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April 14, 1969

Of Cats, Catnip, and Cannabis

Author Affiliations

Oshkosh, Wis
Harvard School of Public Health Boston
Boston University School of Medicine Boston
Division of Narcotic Addicition National Institute of Mental Health Chevy Chase, Md
East Aurora, NY
Petoskey, Mich
Grand Rapids, Mich
Long Beach, Calif
Monroe, Mich
of Peoria, Ill
of Miami, Fla
of Mankato, Minn
of Topeka, Kan
of Hackensack, NJ
of Minneapolis
of Columbia, Tenn
of 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