A 28-year-old Swedish man has been sentenced to four months in prison after overdosing on common household spice nutmeg and going on a spree of violent, insane behavior.
It seems the man became "spitting mad" after downing large amounts of nutmeg, leading him to "spit like a llama" at random strangers in the street. A week later, he was arrested for sending threatening text messages to two sisters.
During his trial, it was revealed that the man had been hospitalized last summer after experiencing a similar meltdown after ingesting nutmeg, and he went ballistic inside the hospital, attempting to strangle a female guard and dislocating another guard's leg before being subdued. The patient had to be forcibly sedated and placed in restraints.
The hallucinogenic effects of nutmeg are similar to those of LSD and can last for several days if large amounts are consumed. The spice contains myristicin, a natural compound that has mind-altering effects if ingested in large doses. Aside from causing psychotic behavior, abuse of the spice can also cause acute liver damage as well as heart and nerve damage. In more severe overdose cases, death is a possibility.