AKA: QUAT, QAT, QAADKA, CHAT.
What is Khat?
Khat is a leafy green plant containing two main stimulants which speed up your mind and body. Their main effects are similar to, but less powerful than, amphetamine (speed). Khat is used mostly in Africa, but it is becoming more common in Europe.
What does Khat look like?
Khat is a leafy green plant.
How is khat taken?
A small bunch of its leaves are ‘balled up’ and chewed over a number of hours.
What are the effects of khat?
Khat is a stimulant and chewing it can:
What are the risks of khat?
Because khat is a plant, some people think that it is safe to use. But using any drug involves risk. Here’s what it could do to you:
Because khat comes in recognisable leaf form, it can’t easily be cut with anything.
Can you get addicted to khat?
Khat can make a user psychologically dependent (with craving and a desire to keep using in spite of potential harm). When some users stop using they can feel lethargic or mildly depressed and may have a withdrawal period with fine tremors and nightmares.
Khat and the law
On 24 June 2014 khat becomes a Class C drug which means it is illegal to have or to supply khat.
It is also be an offence to bring khat into the country, so if you’ve been abroad to a country where khat is legal you cannot bring it back to the UK with you.
Khat factsheets are available in Amharic, Arabic, English, Somali and Swahili for information on the reasons for the ban, penalties for possession, and where to go for advice and support. They can be used by individuals and local, voluntary or other organisations working in health, prevention, social care and law enforcement.
What if you’re caught?
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