2011 | 9:48 PM

I wonder how many kids never would have even thought about it until they read it here...? I think the natural curiosity of youth tends toward trying to feel all kinds of new sensations. It's probably more important for them to understand WHY they should be concerned with things that will benefit them in the long run and why the temporary gratification gained from making dangerous decisions should be weighed against the potentially lost opportunities, due to being a druggie burn-out who is perpetually chasing a less-than natural high. Maybe take them sky diving instead and scare the feces out of them with that sort of high.

jude August 04, 2011 | 5:10 AM

i just did a whole bunch of nutmeg FTW :-)

Shuaib December 22, 2010 | 7:05 AM

A nutmeg high is very dangerous!

Lynn December 19, 2010 | 1:05 PM

I first heard about the "nutmeg high" from a friend who couldn't find nutmeg to make Christmas cookies. She saw on the news that night about this new trend. At first, I kinda laughed because I found it hard to believe. Learning that there are nutmeg videos out on youtube is kinda disturbing though. Do I think my kids would try it? No. Frankly, if they were going to try to get high, I think that they'd go for other things before nutmeg.

Dan December 18, 2010 | 3:24 AM

this nutmeg is serious stuff when you're nutmeg high..nutmeg videos should show the effects.

Varun December 17, 2010 | 6:53 AM

Getting nutmeg high is a dangerous thing to do.These nutmeg videos on youtube are very useful to know the consequences

varun December 17, 2010 | 6:52 AM

Getting nutmeg high is very dangerous. All these nutmeg videos are very useful to avoid using them

Rene December 03, 2010 | 1:33 PM

OMG - - Will our children ever stop trying things to get a high. Why can't they be just high on life ??

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