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khat

(kot),
Local name for tender fresh parts of shrub Catha edulis.
Synonym(s): African tea, Arabian tea
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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
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Such scenes lend weight to those arguing that more important than any energising effects khat might have is the way it dulls senses afterwards, as well as typically leading to dependency at the detriment of gainful employment.
Commenting, Capt Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: "As well as catering for Al Khat's existing high-profile clients in the region and beyond, its first overseas production plant in Kizad can, in the future, also support the increasing number of food businesses within the zone, looking for quality printing and packaging materials.
A spokesman for Mo said: "Mo talked openly about one occasion back in 2003 when he visited Somalia and tried khat - a natural, traditional Somali stimulant that is used widely in that country and until June 2014 was on sale in the UK.
Conclusion: The current prevalence of khat chewing was found to be high.
Khat is Ethiopia's second-biggest export behind coffee, with heavy traffic to neighbouring Djibouti and Somalia.
Epidemiological studies carried out in Yemen showed that the occasional and regular mothers' users of Khat especially during pregnancy gave a significant low birth-weight babies compared to the non- Khat users (Eriksson et al.).
'Any export, import, transportation, display, sale or consumption of the khat plant is banned in Cambodia,' it reads.
The World Health Organisation classified Khat as a drug of abuse in 1980.
Khat is a leafy green plant containing two main stimulant drugs, which speed up your mind and body.
Laura Croft, prosecuting, said: "This is a charge related to the alleged importation of a class C drug called khat into the UK by air.
A common effect of khat use is insomnia, a condition that the users some times to overcome with sedatives and alcohol.
But when he was asked whether he had been given anything to carry, he immediately admitted: "Yes, I've got khat in there.