[Khat: from traditional usage to risk of drug addiction].

  title={[Khat: from traditional usage to risk of drug addiction].},
  author={F. Adam and N Hasselot},
  journal={Medecine tropicale : revue du Corps de sante colonial},
  volume={54 2},
In much of East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, the leaves of the qat tree (Catha edulis Forsk) are highly prized for their euphoric effects. Use is deeply anchored in regional customs and traditions. Once controversial, the chemical properties of qat are now well-documented; the active agent responsible for the physical and mental effects observed when the leaves are chewed is cathinone or alpha-aminopropiophenone. According to the definition of the World Health Organization, qat is not… CONTINUE READING