Sunday, March 29, 2009


Khat (Catha edulis) is a herbal substance containing may different compounds. Its main effects are due to two compounds with stimulant properties similar to, but less powerful than, amphetamines. Stimulants speed up your mind and body. It comes from a leafy green plant of the same name. Used mostly in Africa, Khat is becoming more common in Europe - particularly in some immigrant communities.

Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Khat, quat, qat, qaadka, chat.

The effects
. Khat is a stimulant and chewing it can make people more alert and talkative and can produce feelings of elation.
. 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'.

Chances of getting hooked
Khat can make a user psychologically dependent (with a desire to keep using in spite of potential harm). When they stop using they may feel lethargic or mildly depressed.

Appearance and use
Khat is a leaf which is chewed over a number of hours

The risks
*If you use it a lot, you may develop insomnia, high blood pressure and heart problems and sexual problems like impotence. There’s also a longer-term risk of development of mouth cancers.
*It can give you feelings of anxiety and aggression.
* It can make pre-existing mental health problems worse and can cause paranoid and psychotic reactions (which may be associated with irritability, anxiety and losing touch with reality).


  1. mmm i said that khatcan be a drug and also not.
    Dependent on you

  2. but please keep in mind that this blog provides information from the Islamic perspective, according to which Khat is a drug.