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  • n  the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant

  • Under medical treatment in Rome, the ailing Imam of Yemen, 67, was suffering from arthritis, also reportedly from the effects of chewing too many qat leaves (a common Middle .
  • An Adenese chieftain, the Sharif of Beiham, had asked that a frontier customs post be set up to tap the rich stream of smuggled coffee, skins and qat (an Arabian drug) which kept .
  • Like many Yemenites, Ahmad chewed qat, a narcotic shrub similar to marijuana, and switched to morphine in 1953heroically breaking the habit six years later.
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  • Britain to ban stimulant qat leaves
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will ban qat, the leafy plant whose leaves are widely chewed in Yemen and the Horn of Africa for their mild stimulant effect. The decision, announced on Wednesday by Home Secretary Theresa May, goes against the recommendation of the government's official drugs advisory body, which had argued there was little evidence of health problems. Qat, or khat, is already banned ...
    July 3, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • England: Herbal Stimulant Is Banned
    The British government said Wednesday that it was banning qat, an herbal stimulant, despite advice against such a step by an official advisory body.
    July 3, 2013 - New York Times

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