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Can You Smoke Catnip
Smoke Catnip? Are You Kidding Me?
There are teens out there curious about whether or not smoking catnip can get them high. Parents, it's time to sit down with your kids and have a very serious conversation with them about the dangers of drugs. I don't know, perhaps it's too late already. Apparently, someone out there functioning on the last brain cell they had left wondered, "Dude, the cat seems jacked up after messing with catnip. I wonder if it will get me high too." Then he decided to smoke catnip. He told his friends about smoking catnip. His friends then began to wonder what would happen if they smoked catnip. Really? Is this what is to become of our teens?
This is a topic I stumbled across in trying to research another topic. I bothered me so badly that I felt compelled to mention it and make others aware of it. This is by no means an endorsement, it is quite the opposite. I am dumbfounded at how stupid some kids can be! God knows, I was there once too and I'm amazed I lived through it, but really, where does common sense come into play?
I'm shocked. I'm dumbfounded. I wanted to share this with other parents. I'm not even adding any kind of monetization of any kind to this post of my own. It would be rather reckless of me to advertise catnip. Maybe an I.Q. test for teens would be appropriate? (I'm speaking tongue-in-cheek of course)
Effects of Smoking Catnip
If you're wondering about this, then it may be too late for you already.
I'm going to lock my kids in the house and never let them out again. I was trying to prepare to write an article about citronella and entered 'citronella' into my keyword research tool. To my amazement, the term 'smoking catnip' appeared in the list. I thought to myself, "No, this cannot be what I think it is. Not even teens are that stupid. Are they?" So I went to Google and entered 'smoking catnip' into the search box. I'm so sad. It was exactly what I thought it was. There are even YouTube results for the keyword.
I have to give credit that many of man's greatest inventions and breakthroughs came from one man's bravery and daring to attempt what none had done before him; even if it seemed incredibly stupid. After all, just how hungry was the first person to eat an oyster? How hungry was the first person to eat moldy bread? What an incredible observation that these people eating moldy bread seemed to get better rather than sicker.
There are other first people that achieved things that may not have been as great as discovering penicillin or oysters on the half-shell and still may not serve a functional purpose but are still impressive nonetheless. For instance, who was the first person to try to break a brick on his head? My guess that he wasn't too bright and I'm almost certain that alcohol had to have been involved. But there are people out there who take this idea to a new discipline. Yeah, not for me. I'm impressed when I see someone do it, but I still walk away thinking they are an idiot.
For your informational purposes, I'm going to show a few video results from my Google query on 'smoking catnip.' Enjoy?
YouTube Results for Smoking Catnip
At the time of this post, 3/29/11, there are 185 search results on YouTube alone for the topic. If I search on Google doing a phrase search (that is with the keyword in quotes), there are 9,810 results. Is this a sign of our times?
Kids Smoking Catnip - Is this what you get when you pay for a college education?
These are teens recording themselves in their natural environment. If language offends you, skip it.
I wonder if their parents have seen this video?
Smoking Catnip - Does he do everything people suggest he do?
This guy tries smoking catnip at one of his YouTube viewer's suggestion and videos it. He gags and coughs his way through it (really, what did you expect smoking catnip would be like?) but manages to soldier through it. Here is a quote from the video description:
Youtube user brendan531 (aka BaboonSkwad) suggested I smoke some catnip.
Yeah, not a great idea.
I didn't get high, but it got me hella sick, followed by a huge headache.
Can You Get High Off of Catnip? - Young girl poses the question in her video log.
In the video description, she denies wanting to try smoking it, but in the video she admits to having tried to eat it. Okay...
What are your thoughts about this as a parent? Do you think that with shows like "Jackass" on television that kids are more prone towards videoing themselves doing stupid things and posting it online? What can we do about all of this?