Nutmeg as a Narcotic. A Contribution to the Chemistry and Pharmacology of Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

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  • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dieter Abbo Kalbhen

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    1. Pharmakologisches Institut der Universität 53 Bonn, Reuterstrasse 2b (Germany)
    • Pharmakologisches Institut der Universität 53 Bonn, Reuterstrasse 2b (Germany)
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Abstract

The abuse of nutmeg for narcotic purposes has led to renewed chemical and pharmacological interest in this drug. Several allylbenzene derivatives whose biological transformation products have structures resembling mescaline and amphetamine have been identified as psychotropic constituents. It is suggested that the intensity of the hallucinogenic action of these compounds is due to the possibility of simulation of LSD-like structural elements.

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