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Title: Stop Chewing KHAT!!!
Post by: Admin on September 06, 2007, 04:03:51 AM
Khat consumption induces mild euphoria and excitement.
Individuals become very talkative under the influence of the drug and may appear to be unrealistic and emotionally unstable.
Khat can induce manic behaviors and hyperactivity.
Khat is an effective anorectic and its use also results in constipation.
Dilated pupils (mydriasis), which are prominent during khat consumption, reflect the sympathomimetic effects of the drug, which are also reflected in increased heart rate and blood pressure.
A state of drowsy hallucinations (hypnagogic hallucinations) may result coming down from khat use as well.
Withdrawal symptoms that may follow prolonged khat use include lethargy, mild depression, nightmares, and slight tremor.
Long term use can precipitate the following effects: negative impact on liver function, permanent tooth darkening (of a greenish tinge), susceptibility to ulcers, and diminished sex drive.
Khat is usually not an addictive drug, although those who are addicted generally cannot stay without it for more than 4-5 days, feeling tired and having difficulty concentrating.
However, a recent British study found khat to be less dangerous than tobacco and alcohol.

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