I made a 5x concentrate of catnip
yesterday and laid it back on the plant material.
I did it by lightly toasting the material in a wok before I boiled them for hours and reduced it to an almost black sludge. I could tell the oils were being extracted because of the sheen of oil on top of the water. Also, I figured the method could roughly follow the procedures for making other plants with trichomes containing desirable oils water-soluble. I removed the plant matter about halfway through and proceeded to reduce the water, then tossed fresh plant matter with the concentrated juice until it was well-coated and absorbed. Then I spread all this out on a sheet pan and dried it in the oven on its lowest setting.
The resulting material smoked efficiently, tasted clean, produced a moderate relaxed high (even tingly feelings around my head and some euphoria
) but left something to be desired.
I think I get a better effect from the tea. I would have to say that although the oils may not be water soluble, they do seem to mechanically separate through boiling a well-dessicated, quality material.
The effect of the tea is more akin to ingesting cannabis
vs. smoking it... it lasts longer, is a fuller high, a bit more bodily and with more marked sedation and relaxation. It's hard to compare doses, but I can tell you that if you smoke any appreciable amount of catnip, those oils are irritating to the lungs like they are to the mucous membranes. I woke up early in the morning, wheezing and coughing, with a pneumonia-like tightness in my air sacs, which has since passed.
Ingesting catnip is far more beneficial to your health- it's really good for digestion and stimulating appetite.
I still have a good amount of the concentrated product that I'm gonna use strictly for tea, so the reduction and all turned out to be sort of pointless, but maybe it would make a good chew.. I thought about eating loads of it too.
How much is a quid? I couldn't get a real figure.. is that like saying, "a plug of chewing tobacco
" over here in the U.S.? As in, the amount you can hold in your lip roughly?