Frankly Freddie – go bonkers

I’m worried.  Peggy & Judy are promoting a recreational drug.

Did you know that some cats get euphoric, others are sedated and EVEN drool when they sniff catnip?  Some veterinarians think that the moans cats make while exposed to catnip are responses to chemically induced hallucinations!

When a human has hallucinations and drools it’s a problem but when cats take recreational drugs humans think it’s cute.

Freddie Parker Westerfield, Consumer Reporter

I looked up catnip and here’s some startling information I found:

  • Smoking catnip became popular as an alternative to marijuana in the 1960s. When the herb is smoked, it produces a low level, legal high complete with audio/visual hallucinations and a relaxed feeling. Concentrated doses of Nepeta cataria brewed as a tea can also produce a mild, short-term sedative effect in humans.”
  • Leaves from Nepeta cataria or nepetalactone oil extracts are used by cat owners to provoke their pets. 
  • Catnip, in large enough quantities, will also work as an attractant for large cats like lions and tigers.
  • Europeans in the 1400s regularly drank teas made from catnip, with the herb earning a medicinal application for treatment of colic and flatulence. Nepeta cataria is a member of the mint family, with tea brewed that possesses a flavor and smell similar to mint tea
  • Made into a tea, catnip has calming properties similar to chamomile.
  • Concentrated nepetalactone also makes for a powerful mosquito repellent. However, it lasts just a few hours.

Catnip serves no real purpose other than allowing owners to watch their cats go bonkers

Catnip should be a controlled substance and this blog name should be changed to FreddieBlog

I rest my case.

 

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What hallucination reveals about our minds

In the last weeks of my father’s life he told me about a man who would come into his house at night and lay down in the bed next to him.  Frightened, he would call the authorities.  

It was the first of many hallucinations, some benign, many terrifying, he experienced before he passed.  I learned it was futile to try to convince him that what he saw hadn’t been real.  I wish I had heard this TedTalk to help me better understand what was happening.

Oliver Sacks has passed but his experiences, wisdom and compassion remains with us in his talks and books.  You might know about him from Robin Williams portrayal in the Movie Awakenings.  Take a look and listen to Dr. Sacks’ TedTalk:

“Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnet syndrome — when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.”

 jw