Khat is a drug derived from a plant, the Catha Edulis, that is common in East Africa and the southern portion of the Arab peninsula. The shrub itself is not considered a controlled substances; but, because one of the chemicals found within the leaves, Cathinone, is a Schedule I drug (a controlled substance with no recognized therapeutic use), Khat use is illegal in the United States. It is considered a stimulant that has similar effects to amphetamines.

Side effects of khat abuse can include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, and dilated pupils. This increases the risk of heart attack and stroke during even short-term use of the drug.

Khat Side Effects

Immediate Effects from Taking Khat:

  • Increased in heart rate
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Feelings of Euphoria
  • Hyperactive Behavior
  • Decrease in appetite

Long-term Khat Side Effects:

  • Depression
  • Hallucinations  and/or Psychosis (in some cases)
  • Impaired Inhibitory Control
  • Increase of Risk for Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Oral Cancer

Possible Dangerous Effects of Khat:

Death and stroke are possible following acute coronary syndrome. This can result from impaired insight into symptoms by the khat chewer, delay to care, or poorly understood pathophysiological mechanisms.

Ongoing use of khat and associated drugs such as bath salts result in effects similar to amphetamines: psychosis, heart problems, dizziness, ulcers, malnutrition, mood disorders, and loss of coordination.

Khat Addiction Treatment

Khat addiction treatment is available for those who suffer from chronic abuse. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is commonly used to deal with and reduce the psychological effects following detoxification.

Call now if you or a loved one is suffering from khat addiction. Our supportive team is here to help. We can discuss your individual situation and can help get you placed in a drug treatment center that meets your individual needs.

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