What Is Khat

Khat is a stimulant with similar effects to amphetamine. It comes from a leafy green plant of the same name. Used mostly in Africa, Khat is getting more common in Europe particularly in immigrant communities. Khat is a leaf which is chewed over a number of hours. Because Khat comes in recognisable leaf form, it can’t be cut with anything.

Effects And Risks Of Taking Khat

Effects of Khat:

  • Khat is a stimulant and chewing it can make people feel more alert and talkative.
  • It can also suppress the appetite.
  • Although it’s a stimulant, many users report a feeling of calm if it’s chewed over a few hours. Some describe it as being ‘blissed out’.

Risks of Using Khat:

  • If you use it a lot, you may develop insomnia, heart problems and sexual problems like impotence.
  • It can give you feelings of anxiety and aggression.
  • Some people find it makes them irritable, in some cases very angry and even violent.
  • It can make pre-existing mental health problems worse.
  • Those with other problems such as unemployment may be more prone to excessive use.

Is Khat Addictive

Khat can make a user psychologically dependent so when they stop using it they feel depressed.

The Law And Khat

Khat is not an illegal drug in the UK. It can be used or traded without penalty. Khat is an illegal substance in many other countries like the US. Taking khat into the US could attract a heavy prison sentence.