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khat

(kot),
Local name for tender fresh parts of shrub Catha edulis.
Synonym(s): African tea, Arabian tea

khat

an herbal product taken from a tree found in Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
uses It is used for obesity and gastric ulcers, and as a stimulant to offset depression and fatigue. Its efficacy for these indications is unproven because of insufficient reliable data. Khat causes a psychologically addicting euphoria and cannot be legally imported into the United States.
contraindications It should not be used during pregnancy and lactation, in children, or in those with known hypersensitivity. People with renal, cardiac, or hepatic disease also should avoid its use.
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Khat
Drug slang A regional term for amphetamine
Herbal medicine A shrub with a high content of d-norpseudoephedrine, a CNS stimulant; consumed as a leaf—in a similar fashion to that of coca—khat increases alertness, relieves hunger and fatigue, and produces mild euphoria. See Herbal medicine
Substance abuse The dried bitter leaves of Catha edulis, an evergreen shrub from eastern Africa—e.g., Somalia, Ethiopia—and Yemen; khat is chewed for its stimulatory and euphoric effects by millions in the Saudi peninsula. It contains cathinone—a DEA Schedule I controlled substance—an amphetamine-like alkaloid, which causes excitement, euphoria and anorexia

khat (khät),

n Latin name:
Catha edulis; part used: leaves (raw); uses: stimulant, depression, obesity, stomach ulcers; precautions: patients with kidney disease, heart disease, or liver disease; can cause hepatotoxicity; may cause cerebral hemorrhage; is possibly teratogenic. Khat is illegal in the United States and Great Britain. Also called
cat, chat, gad, kaht, kat, miraa, or
tschut.

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