A valuable stomachic and carminative when used in small amounts as a spice. Can act as a hallucinogen if taken in abundance. The nutmeg tree can grow about 7.5m tall with grey/brown bark, and does not bloom until it is nine years old. The ground seeds are used in cooking and baking, or as an additive to drinks.
5-20 grams of whole or ground nutmeg is ingested will induce hallucinogenic effects. Symptoms of hallucinatory dosage include possible nausea during the first 45 minutes, followed in several hours by giddiness, and then dryness of the mouth and throat, flushing of skin and bloodshot eyes, a heavy intoxicated feeling, incoherent speech and impaired motor function. This is followed by tranquil feelings, stupor with inability to sleep, euphoria and twilight state dreams. The total experience lasts about 12 hours, followed by 24 hours of drowsiness and sleep. May cause temporary constipation and difficulty in urination. Nutmeg oils increase fat deposits on liver. Contains safrole, which is carcinogenic and toxic to liver.