Catnip or Nepeta cataria is a herb that's closely associated to the mint family. It grows in the high deserts of North America and is labeled under different names, like field balm, catmint, cat's wort, cat's play, and so on. The reason why it is closely knit in terminology to cats is because it is used as a sedative for these animals.
Be it small or large cats, like tigers or lions, this drug can have a significant impact on calming these ferocious beasts down. Humans too benefit from catnip according to a few experiments conducted. However, whether smoking it is beneficial or not is still a matter of debate. Of course, adding it to tea has proved to be beneficial in combating many health-related issues.
The catnip plant grows in milder climates in the regions of Northern Hemisphere and has grayish green leaves with purple, white-spotted flowering. The leaves, stems, and flowers are used once it has grown to its full size and is then ground and dried for consumption and other purposes. It is also used as an insect repellent and is mainly fused into pesticide preparations.
Purpose of Smoking Catmint
The active ingredient in catnip is called nepetalactone and is known to induce some hallucinogenic reactions in cats and people alike. Overall, it is a sedative and can be used for many purposes that surprisingly aid humans significantly.
- Reduces the swelling caused by soft tissue injuries, arthritis, and hemorrhoids
- Can help those suffering from migraines and cramps
- Those suffering from colic can be benefited
- Treats indigestion and gas problems
- Has muscle relaxant properties
- Used for healing small cuts
- Can ease an upset stomach
- Has relaxing properties
How is Catnip Consumed
☞ It is usually ingested in tea form and is prepared by first brewing the catnip and then letting it steep in water. Add two parts of catnip to one cup of boiling water. It can be taken three times a day.
☞ It can also be used as a soak/wash and can be made topically using the flowers or dried leaves after moistening with warm water. This can be later used to make a poultice.
☞ Some people have tried smoking this herb, like hashish or weed. Some found it to be strong while a few others felt it to be very mild. The aftereffect varied depending on how it hit different people.
☞ It doesn't have a bad impact on a person when mixed with other ingredients meant for smoking. Smoking the buds of catnip plant is a popular way of consuming it, given its relaxing attributes. The good news is that the dangers do not really surmount to something fatal.
☞ However, it isn't really advisable, because smoking at the end of the day is injurious. Though it is helpful in alleviating headaches and tension, it doesn't have a long-lasting effect.
Health Risks Involved
If not taken in safe amounts, catnip consumption and smoking in the long run can lead to some serious health risks.
» It is known to cause diarrhea, increase urination urge in people, and even stomach upsets.
» Pregnant women are strictly advised to stay off catnip during this period. Even breastfeeding women should away from it.
» It is advisable to consult a doctor before using catnip seeds or the plant. It can prove to be quite strong and unpleasant when inhaled and is much more tolerable as an edible source.
» It can make you feel nauseous and sick because of its overpowering smell and bad taste.
Remember to go easy on this plant's bearings to save yourself the trouble of going through the unpleasant side effects. Have a safe tomorrow.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.