When it comes to herbs, marijuana may not be the only one in existence that can give you a euphoric high, but would you ever consider smoking catnip?

Cat_poster_2It seems that when some individuals can’t access marijuana they’ll try to smoke just about every herb under the sun if they think it might give them the desired high in which they seek, even the feline-favorited catnip.

In the late 1960s, researchers actually reported that catnip would give people a marijuana-like high when smoked, but as it turns out the researchers in question had merely made a mistake in mixing up the two plants when conducting their study. Hmm, sampling the samples perhaps, fellas?

Veterinarian Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists in New York responded to the claims that catnip has the same effects on individuals as cannabis when smoked.

“Think about it… catnip is cheap and legal. If it had a significant effect on people, everyone would be smoking it,” Plotnick proclaimed.

But it’s a whole different story for the furry four-legged felines that apparently do indeed receive an inebriating effect from the oils and aromas that derive from the dried herb.

Catnip flowers.

Catnip flowers.

The evidence is still out as to why nepetalactone, the active chemical in catnip, doesn’t have the same euphoric, intoxicating effects on humans as it does the multitudes of mousers that inhabit our pet-loving planet.

On the other hand, marijuana has similar effects on cats as it does humans due to the fact that we both possess cannabinoid receptors.

But when it comes to individuals considering sharing a spliff with their cat-companion, associate director Kornreich suggests you Bogart that joint my friend.

“I don’t think it’s right or fair to make that decision for an animal,” Kornreich declares.

Although research has proven that catnip is a poor alternative to smoking marijuana, chemical companies are actually in the process of studying nepetalactone for its apparent capability to repel mosquitoes, ticks and mites, similar to that of natural DEET.

I think I’ll stick to puffin’ the good stuff, unless they discover that smoking catnip can keep the mosquitoes at bay this summer, then it’s off to the pet store!

4 Responses

  1. MeeMan

    Catnip doesn’t affect every cat, so it’s more than merely being feline that’s needed. Perhaps a certain blood type or anti-body group or some other inherited genetic condition.

  2. WPD

    Nepeta, also known as catmint or catnip, has a history of human use. It isn’t smoked, rather it’s brewed in an herbal tea. The effects are not similar to cannabis.

  3. Shantiann

    I’m going to have to disagree with Kornreich on this one….I light up in bed and take a few hits hoping to stave off the pain and insomnia from Lyme Disease…my 22-year-old cat will literally climb on top of me, stick his nose in the air and take a few short sniffs. He will do this two-to-three times before he settles down for the night…sleeping by my side, I ask him, “So, Lenny, where are we going to go tonight during our lovely little trip?” He doesn’t answer and we never go anywhere that I can remember but Lenny loves his MJ!

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