What about catnip makes cats high
Catnip is a member of the mint family. Like many other herbs, catnip has natural compounds that can have powerful effects on cats.
Researchers have found that catnip contains a chemical called nepetalactone. Cats have an enzyme called cytochrome P450 that converts n-heptane, a component of catnip, into the compound nepetalactone. When a cat comes into contact with catnip, the cat’s body converts the chemical into the active ingredient. This causes the cat to become hyperactive or “high.”
Catnip is not the only herb that can cause cats to become hyperactive. Many other herbs and plants contain compounds that can cause cats to become “high.” However, catnip is the plant most often found in homes and gardens.
What happens when cats get high?
Cats will become hyperactive and may exhibit unusual behaviors, including the following:
How the Law Treats Catnip and Cat Acts
The U.S. Criminal Code, 17 U.S.C. § 784, prohibits the use of certain drugs in order to control the actions of a person. The act is based on the theory that people who can’t control themselves are dangerous to others. The code specifies that a person is guilty of violating section 784 if he intentionally uses or possesses “a controlled substance in a manner not authorized by the law.”
The law also provides that section 784 applies to controlled substances, including “a plant, whether growing or not, that is indigenous to the territory of the United States and that is either the part of the plant known as the root or any part of the plant that is identical with the root.”
In addition to the criminal law, section 784 also prohibits “knowingly possessing any plant that is a controlled substance.” This means that a person can be charged with a crime for possessing catnip even if the person did not know the herb was a controlled substance.
The maximum penalty for violating section 784 is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Are there any defenses to a criminal charge under section 784?
A person charged with violating section 784 cannot rely on the defense of reasonable mistake of fact. This means that if the person charged knew the plant in question was a controlled substance, she cannot argue that she mistakenly believed the herb was legal.
What Evidence Must the Government Prove to Convince a Jury?
The government must prove that:
The defendant knowingly possessed a controlled substance.
The defendant knew the substance was a controlled substance.
The defendant knew the substance was a controlled substance. The defendant engaged in a knowing act of possession.
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