Catnip Extraction Procedure
The legendary Tenderbuttoner just sent me an intriguing email, and I must interupt my blogging of Azaspriacid to let you all in:
Greetings. In the absence of my little tenderbutton.com I have no outlet for my random chemistry-related projects, so I’m reaching out to the rest of the chembloggers on this one. I’m advertising my latest scheme to take over the world, a DIY procedure to isolate pure nepetalactone, the active ingredient in catnip, using only itemsfound around the house. Soon every enterprising individual in the world will be commanding their own army of cats.
Interesting stuff. I’d like to give making the stuff a go, but isolating it is cool enough. Also, I’m not sure how many peasants I want doing steam distillations – could be a bit Cowboy Chemistry…
Now, what to do with 1000 cats. I could do as Terry Pratchett once suggested – glue them all together and spin them against plastic to make a massive static electricity generator… Thoughts?