I didn’t have a cat growing up, so everything I know about cats I’ve learned since getting our first cat a few years back. Cats are weird little creatures and have inspired me to read and watch as much as I can. 1 thing that got my interest early on was that some folks are afraid to give their cats catnip because they are worried they will become raging drug addicts. Most cats are already raging food addicts (or at least mine is), so I’d be worried too if I thought catnip would add to his list of requirements. Luckily, anybody with a computer can find everything they need to know about catnip and how it works.
Here’s a super quick sciencey rundown:
The effects can last up to 15 minutes and contains an hour refractory period where the cat cannot be stimulated further.
Mkay… So, I can see how monitoring can tell us that the cat is enjoying a feeling of euphoria following catnip stimulation, but how do we know they’re hallucinating? People have been using catnip for centuries and I found a massive collection of”common” applications of catnip ranging from easing toothaches to recreational use that may help explain why your grandma has such a enormous stash in her basement.
Catnip for the insane
Catnip was used for people with”nervous problems”. Catnip tea and infusions had a calming effect and have been used to treat headaches, hysteria, and insanity. Though, it was stated that chewing the root had an opposite effect, stimulating people into a type of rage.
Catnip was used to aid in women’s fertility. It was used to boost the flow of menstruation (honestly, why??) , assisted in childbirth, promoted afterbirth, and a wet mash of catnip was utilized to ease sore breasts out of nursing.
Catnip for Baby
Catnip was used to ease colic in infants. It was also believed to alleviate gassiness and the hiccups. Overdoses were reported to cause convulsions and fell from favor.
Catnip to fix what ails you
Catnip mash was utilized to ease toothaches, tonsillitis, and hemorrhoid pain. It was a common cold remedy, hive reducer, and was used to both cool a hectic body and to stimulate sweating. It was a frequent pain reliever for arthritis by reducing swelling.
Catnip was smoked in an effort to relieve respiratory problems, like tuberculosis and pneumonia.
Catnip in the 60’s
I bet you get the idea already, but catnip was commonly used in the 60’s as a recreational drug. It had been used in place of and as a filler for marijuana. Individuals reported visual and auditory hallucinations and euphoria.