The 's Cultural And Sociological Values

1106 Words Sep 2nd, 2014 5 Pages
Ecstacy.MDA. Nutmeg. A ubiquitous spice that can be found in kitchens worldwide, nutmeg has been harnessed in cooking, rituals, and a multitude of different ways across multiple cultures for millennia (Baxamusa, 2011). Its most common use in near day-to-day cooking is something that is not given a lot of thought to, but with Drug culture becoming increasingly prevalent in younger demographics, nutmeg has become a cheap and easily sourced alternative (Shafer, 2010). Through analysis of its chemical components, its structures and properties, in comparison to other illicit drugs such as MDMA (Ecstasy) and MDA (3, 4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine), credence can be given to the relationship between its popularity rise in youth culture, and its current day identity. By examining the basic mechanisms, pharmacophores and functional groups found in Nutmeg, the microscopic effects in comparison to macroscopic behaviours can be observed on both natural and synthetic levels.

Nutmeg’s historical and sociological values are closely related and can be seen repeatedly throughout history. Adopting the title as being ‘Spice of madness,’ nutmeg has been used as stimulants, aphrodisiacs, as an intoxicant, an anti-inflammatory, and as a narcotic, in addition to its current day orthodox uses such as incense and cooking. Native to Moluccas, or the ‘Spice islands of Indonesia’ (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, 2014), nutmeg is the inner kernel belonging to the nutmeg tree Myristica fragrans…
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