RELATED TERMS: 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.
The key effects and risks of khat include:
- People feel more alert, happy and talkative.
- It suppresses the appetite.
- It can cause insomnia and can make pre-existing mental health problems worse and can cause paranoid and psychotic reactions (losing touch with reality).
Update: On June 24th 2014 Khat will become a Class C drug.
What does Khat look like?
Khat is a leafy green plant.