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What is khat?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
African: plant. Leaves are chewed. Similar to cocaine or caffeine (a stimulant) psychologically addicting. Would suggest avoiding it as it can produce anxiety and aggressive behavior.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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A plant: found mostly in East Africa, which contains a series of chemicals known as "cathinones." These are stimulants that work pretty much like our own adrenaline does, or like other stimulants (cocaine and amphetamines) to produce increases wakefulness, less need for sleep, and increased focus and attention. When chewed or brewed into a tea it is mild, but concern with abuse has led to illegality.

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