Citation: Inkognito. "The Shakes: experience with Nutmeg, Coffee & Alcohol (ID 42118)". Erowid.org. Jul 20, 2008. erowid.org/exp/42118
Being not so experienced with mind-altering beside alcohol and occasionally absinths, I decided to try on nutmeg due to its easy accessibility and supposed hallucinogenic qualities.
So about 3pm yesterday I ate the nutmeg I'd ground the previous evening, about 1 1/2 nuts. Mixed with milk and sugar it's actually a somewhat tasty beverage provided you like its fragrance. After that I continued my routine unaltered.
I'd heard about nutmeg taking all from 1 to 5 hrs to kick in, so I planned on peaking the experience at midnight. About 7pm I joined some friends and had several cups of explosively strong coffee in order to speed up the process, since nothing had changed yet. At 9pm I started to doubt anything was gonna happen at all, and thus accompanied the others in their beer-drinking preoccupations.
After a few beers, barely enough to make me tipsy, it suddenly hit me. I could clearly sense where the alcohol ended and the other thing took over. 9:30pm my eyelids started twitching and felt like laying down. I closed my eyes and had a slight feeling of getting pulled backwards and inwards through the wall I was leaning against. My eyes were now in an REM-like state, rolling and blinking uncontrollably. After a short while I 'awoke' and went into a different room, I was still perfectly aware everything around me, although it seemed abit remote and uninteresting. My throat suddenly went very dry and my voice sounded like I'd suffered a bad cold. People commented on my whacked-out looks and bloodshot eyes. Unable to really participate in any conversation I gradually sank down towards the floor. I was in a somewhat dreamlike state, although I was fully aware of where I was, who was in the room etc. I had no real hallucinations, just a brief vision of having a snakes head and mouth, upon which my tounge and lips started twitching (musta looked real funny).
Towards 11pm, convulsions grew worse. I gradually lost control of my hands and arms. Some people led me of to lay on a bed, I had some serious spasms by then. I tried to command myself to be still, but I felt my nervous system didn't quite respond as it should. I just couldn't stop my arms and legs twisting and shaking, someone said it looked like I was doing 'the tarantulla'. My heartbeat was erratic and I hyperventilated at times. This lasted for perhaps 30-40 minutes then it gradually subsided. By 1am I was fit enough to walk home without getting overrun. Now as I write this, about 30 hrs since intake, I'm still abit remote and unwilling to concentrate. My vocabulary's really a mess too. Not nice.
In conclusion this was, for me, mostly a body drug. Thorough my shakes I felt mostly numb and indifferent, no supreme visions or newfound Answers this time. I recommend this for home-use, it would definitely work better by the tv than in a crowd, since it cancels out all wittiness.
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