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KIKIT Pathways to Recovery

Drug & Alcohol Support Service


What is Khat?

Khat is a leafy green plant, grown in Africa and Yemen. It goes by various different names. Among these are Kat, Qat, Ghat and Chat.

Khat is used mostly in Africa, but it is becoming more common in Europe.

Sold in bundles, usually wrapped in banana leaves, Khat leaves are chewed or smoked. It can also be added to tea or food when dried.

It is a stimulant with similar effects to amphetamine. Stimulants speed up your mind and body, making the user more alert and energized.


Due to Khat being a plant, some people think that it is safe to use. But using any drug involves risk.

Immediate effects

  • Happy feeling
  • More alert and energized
  • Talkative
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure
  • Manic behaviour

Long-term effects

  • Stained teeth

  • Severe weight loss, anorexia
  • Depression
  • Infrequent hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Slowed reactions
  • Increases risk of heart problems
  • Oral cancer

And ultimately

  • Death and stroke following acute coronary syndrome


Khat can make the user psychologically dependent (with craving and a desire to keep using in spite of potential harm). When some users stop using they can feel lethargic or mildly depressed and may have a withdrawal period with fine tremors and nightmares.

Legal Status?

It has been banned in the USA, Canada Norway, Sweden and most recently Netherlands, with other countries growing increasingly concerned.

From 24th June Khat was categorised as an ILLEGAL Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 within the UK.

Class C drugs carry 2 years in prison and fine for possession and up to 14 years for supply.

Support for KHAT

KIKIT Pathways to Recovery provide tier 2 and 3 support for anyone that needs help with KHAT Addiction.

click here to see Khat Poster