Catnip and the alteration of human consciousness

Vet Hum Toxicol. 1997 Dec;39(6):373-5.


Uncertainty exists regarding the ability of catnip (Nepeta cataria) to affect human consciousness. We report a case of a toddler exhibiting central nervous system depression after consuming a large quantity of catnip. His obtundation was not attributable to another cause. We review the published literature describing the alleged psychoactive capabilities of catnip and present our case as further information for use in this ongoing controversy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Consciousness / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lamiaceae / poisoning*
  • Male
  • Plants, Medicinal / poisoning*