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Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Marshmallows May Kill Your Teen This Summer, Says Poison Center

By ZenobiaSky, May 9, 2014 | | |
  1. ZenobiaSky
    Synthetic marijuana -- K2 and its chemical analogues -- is the scary-new-drug du jour in Dallas, having sent somewhere close to 100 users to local emergency rooms in the past week. Even scarier: This represents a spike of only 50 percent. Baylor alone treats 70 fake-weed overdoses per month.

    Parkland hospital's North Texas Poison Center would like to take the opportunity to remind you of other potentially lethal substances: cinnamon, nutmeg and marshmallows.

    "If you have teens in your house, it's essential to keep an eye on your spice rack!" the center warned in an email "Poison Alert" dispatched yesterday.

    Young people, whose penchant for making terrible decisions and finding innovative ways to get high has been amplified by the Internet, have managed to these workaday foodstuffs into killers.

    Danger No. 1: The Cinnamon Challenge
    It's the subject of tens of thousands of YouTube videos and a dour New York Times article, in which challengers attempt to eat a spoonful of ground cinnamon.

    "The concern with the Cinnamon Challenge is that the cinnamon quickly dries out the mouth, making swallowing difficult," the NTPC writes. "As a result, teens who engage in this activity often choke and vomit, injuring their mouths, throats and lungs. Those with asthma and other respiratory conditions have suffered more serious consequences. Teens who accidentally breathe the cinnamon into their lungs also risk getting pneumonia as a result."

    Danger No. 2: Nutmeg
    "Kids are also snorting, smoking and eating large quantities of nutmeg to produce a marijuana-like high."
    There is plenty of evidence of this, too, on YouTube:

    Nutmeg will, for the record, get you high. It contains myristicin, a hallucinogenic compound used as a precursor for Ecstasy. But it also causes "anxiety, dizziness, confusion, headache, hallucinations, seizures, stupor, nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, double vision, chest pressure, numbness, coma and even death," according to NTPC. "In pregnant women, the spice has been known to induce abortion."

    Danger No. 3: Chubby Bunny
    Stuffing as many marshmallows in your mouth as possible while repeating the phrase "Chubby Bunny" seems like fun and games -- until you die. "At least" two kids have choked to death on marshmallows, NTPC reports.

    North Texas Poison Control spokeswoman Charise Thomason says the agency frequently fields calls, particularly about the cinnamon challenge. There hasn't been a noticeable spike in calls or emergency room visits, at least not that Thomason is aware of, but the agency felt the need to issue a proactive alert.

    "Our thinking behind [the alert] is teenagers are about to be out of school for the summer," she says. It's only a matter of time before they get their hands on some cinnamon.

    The clear takeaway from this is that you should keep children in a protective womb (larger than but similar to the real thing) until they turn 65.

    By Eric Nicholson
    Wed., May 7 2014 at 12:30 PM
    Dallas Observer http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/05/cinnamon_nutmeg_marshmallows_poison.php

    The Newhawks Crew


  1. tidruid
    "Nutmeg will, for the record, get you high. It contains myristicin, a hallucinogenic compound used as a precursor for Ecstasy." This statement alone is a good way to get loads of naive kids who read this article to go out and try this now...Lol..
  2. Godmode
    The nutmeg and commercial synthetic cannabinoid blend incidences are in my opinion a direct consequence of Marijuana prohibition, I don't think synthetic cannabinoids are that bad if used responsibly but using the commercial blends is irresponsible for a myriad of reasons.

    I wouldn't call what nutmeg does to you a "high", to me it felt like legitimately being poisoned, not anything close the "poisoned" feeling I've experienced on mushrooms.

    And sadly what tidruid said is true, and also, IMO, directly related to marijuana prohibition.
  3. ZenobiaSky
    I know right, kids are gonna see this article and as most kids are, be curious and want to try it...
    But they don't stop there, they even direct you to youtube where you can find out exactly how to do it, that's definitely going to heighten their curiosity.
  4. tidruid
    Zenobiasky...I only know this because..I was one of those naive kids who read a very similar article ten years ago regarding similar legal and over the counter highs...Like smoking catnip and whatnot...LOL!
  5. chibi curmudgeon
    Thank you, North Texas Poison Center, I had no idea it was possible to choke on things.

    Or that marshmallows were a spice.
  6. Potter
    Chibi: If you look into american pop-recipies from the 50s-70s, you will find volumes of evidence that marshmallows are indeed a spice, or at least were for one terrible period of time.

    Could we rename this "The Texas Poison Control Presents a Teen Guide to the Coolest Summer Fads"?
  7. RoboCodeine7610
    Looks like just one more innovation from nature in the ever more complex scheme of natural selection. For some reason, the idea of someone swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon and as a consequence not passing on his genes to the next generation doesn't seem especially tragic.

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