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Khat Category: Stimulants

Also called: quat, qat, ghat, catha edulis, qaakda.

How it’s used

Khat is a stimulant (‘upper’) with similar effects to amphetamine. It comes from a leafy green plant of the same name. The fresher the leaves, the stronger the effect. You chew the leaf over a number of hours.

Short-term effects

Long-term effects

Other dangers

You may risk bronchitis, breathing problems and some cancers

If you are pregnant

If you take khat while pregnant your baby may be born early and in distress. 


Can be psychologically addictive so you feel you can’t cope without it


You can become depressed if you stop taking it regularly

What help is available?

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