Khat

WHAT IS IT?

Khat is a stimulant drug made from the leaves and twigs of theĀ evergreen shrub. The active ingredients in khat are cathine and cathinone.

STREET NAMES

Abyssinian Tea, African Salad, Catha, Chat, Kat, Miraa, Oat, Qat, Quaadka

HOW IT IS TAKEN

Khat can be chewed, used in a tea or chewable paste, smoked, or sprinkled on food.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Manic behavior with grandiose delusions
  • Chronic use can cause depression and suicide
  • Hallucinations, paranoia, nightmares
  • Euphoria, increased alertness and energy, hyperactivity
  • Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
  • Cardiac complications
  • Insomnia, gastric disorders

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/khat