Betel: consumption and consequences.

  title={Betel: consumption and consequences.},
  author={Scott Norton},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology},
  volume={38 1},
  • Scott Norton
  • Published 1998 in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Betel is a compound of natural substances chewed for its psychostimulating effects. Betel is composed of the nut of the areca palm (Areca catechu), the leaf of the betel pepper (Piper betle), and lime (calcium hydroxide). Approximately 200 million persons chew betel regularly throughout the western Pacific basin and south Asia. Only three drugs (nicotine, ethanol, and caffeine) are consumed more widely than betel. When betel is chewed, it produces mild psychoactive and cholinergic effects… CONTINUE READING