Yes. But like in alcoholics, this is a very real possibility when used in moderation. It is best to steer clear of eating saffron in large quantities (it also happens in some religions as well, but those are outside of my area). This drug and alcohol can have subtle and even deadly effects when drunk, causing a loss of memory and brain activity due to the combination of drugs.
This is the same for saffron, you have to know what you’re getting into before taking it, and not be afraid to ask a guide if you’re scared of the smell or other symptoms, otherwise the experience could be a mess. I don’t recommend using any saffron from Indian vendors, they sell it out of the back of a van and if you get it, it is not worth the cost.
What is the best way to prepare saffron?
This depends on where you find it. You can buy dried saffron, or you can buy it raw. Personally, I usually use a combination of both, as it leaves me feeling like all I have is an ordinary piece of stone. Raw saffron leaves me feeling like a regular piece of stone, while dried leaves me feeling like a regular piece of stone, but not in the same way. I like the fresh taste of saffron, which I get by rubbing a little bit of fresh and dried saffron leaves together. This is what I would consider to be a “best” preparation, and I have taken most of my friends with me to India and enjoyed it as such.
How long does it take?
Saffron can take up to 3 months from your purchasing it at Indian shops, to several months by airfares.
Is it bad if you drink too much?
No. No more than any other intoxicant. People have used to say that saffron is like opium or heroin, which is totally untrue. It is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can do harm to your health, so if you are not sure about drinking it, be aware about not doing so if you are on any narcotic meds.
I have heard that a friend of mine has had a nervous breakdown after taking saffron. How can I avoid having a nervous breakdown as a result of taking saffron?
I have read countless people suffering from nervous or nervous breakdown after eating saffron – it is a possible result. I
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