The catnip plant (Nepeta cataria) is famous for its ability to attract and enthrall cats. It triggers a euphoric response in felines due to the chemical nepetalactone. It is a naturally occurring substance in the plant, and it has similar effects as other stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. In humans, nepetalactone produces a calming and sedate effect. It may also produce feelings of euphoria and a general feeling of well being. Nepetalactone is not a hallucinogen, but it does act as an opiate and acts on the same receptors that morphine does. It may be used as a substitute for opium or heroin, although this is not recommended since it has the potential to cause addiction.
Some people have started smoking catnip in order to experience these effects in a safer and more natural way. Normally, this involves vaporizing the herb at 212F – 302F. When smoked this way, the effects are much deeper and last for far longer. It can be a pleasant and relaxing high, and it can also help you sleep better at night. It can also be helpful with reducing anxiety and stress levels.
Catnip can be smoked on its own or mixed with other smokable herbs in herbal smoking blends. Many of these blends include other plants that can provide a more balanced high, such as damiana or sage. You may want to experiment with varying the ratios of catnip and other smokable herbs in order to find the one that works best for you.