Cat nip has been used for centuries as a sedative and a relaxation aid for cats. It’s also commonly referred to as catmint and is part of the mint family. Its use in humans, however, has remained largely unknown. But recently, there have been claims that smoking catnip can cause a high similar to marijuana.
Here, we will explore what happens if you smoke catnip and whether it’s safe or not.
What Is Catnip?
Catnip is a plant native to Europe that belongs to the mint family. The leaves of the plant contain an oil called nepetalactone, which acts as an attractant to cats but doesn’t affect humans in the same way.
When cats smell or ingest cat nip, they experience feelings of euphoria or hyperactivity due to a chemical reaction that occurs in their brain. However, when humans smoke catnip, there are mixed results when it comes to experiencing any sort of high.
Smoking Catnip: The Experience
Does It Get You High Like Marijuana?
There are many conflicting opinions regarding whether smoking catnip gets you high like marijuana does. While some people claim that smoking cat nip gives them a relaxed, mellow feeling, others report no effects whatsoever after smoking it.
Overall though, the consensus seems to be that smoking cat nip won’t get you anywhere near as intoxicated as marijuana would. In fact, it’s often described by those who’ve tried it as more akin to drinking calming tea rather than getting stoned from inhaling cannabis smoke.
How Long Does The High Last?
Again, people tend to disagree on how long the effects last after smoking some dried out pieces of kitty herb, with some saying they last up until 30-40 minutes while others reported feeling nothing at all.
As a well known fact, the potency of catnip can vary widely depending on the individual batch too. Some dried cat nip purchased at big box pet stores may have been sitting around on shelves for many months or even years, causing it to lose its effectiveness.
What Does Smoking Catnip Feel Like?
While some users describe smoking catnip as calming and slightly euphoric, others report no effects whatsoever. Among those who claim to feel something after smoking it, the sensations are typically mild when compared with cannabis consumption.
Such relaxation includes feelings of drowsiness, reduced anxiety, and decreased muscle tension. However, these effects may manifest differently from person to person and some people might not experience any of these “mellow” sensations at all.
Is It Safe To Smoke Catnip?
It’s important to note that while cats can safely ingest unlimited amounts of cat nip without danger, smoking catnip has never actually been studied in humans, so we don’t know exactly what kind of long-term implications there might be if any.
That being said, Smoking fresh or dried leaves is relatively safe in substance but only when used in moderation. . . sound familiar? That’s because almost every substance could potentially cause problems if consumed excessively. . .
But seriously, you should avoid inhaling smoke whenever possible and always consult with your medical practitioner before trying new substances like this one—especially if anything else raises concerns that they might negatively interact.
In summary, Cat nip’s effects on humans are still largely unknown—we need more research on this topic before drawing firm conclusions about whether smoking it is safe or risky—but for now animal enthusiasts could take comfort knowing their honey feline companions would undoubtedly approve!