More on nutmeg abuse

December 16, 2010, 1:24 am

This morning in Slate, Jack Shafer has an interesting short discussion outlining the history of nutmeg and its abuse. I didn’t know, for example, that Malcolm X describes getting high on nutmeg while in prison in The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Nor was I aware that a recent nutmeg-related death was reported in the medical literature (Forensic Sci Int 2001;118:87-90).  Unfortunately, Shafer failed to do all his homework and does not mention that the patient in that case report also had a toxic level of flunitrazepam detected. Thus, it is not at all clear what role — if any — nutmeg (myristicin) poisoning played in the fatality.

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One Comment:

  1. Jack Shafer Says:

    Thanks for the mention. I’ve added a short paragraph to my piece linking to TPR and to the journal article you cite.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2277917/

    Jack Shafer