So, sometimes the writer wants to show a character [[IntoxicationEnsues acting stoned, drunk]] or [[MushroomSamba hallucinating]] for the purpose of [[PlayedForLaughs comedy.]] When the character in question is a cat or other feline, the "drug" of choice will often be plain ol' catnip.

This has several advantages. For starters, it prevents the writers from having to put any "[[GRatedDrug real]]" drugs into the story to get the desired result, and secondly, for [[TalkingAnimal talking]] or [[FunnyAnimal humanoid]] felines, it serves as a FurryReminder, giving an otherwise human-acting animal a realistic behavioural quirk for their species. Such a scene can also be used to avert the [[CatsAreSuperior snobby]], uptight stereotype often associated with cats.

If you really want to sneak past the radar, show Anthropomorphic cats smuggling/hiding catnip as if it were an illegal drug. If a normal human can get high off the stuff, it may serve to enforce an AnimalMotif or give an impression of general [[CloudCuckoolander quirkiness]].

This is TruthInTelevision. Catnip can have a soothing effect on humans and has often been brewed into tea and, yes, even smoked. It is a muscle relaxant, and catnip and hop brew makes a good sauna water additive.

SubTrope of GRatedDrug, ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin.


* Was part of a Christmas-themed Petco commericial a few years back.
-->'''Cat:''' I smell catnip!\\
'''Dog:''' [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Don't inhale!]]\\
'''Cat:''' Too late... whooo!

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime featured this with "poké-nip." [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ash's Bulbasaur]] smelled some in one episode, at which point it got a big, goofy grin on its face, walked over to Ash and nuzzled against his legs.
* ''[[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Blade: Hide 'n Seek]]''. Done to [[ Elina by Nyx]] to comedic effect when she surprises her with catnip powder, after learning Elina was susceptible to it. The accompanying flashback even reveals that her sisters used to use it to keep her under control. Sadly for Nyx, it backfires when [[spoiler:[[RapeDiscretionShot Elina rapes her]] [[BlackComedyRape while under the influence]]]].
* In ''Manga/HyperPolice'' catnip tea is Natsuke Sasahara's usual choice of intoxicating beverage.
* A filler episode of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' has a villain incapacitate Kilala with catnip. Some translations use Silver Vine (Actinidia) instead, an Asian plant with a similar effect upon felines.
* Happens in the dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', when Gatomon picks some catnip to heal Hawkmon. A few scenes later, Hawkmon is alert and active.
-->'''Gatomon''': I found catnip; it cures it all!
* This gag appears in one of the ''Manga/MaidenRose'' bonus comics, where a chemical weapon attack against the [[LittleBitBeastly cat side]] is actually bombing them with catnip, to great effect.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Despite being human, Ranma is just as susceptible to catnip as any other cat while under the trance of the Cat Fist[=/=]Nekoken (which turns him, mentally, into a cat.) It once stopped his berserk rampage at school and made him playful and affectionate... too affectionate, as he happily leapt into Akane's lap and rubbed his face against hers, giving her a mock "kiss" in front of the entire school.
** In another story, Maomolin the giant Ghost Cat wants Ranma to stay away from the Cat Shrine, where he's holding Shampoo captive until he can turn her into a cat. So, he brings gifts to the Tendo home and breaks a capsule of a mysterious powder that covers Ranma. Maomolin goes into a brief high, but Ranma and Akane don't notice that the powder was catnip essence until they're assailed by [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes dozens of cats]].
*** Later in the story, Ranma stuffs a coat with catnip in order to draw away the hordes of cats while he rescues Shampoo. When Akane questions ThePlan, considering Ranma's ailurophobia, he promptly puts the coat on her so ''she'' pulls the cats away while he goes and kisses Shampoo (long story.) Annoyed, Akane puts the coat back on ''him'', tosses him at the cats, and simply takes the cat-covered coat off him and tosses it away to get rid of the felines.
* One chapter of ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' has samurai catgirl Himari take a catnip-based medicine to recover from some injuries. The drug reverts her mind to an animal state and she spends the night trying to play with Yuuto.
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Shizuka Nekonome has been occasionally seen with a bottle of 'catnip wine'. Her behaviour during such times... predictable.
* [[CatGirl Eris]] in ''Anime/CatPlanetCuties'' accidentally got into some catnip. Considering that it made her hyper ([[GenkiGirl well, more hyper than usual]]) it came across as being closer to an analogy for cocaine than pot.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'', Alley-Kat-Abra/Felina Furr actually gets a catnip high, tells her team-mate Captain Carrot/R. R. Rabbit that he is "really cute, but would be cuter if he was a cat," uses her magic powers to ''turn him into one'', and offers him some catnip. No, this comic wasn't from [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo]]...
* In ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg'', while serving as mayor of Chicago, Raul (an actual cat, albeit an intelligent talking one) becomes addicted to Gato Blotto™, a super-potent variety of catnip.
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'': Fat Freddy walks in with a little plastic bag full of crumbled leaves - his cat sniffs it and starts leaping and cavorting with delirious joy. Freddy bawls "I spent my last fifteen dollars on ''catnip!''"

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Used [[ several times]] in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. One early Sunday strip takes a more literal approach to this: Garfield (looking visibly stoned) silently stares at his waterbowl as strange things appear entering and exiting it. The last panel has Garfield saying "That was some good catnip". Not surprisingly, the strip was never published after the comic premiered in 1978, though it was featured in the 25th anniversary book for the series.
* ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' has this a few times.
-->'''Bucky''': [[ContemplatingYourHands Have you ever, like, really looked at your paws? Like,]] ''[[ContemplatingYourHands really]]'' [[ContemplatingYourHands looked at them?]] Whoaa...\\
'''Rob''': Bucky get into the catnip again?\\
'''Satchel''': Yeah, he's kinda loopy right now.
* This is a periodic source of humor in ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Smurfnip Madness", Gargamel sees his cat Azrael staggering to the door, baked on catnip.
* The ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fic ''[[ Nip]]'' is about Yang spraying catnip on [[CatGirl Blake]]'s pillow to troll her.
** [[ Another fanfic]] has a similar plot, but is much, [[DoorStopper MUCH]] longer and this time involves Weiss' (catnip-spiked) shampoo. HilarityEnsues, as does [[SlapSlapKiss a tenuous romantic relationship]] between Weiss and Blake.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', guards capture Shrek and friends and one finds a bag of catnip on Puss In Boots' person. Puss denies that it's his.
* The joke is repeated in ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''. Puss claims it's for his glaucoma.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A scene in ''Film/CatsAndDogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore'' has the heroes visit the house of a CrazyCatLady. Turns out a) cat ladies are such enablers for catnip addiction, b) cats on catnip act like [[StonersAreFunny comedic-variant stoners]].
* ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' has a scene where the titular character reacts very... strangely to catnip.

%%* Occurs in ''[[Literature/CaptainUnderpants Super Diaper Baby]] 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers''.
* In ''Literature/TailchasersSong'', a naive Tailchaser overdoses and passes out.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** ''Warrior Cats'' pretty much averts this. It appears in the books and is used as a medicinal herb to help cats with greencough relax (though Fireheart in the first series remembers it from when he was a kitten and is extremely tempted to bite down on it when carrying some back). The authors have commented that, while they touch upon several serious topics in the series, one that will almost certainly never appear is drugs in any form.
** In Moth Flight's Vision, it finally gets played straight. Moth Flight, having never used catmint before and no idea what the proper dose is, guesses and ends up giving Rocky too much. The old cat gets high and plays like a kit, and tries hilariously to find any excuse to get some throughout the rest of the book.
* There's a brief mention near the start of ''The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency'' of a hippy commune of cats who were growing catnip but were able to show the authorities it was for personal use.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Referenced in ''Series/RedDwarf'': Cat comments on how the unreality pockets in "Out of Time" are worse/weirder than triple strength catnip.
* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' Salem claims that a party got out of hand when "someone brought catnip". In another episode a female talking cat at a witch gathering got drunk off catnip.
* In ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', a female cat is turned into an attractive young woman, who gains the attention of another young man before Samantha can change her back. Samantha 'spikes' the cat's drink with catnip, and the resulting intoxication (and angry hissing when the young man takes it away) is enough to cool his ardor.

* The song [[ "Substance Abuse"]] by {{Dubstep}} duo Dodge and Fuski includes a sample of a man talking about catnip in the same style as a scientist in an anti-drug film from the 50s or 60s.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' parody art sometimes involves getting [[CatGirl Juhani]] good and baked on nip, usually in the context of Revan trying to take the edge off her temper.
* Hazama's gag reel in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' has him bathing in Spanish catnip. While Hazama himself isn't affected by it, when he goes to the Kaka village to cause some trouble, every one of its inhabitants exhibits strange behavior, as if getting high off the aroma. And then Jubei and Kokonoe get involved, and his cat allergies start to catch up. [[HilarityEnsues Things only get more wack from there]]...

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Played with in an episode of ''WebAnimation/CatFace''. The title character rubs himself against some catnip, following with a close-up of his dilating eyes and psychedelic music, implying he's going on a trip. Then it automatically zooms out and Cat Face tells Box Cat to stop playing the "crappy music". After yelling at his friend, Cat Face flies up and purrs until he runs into a lit lightbulb. ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext.
* [[ This]] episode of ''WebAnimation/SimonsCat''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GeneCatlow'', the eponymous character avoids catnip for this reason.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has the mini-arc "[[ Catnip]]"; also, the plant itself reappeared later.
* Subverted, oddly enough, in ''Webcomic/TwoLumps'', which is actually ''about two cats'', where the cat that appears to be high on catnip has actually been [[ drinking vodka]].
** Though played straight in [[ this strip]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[ Percy on catnip]]. [[ with quite strong reactions]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', resident CatGirl Meulin wonders if she "toked on some bad nip" [[spoiler: after experiencing Kurloz's mind control]], which at least implies that she's done it before.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endtown}}'', we see a background character kicked out of a restaurant [[ here]] for being high on catnip.
* In ''Webcomic/FurWillFly'', Natalie had a habit of smoking catnip cigarettes, until her apartment complex banned smoking.
* In ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'', not only are feline Cyantians susceptible to catnip but so are some foxes, particularly Khaelis who ends up naked and playing fetch after Julie discovers his weakness.
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[ a cat assumes]] this trope is in play.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Apparently, Dora's cat Mieville in [[ this]] strip.
-->'''Dora:''' You're useless when you're high on catnip, you know that?\\
'''Mieville:''' Mewww mew?\\
'''Dora:''' No, I will NOT put on [[Music/PinkFloyd Dark Side of the Moon]] and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' for you. Goddamned stoner cat.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[ This]] episode of ''Talking Kitty Cat''. He tears open a small bag of catnip and sometime later goes completely catatonic, with visual effects simulating a catnip trip.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Played straight in the 'Fionna and Cake' episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Cake is handed a bag of catnip, and she sniffs it, after which her pupils dilate and she remarks, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "SWEET BABIES..."]]
* Parodied in the "Cat Orgy" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Mr. Kitty brings her tomcat friends in the house, dumps catnip on the floor, and one of the cats ''snorts it''. And then... Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin see the episode's title]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', catnip causes the Cat Lady's cats to have a sudden dance party.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' episode "The Metallikats" opens with a gang of mobsters smuggling, well, catnip. Specifically, it shows a gang member who has clearly just tested his shipment proclaiming it "the good stuff" and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything rubbing powder from under his nose.]] We also see mob boss Katscratch giggling like an idiot while playing with one of the catnip balls.
* One Creator/{{Terrytoons}}:
** One short was about a cat who goes through a DisneyAcidSequence after sniffing some catnip.
** A Little Roquefort cartoon had Roquefort's feline nemesis Percy becoming best friends with him after inhaling catnip.
* An entire episode of ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' centered around Larry and Kate's assumptions that their daughter was smoking catnip. They ended up accidentally ingesting it themselves, and rather... pot-like effects took hold.
* One ''WesternAnimation/KidVsKat'' cartoon had Mr. Kat trying to grow his catnip faster, with strange results.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Catnip works on the feline brain similarly to how marijuana works on the human brain. However, the effects are much more short-lived. Some rare cats are naturally immune to its effects though, and even normal cats will become immune for a while if they're constantly exposed to it. It also has a calming effect on humans, and is a common ingredient in "calming" teas. It's not as pronounced, but the chemical effects are similar to how it works on cats. And yes, catnip '''does''' [[ have that effect on the larger cats]] like tigers, lions, leopards and pumas.
* Valerian (the herb) has the same effect as catnip. In some countries such as Russia, valerian is the cats' drug of choice in popular perception. Especially because it is readily available in drugstores as an over-the-counter anxiolytic, hence, cats can readily obtain valerian from their masters' closets.