Have you ever looked at your cat as it ran around the house and wondered: Is Catnip anything like Cannabis?
Short answer is: No. Long answer: Maybe?
Cannabis and Catnip are not related. They are both leafy and green and plants but that doesn’t mean they are part of the same family. But they do contain chemicals that act in a similar way in the brains of humans and cats respectively.
THC gets us high by activating receptors in the brain, binding to what’s called the endocannabinoid system. Cats also have an endocannabinoid system, so they too can feel the psychoactive effects of cannabis – but contrary to human experience, cannabis is not pleasurable to cats, so let them stick to the ‘nip and do not feed them cannabis.
Catnip’s nepetalactone is absorbed through tissues in the cat’s nasal cavity and creates a domino effect in the brain, affecting areas from the amygdala to the hypothalamus to the pituitary gland. It can make cats feel aggressive, playful, lethargic, or sexually aroused (sorry if catnip is weird now). Vaporizing or brewing catnip into tea is said to have subtly relaxing effects for humans, but the reason catnip intoxicates cats uniquely is because it mimics a pheromone cats are keen to pick up. Hence some of the awkward aforementioned side effects.
However, Catnip like Cannabis does effect each person, or cat, differently. This is probably where much of the confusion comes from.
Just as cats respond differently to catnip (in fact, up to one-third don’t respond to catnip at all due to genetics), humans respond differently to cannabis. A strain that makes one person feel relaxed and anxiety-free can make another feel restless, on-edge, and paranoid. It all comes down to a variety of biological factors unique to each individual.
So the next time you watch Snowball go tearing through the house, you will know why!
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