Chewing khat (pronounced cot) releases cathinone—a stimulant that can cause a feeling of euphoria, as well as a loss of appetite and an increased heart rate.
University stress and addiction expert, Mustafa al’Absi, Ph.D., says that khat triggers addictive responses similar to nicotine and alcohol.
This poster shows how khat has become a part of life in some areas of the world.
A group of research collaborators at the inaugural symposium for Dr. Mustafa al’Absi's Khat Research Program in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, in December 2009.
Dr. Mustafa al’Absi gives a presentation about his khat research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February 2011.
The khat research collaborators in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.