Around 80% of the cathinone and over 90% of the norephedrine are dissolved in chewing. The khat plant is only slightly toxic in small doses, but symptoms can be significant at larger doses. In addition to these global prohibitions and restrictions, individual countries or territories may impose further prohibitions or restrictions on the importation of certain items.You can refer to the Fed Ex Cross Border global lists and the Hong Kong territory-specific list to help determine whether or not your product is prohibited or restricted for shipment.Its most significant intoxicating compounds are cathinone, cathine and norephedrine.Of these substances, cathinone has the strongest psychoactive effect, around 7–10 times stronger than cathine (for the sake of comparison, amphetamine is around 2–10 times stronger than even cathinone).Khat users have been shown to have more dental problems and gum disease than normal, and users have a higher rate of cancers of the digestive system.
As the use of khat spread when people from these areas emigrated to other countries, the significance of traditional rituals decreased, and khat became just another intoxicating substance.
Partly because the use of khat has become more mundane, and the main reason for using it has become purely recreational (which some feel has led to annoying side effects), many European countries – including Finland – have decided to classify khat as a drug, even though its significance in public health terms is relatively slight.
There are estimated to be over 20 million khat users worldwide. Most people consume khat by chewing it to release its active substances into the body. A typical portion for chewing is around 50–100 g and total daily consumption around 100–500 g.
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Its effects start to be felt around an hour after the person starts chewing, and they are reported to last for around 2 to 4 hours.