Khat and synthetic cathinones: a review

  title={Khat and synthetic cathinones: a review},
  author={Maria Jo{\~a}o Valente and Paula Guedes de Pinho and Maria de Lourdes Bastos and F{\'e}lix Carvalho and M{\'a}rcia Carvalho},
  journal={Archives of Toxicology},
For centuries, ‘khat sessions’ have played a key role in the social and cultural traditions among several communities around Saudi Arabia and most East African countries. The identification of cathinone as the main psychoactive compound of khat leaves, exhibiting amphetamine-like pharmacological properties, resulted in the synthesis of several derivatives structurally similar to this so-called natural amphetamine. Synthetic cathinones were primarily developed for therapeutic purposes, but… CONTINUE READING
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