Khat

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Khat, qat, gat or Miraa (Catha edulis, family Celastraceae; pronounced /ˈkɑːt/, kaht; Arabic: قات qāt; Hebrew: קאת, qat; Ge'ez ጫት č̣āt; Somali: qaad) is a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Khat contains the alkaloid called cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite, and euphoria. In 1980, the World Health Organization classified khat as a drug of abuse that can produce mild to moderate psychological dependence (less than tobacco or alcohol) [1]. The plant has been targeted by anti-drug organizations like the DEA.[2] It is a controlled or illegal substance in many countries, but is legal for sale and production in many others.

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