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Although catnip has a stimulating effect on virtually all felines, in humans it is traditionally used as a sleep aid. It has also been used for digestive and menstrual problems, as a uterine stimulant in childbirth, and as a symptomatic treatment for colds. Publications from the late 1960s suggested that the plant, when smoked, produced a psychedelic high not unlike marijuana, but it was later discovered that the researchers had, in fact, mixed up the two plants. 1
Catnip tea is most commonly made by mixing 1 to 2 teaspoons (1 to 2 g) of the dried herb, or half that amount of the liquid extract, per cup of water (240 ml), 2 and can be consumed up to 3 times a day.
- Jackson B, Reed A. Catnip and the alteration of consciousness. JAMA. 207(7):1349-50.
- McGuffin M, ed. American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, Fla: CRC Press; 1997:169–170.