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Khat is a plant contains a cathinone - stimulating psychoactive substance. Khat leaves can be chewed to obtain the psychoactive effects of the plant. Cathinone as a pure substance can be separated from the leaves of the plant.


Cathinone is unstable and broken dowm to pyrazine with basic conditions[1][2]


For centuries, religious leaders have consumed the leaves to stay awake during long nights of prayer.[3]

External links

  1. Phenethylamine - Von der Struktur zur Funktion. Chapter 3.5
  2. S. Gabriel Ber. Dtsch. Chem. Ges. 1908, 41, 1127