Catha Edulis: Ingestion methods

Last modified: Thursday, 25. December 2008 - 9:37 am

Khat leaves are typically chewed like tobacco. Users fill the mouth with fresh leaves that they chew to release the active ingredients. Khat is also sold as dried or crushed leaves, frozen leaves, or in powdered form.

Another method of ingesting khat is by chewing a paste made of khat leaves, water, and sugar or honey, sometimes flavored with herbs. A tea made from the flowers of the khat plant — “flower of paradise” in Yemen — is considered restorative. In addition, the leaves are sometimes added to plain tea, or smoked in combination with tobacco. Ethiopians often drink a juice extract made from khat leaves.

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