Aug 15, 2010, 2:37:35 AM8/15/10
to Pankaj Kumar, tanay bose, efloraofindia, Flowers of India
Nepetalactone in catnip causes a hallucinogenic effect. Perhaps an answer and parallel may be found in finding how Cannabis, opium and other plants which are used by man are benefited by this. If we know the answer to the second question, the first is automatically answered.
Some more interesting fact about catnit:
It is believed that cats eat catnip to bruise the catnip & therefore release more of the nepetalactone. The high produced will usually last between five & ten minutes.
One interesting fact is that when sniffed, catnip will stimulate kitty, however when eaten it will act as a sedative.
Kittens younger than 8 weeks old aren't able to enjoy it's effects. In fact, they show an aversion to it.
Cats can smell 1 part in a billion in the air.
Cats are better than man in one respect. They won't overdose on it. Most cats know when they've had enough & will refuse any further offers.
Interestingly, researchers say that nepetalactone is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitos than DEET, which is the active ingredient in most insect repellents. It was also discovered that catnip repels cockroaches too!
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
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