Dangers of Khat Abuse
Khat is a plant that grows naturally in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula; Yemen, Kenya, and Ethiopia. This plant contains two stimulants called cathinone and cathine that are similar to Amphetamine. Like Amphetamines this drug stimulates the central nervous system and has similar effects and risks.
This drug is most potent in its fresh cut form and is chewed like tobacco. Khat produces Amphetamine-like effects giving the user a sense of euphoria, false sense of well-being, and an increased energy. Users claim to have a heightened hyperactive mania with repeated use, which leads to psychotic episodes and more life threaten.
Some rare cases of Khat abuse, resulting from heavy use are: effects are psychotic episodes of grandiose delusions, believing that one holds qualities of superiority such as power, wealth and fame, as well as reactions of serve anxiety and fear. Khat abuse is also known to lead to paranoia and hallucinations. Just because Khat is a plant, it does not make it safe, it is just as addictive as Cocaine and Methamphetamine.