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April 14, 1969

Of Cats, Catnip, and Cannabis

Author Affiliations
Oshkosh, WisHarvard School of Public Health BostonBoston University School of Medicine BostonDivision of Narcotic Addicition National Institute of Mental Health Chevy Chase, MdEast Aurora, NYChicagoPetoskey, MichGrand Rapids, MichOmahaLong Beach, CalifMonroe, Michof Peoria, Illof Miami, Flaof Mankato, Minnof Topeka, Kanof Hackensack, NJof Minneapolisof Columbia, Tennof Berkeley, Calif, and 855 irate and outraged cats, also noted this unusual phenomenon.
JAMA. 1969;208(2):360. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160020128022

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To the Editor:—  Any farm boy or Boy Scout knows that Fig 1 (207: 1349, 1969) in the article by Basil Jackson, MD, and Alan Reed, MD, actually shows a catnip plant (Nepeta cataria) instead of Cannabis sativa, as labeled.Perhaps one reason for his patients getting high on catnip is their lack of botanical knowledge...., Cats, of course, have been getting high on catnip for years.... Considering The Journal's role as a source of authority in medicine, if the Federal Narcotics Bureau... were to use the figures in question as evidence in the prosecution of cat owners....Has a content analysis been done with a general classification into: Irate, Humorous, or Square? I predict some 143 letters, 2 irate, 134 humorous, and 7 square.One exposing his pet cat to what is termed Cannabis might get the false impression that he was sheltering a feline junkie.Being