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Can You Smoke Catnip


Smoke Catnip? Are You Kidding Me?

There are teens out there curious about whether or not smoking catnip can get them high. Parents, it's time to sit down with your kids and have a very serious conversation with them about the dangers of drugs. I don't know, perhaps it's too late already. Apparently, someone out there functioning on the last brain cell they had left wondered, "Dude, the cat seems jacked up after messing with catnip. I wonder if it will get me high too." Then he decided to smoke catnip. He told his friends about smoking catnip. His friends then began to wonder what would happen if they smoked catnip. Really? Is this what is to become of our teens?


This is a topic I stumbled across in trying to research another topic. I bothered me so badly that I felt compelled to mention it and make others aware of it. This is by no means an endorsement, it is quite the opposite. I am dumbfounded at how stupid some kids can be! God knows, I was there once too and I'm amazed I lived through it, but really, where does common sense come into play?

I'm shocked. I'm dumbfounded. I wanted to share this with other parents. I'm not even adding any kind of monetization of any kind to this post of my own. It would be rather reckless of me to advertise catnip. Maybe an I.Q. test for teens would be appropriate? (I'm speaking tongue-in-cheek of course)

Smoke Catinip

Smoke Catinip

Effects of Smoking Catnip

If you're wondering about this, then it may be too late for you already.

I'm going to lock my kids in the house and never let them out again. I was trying to prepare to write an article about citronella and entered 'citronella' into my keyword research tool. To my amazement, the term 'smoking catnip' appeared in the list. I thought to myself, "No, this cannot be what I think it is. Not even teens are that stupid. Are they?" So I went to Google and entered 'smoking catnip' into the search box. I'm so sad. It was exactly what I thought it was. There are even YouTube results for the keyword.

I have to give credit that many of man's greatest inventions and breakthroughs came from one man's bravery and daring to attempt what none had done before him; even if it seemed incredibly stupid. After all, just how hungry was the first person to eat an oyster? How hungry was the first person to eat moldy bread? What an incredible observation that these people eating moldy bread seemed to get better rather than sicker.

There are other first people that achieved things that may not have been as great as discovering penicillin or oysters on the half-shell and still may not serve a functional purpose but are still impressive nonetheless. For instance, who was the first person to try to break a brick on his head? My guess that he wasn't too bright and I'm almost certain that alcohol had to have been involved. But there are people out there who take this idea to a new discipline. Yeah, not for me. I'm impressed when I see someone do it, but I still walk away thinking they are an idiot.

For your informational purposes, I'm going to show a few video results from my Google query on 'smoking catnip.' Enjoy?

YouTube Results for Smoking Catnip

At the time of this post, 3/29/11, there are 185 search results on YouTube alone for the topic. If I search on Google doing a phrase search (that is with the keyword in quotes), there are 9,810 results. Is this a sign of our times?

Kids Smoking Catnip - Is this what you get when you pay for a college education?

These are teens recording themselves in their natural environment. If language offends you, skip it.

I wonder if their parents have seen this video?

What are your thoughts about this as a parent? Do you think that with shows like "Jackass" on television that kids are more prone towards videoing themselves doing stupid things and posting it online? What can we do about all of this?

Reader Feedback

Anonymous on December 01, 2019:

So I just wasted a minute of my life on this white guys opinion piece with no actual useful information...great.

Dani on January 12, 2019:

This wasn't even a decent article. I learned nothing and you talk like a 12 year old emo kid "losing faith in humanity"

To answer anyone with the actual question, yes you can smoke catnip.

anonymous on March 02, 2013:

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this is fairly common and in no way some half baked idea stemming from "it gets the cat high so lets smoke it"(for the most part, those kids did seem stupid). you can buy it as a supplement, (for humans) and a lot of people make a tea with it. it provides a nice subtle sense of relaxation, especially when taken with a little kava kava extract. nothing wrong with a natural sleep aid/relaxation agent, most of your out of touch 40 something peers blindly rely on cocktails of prescription medications for all sorts of perceived ailments, id take the catnip over the ambien or xanax any day

anonymous on February 22, 2013:

@anonymous: Lol do you smoke catnip? Cause your name is cat nipper.

anonymous on January 28, 2013:

I'm sorry, but to immediately label catnip as some "evil" drug just cause some stupid kids tried smoking it only makes you look ignorant. As stated before catnip has many proven medicinal uses. Did you do any research at all before posting this garbage? You strike me as the kind of person who believes everything they see on the news, and mindlessly follows the herd of society. The people with nothing better to do than take on crusades against things they know nothing about. Video games are bad, Guns are bad, Drugs are bad... mmmkay

anonymous on January 15, 2013:

@anonymous: Your comment makes so much sense...

anonymous on January 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Hemlock is a plant, makes you dead. Aspirin is white willow bark.

anonymous on December 05, 2012:

There is no reason to get mad at the older generations for their ignorance, I am 26 years old and I use any drug I am offered. ( as long as I'm not injecting) like previous posts who stated that what we call "drugs" nowadays are actually naturally occurring plants. Many of which were historically used by the wise men of old. I don't deny the abuse of these "drugs" is a huge problem. This is not the point . If you say drugs are bad and that's all there is too it, then read some books and educate your foolish self. Obesity is the leading cause of death in North America, higher than smoking. Should we ban candy? Cheese? Red meat? Soda? Of course not. Like anything in life these substances must be respected and if one should choose to use or try them it should be done in moderation. I have so much more to say but I know it will do nothing. I leave with a final thought. We are evolving in our emotional and spiritual understandings in this world, but we will never reach an enlightened society our biggest misunderstanding is that we are somehow at the top of our world. We are animals, we learn through reward and punishment and are defined by our past experience. We will achieve a higher state of understanding only by accepting this. Travel far my brothers and sisters :).

anonymous on November 18, 2012:

Quit being such an uptight bitch

anonymous on November 18, 2012:

Quit being such an uptight bitch

anonymous on November 16, 2012:

Ever heard of Catnip tea? It is used for calming effects and has for years, and years, and years. And you CAN get a little bit of a buzz off the tea (nothing to the extent of marijuana, though).

anonymous on November 07, 2012:

The roving unchangeable minds of the programmed ... oh how I so truly loath you all. You really do believe everything they tell you don't you?

Catnip is a plant.

Cannabis is a plant.

Cucumber is a plant.

Poppy is a plant.

Coca is a plant.

Aspirin is a drug.

Ibuprofen is a drug.

anonymous on November 02, 2012:

Wow, you are one close-minded fool. Catmint/catnip is a relaxation herb, used for herbal remedies since ancient times. It's not something new that today's teens picked up. You can get a mild relaxtion, possibly even 'stoned' feeling off of smoking a lot of catnip - kind of like how chamomile makes you relaxed and sleepy. It's a herb. Not some gross processed chemical cat's get high off of. It's a plant.

anonymous on October 25, 2012:

@anonymous: hi.

anonymous on October 25, 2012:

Hello, Arran.

anonymous on October 24, 2012:

This article was completely and utterly atrocious. One of the most close minded, under researched, and heavily ignorant mash up of motley words, embedded videos, and hastily injected non factual experiences that it has ever been my utmost displeasure to read.

entity212 on October 24, 2012:

@tlholley717: Disregard my previous post, THIS is the most unintelligible response of the week, with the other at a close second.

entity212 on October 24, 2012:

@anonymous: That must be THE MOST unintelligible response I have read this week.

anonymous on October 16, 2012:

This has to be the most closed minded bullshit I've ever read. WHY DID I READ IT ALL?! It's a relaxation herb. My doctor as well recommended it. Learn your facts before you bash the world for your right winged but job philosophy in life. Btw. Hate to break it to you but your kids smoke weed. Sorry I'm not sorry idiot.

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

Wow!! Really?? We are all entitled to our opinions and obviously you are pissed off about something else other than running across an article about smoking catnip. I find it quite humorous because I am 52 years old and I wanted to know what it was like so you know what .... I smoked some this weekend. I wanted to know what it was like so, I smoked some. I did not get high but I did have the best night's sleep I have had in weeks. To each his dare you judge others and then point the finger at the teen's or the teen's parents?? Mind you, I'm 52 and plan on living for at least 30 years more....smoking catnip gonna kill me? Nah.....

anonymous on October 07, 2012:

Most close minded article I read in a while. I would feel the basis every sentence. Good job looking like a retard.

anonymous on September 20, 2012:

F you. That's what I think. I'm a legal adult who happens to smoke catnip to relax. I have high anxiety disorders. No meds the doctors prescribe works. Catnip? Heck yeah. PARENTS are responsible for banning everything because they think their precious kids will use it as an alternative to weed. Guess what? While you're preaching to your kids about the dangers of catnip, they're probably smoking weed. If kids want to smoke weed, they won't find legal alternatives - they will smoke weed.

anonymous on July 27, 2012:

@anonymous: Catnip is actually used by people in foods, and teas, and supplements, because it is supposed to relax people, and can lessen nausea and headaches.

anonymous on July 06, 2012:

I have been an avid "user" of catnip for some time. It does not get you "high" but, is rather a relaxant. Either as tea or in capsule form it has greatly benefitted me for a relaxant. My doctor also recommended it for my child who has trouble sleeping and with anexiety. three capsules a day works better than Conserta or Ridalin. Also there isn't any groggy side effects. It is no wonder teens toda turn to this herb. It WORKS! Too much stress and high expecation for teens lead to them searching for relief.

anonymous on July 05, 2012:

@anonymous: or helicopter father i guess.

anonymous on July 05, 2012:

you seem rather close minded. Maybe you should take an IQ test yourself. Not that i've ever smoked catnip (because i haven't) but the action certainly has nothing to do with intelligence. Catnip is an herb in the mint family, and as with many other herbs, smoking it creates a physiological response. Just because it's catnip or that it's being smoked doesn't mean it's stupid or unhealthy. In fact, may cultures use smoking or steeping (catnip tea is another way of achieving the same result) for medicinal purposes. However, this may be outside the ability of a helicopter mother like yourself to grasp. Perhaps you should look into the effects of smoking catnip before making this post. I'd recommend looking somewhere more reputable or in depth than youtube.

anonymous on June 14, 2012:

no big dell just let them do it thay will fell lick a dum ass after it dos not woork

anonymous on April 15, 2012:

@anonymous: You are awesome!

anonymous on October 24, 2011:

@anonymous: anti****

anonymous on October 24, 2011:

@anonymous: perfect response.

anonymous on October 24, 2011:

my personal thoughts are that it works and your a closed minded moron for making a post so anit something that you don't know anything about!

anonymous on September 12, 2011:

Interesting how we happen across things and then believe we are experts. I have a steady, documented IQ well over the average of a graduate from any University. I am a technical professional, running a company and I do a bit of horticultural activities for fun, and soon as an additional business. I'm not attempting to puff myself up here, but I would call myself a reputable individual with a respectable pile of academic achievements, and yet I myself was just searching on how to smoke catnip. What does this topic have to do with intelligence? It is a natural herb that has affects that are beneficial to your body. Now I agree there are healthier things to take into your lungs, such as cannabis/marijuana - which contains both antihistamines and anti-inflammatories which aided my lungs in keeping me alive after a serious respitory infection almost claimed my life (non-smoker prior to that event). I won't get into the fact that it has properties which block types of cancer (that's plural, as in more than one type of cancer. Tell me what else can do that?) And we only discovered this because of the studies that were started thanks to interest and demand for answers on such a hot topic. If only delegates of the feline government would put a war on drugs so that they could waste so much time and money in prevention and then can study it, inspired like us by the interest and demand - that slow, backwards governmental type studying, until they find interest in it's value- while intelligent cats will already know catnip to be harmless and embrace it with optimism.

Consider studying a little and posting both sides and not nonsensical smears next time. You could be good at writing, learn and be humble. Thank you for your time.

anonymous on September 05, 2011:

Sounds like one parent has just discovered the internet for themselves.

anonymous on June 13, 2011:

@tlholley717: ???

Thomas Holley (author) from Evansville, IN on June 12, 2011:

@anonymous: Yes.

anonymous on June 12, 2011:

@tlholley717: Alright,

So now I must ask- Why do you define a teen as stupid for wondering about this and researching it? I see this as young people presenting a scientific hypothesis (catnip has psychoactive properties that may affect the human brain) and then researching the question online to see if others havetested their hypothesis. This is a much better method of discovery than using themselves as a test subject (unlike those in the videos, which in the case of catnip leads to absolutely harmless results).

What do you propose makes anybody "stupid" for wondering, asking, or even testing THIS question?

Thomas Holley (author) from Evansville, IN on June 08, 2011:

@anonymous: I think if you read closely, you'll see that the point of my article was more to alert parents to the fact that this is something teens are searching for on the Internet and not to really provide information on whether or not someone can get high off catnip. I was simply amazed that this question was ever posed! I was simply musing over the stupidity (or desperation) of some people.

I was researching a totally different topic when I stumbled across this. I was stunned. If someone is wondering if it's a good idea to smoke catnip, do you really think telling them it's a bad idea will stop them? Seriously.

anonymous on June 08, 2011:

This article lacks any information of value. You do not discuss the "effects of smoking catnip" at all, you just talk about a man breaking bricks over his head. Here's some info for you: Catnip is a very mild sedative. If someone smoked some it would make them a little relaxed and drowsy. The only harmful effect is that smoking catnip, as with smoking anything, can lead to lung problems if done often. Catnip will not get someone high, as it does not contain the psychoactive THC. In large doses, catnip can be used as an emetic, inducing vomiting.

If one desired the mild sedative effects of the Catnip plant, but without the harmful smoke, they could also brew it into a tea. The effects will be stronger and longer lasting with the tea.

Morally, using the catnip plant for its psychoactive properties is no different than using coffee (a highly addictive stimulant), or advil. If you look, you will find that most people's daily lives includes the ingestion of numerous psychoactive substances. Just because a few choice psychoactive substances are illegal and some may cause harm to the user, that doesn't make ALL of them "off limits."

If your child desires to explore smoking, catnip may be a good thing for them to try as the smoke is slightly harsh and the effects are not enjoyable enough to make them continue use. Unless you prefer they try smoking tobacco or maybe cannabis instead. As people grow, they will be curious and want to explore things first hand, and a single joint of catnip might be enough to deter them from being interested in the hobby of smoking if you would prefer they didn't get involved in it.

I hope this has informed you of the real-world question- "Can You Smoke Catnip?" and the answer is Yes, you can, you can smoke anything. If your child is desperate to try smoking, they may go so far as to smoke a rubber sandal, or even some tree bark from the back yard (which, if the right tree, could induce a powerful psychedelic experience.) There are many substances that your child will come into contact with in this life, but locking them away and sheltering them from the knowledge will not do them any good!

Best wishes to you and your efforts to save children from the horrible, horrible drugs. If they want it, they'll get it one day, you can't stop them forever.

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