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I didn’t have a cat growing up, so everything I know about cats I have learned since getting our first cat a couple of years back. Cats are weird little critters and have motivated me to read and watch as much as I can. 1 thing that got my attention early on was that some folks are reluctant to give their cats catnip since they’re worried they will become raging drug addicts. Most cats are already raging food lovers (or at least mine is), so I’d be worried too if I believed catnip would add to his list of requirements. Fortunately, anybody with a computer can find everything they need to know about catnip and how it functions.

Here’s a super fast sciencey rundown:

The effects can last up to 15 minutes and contains an hour refractory period where the cat can’t be stimulated further.

Mkay… So, I will see how monitoring can tell us that the cat is enjoying a feeling of euphoria following catnip stimulation, but how do we know they are hallucinating? People have been using catnip for centuries and I found a massive collection of”common” applications of catnip which range from easing toothaches to recreational usage that may help explain why your grandma has such a enormous stash in her basement.

Catnip was used for individuals 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 origin had an opposite effect, stimulating people into a type of rage.

Catnip was used to assist in women’s fertility. It was used to boost the flow of menstruation (honestly, why??) , assisted in childbirth, encouraged afterbirth, and a moist 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 alleviate toothaches, tonsillitis, and hemorrhoid pain. It was a common cold treatment, hive reducer, and has been used to cool a hectic body and to stimulate sweating. It was a frequent pain reliever for arthritis by reducing swelling.

Catnip was smoked in an attempt to ease respiratory problems, such as tuberculosis and pneumonia.

Catnip from the 60’s

I bet you get the idea already, but catnip was commonly utilised in the 60’s as a recreational drug. It had been used in place of and as a filler for bud.

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