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February 17, 1969

Catnip and the Alteration of Consciousness

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Marquette School of Medicine, and Veterans Administration Center, Wood, Wis.

JAMA. 1969;207(7):1349-1350. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150200115019

It has been found that Nepeta cataria (catnip) is now being used for its psychedelic effects. No previous mention of the psychopharmacological effects of this drug have been found in the literature. Patients who had been using cataria regularly, experienced effects very similar to those produced by marihuana.