Yes it is. The aged do not sit idle in northern Yemen. You should talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this product. There is conflicting evidence regarding the extent to which some health problems eg, anxiety, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease are due to regular khat use as opposed to social health determinants, such as the social isolation, poverty, poor nutrition and high rates of smoking among displaced migrant communities.
Inthe Marxist government of South Yemen attempted to do away with Khat because of the laziness it allegedly inspired.
This has been generally accepted by the population, with the exception of the people in the southwestern region of Jazan. Economic Prior to the expansion of the Khat trade, coffee was the biggest crop in Yemen.
Social and Medical Observations. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. The former in particular, had acute adverse effects on the digestive system and chronic adverse effects such as body weakness and nasal problems.
Khat was usually chewed in prolonged sessions, producing mild psychostimulant effects such as increased energy, enhanced mood, reduced appetite and reduced sleep.
BMC Med. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Pharmacological Medicine.
The cardiac effects in khat users may be due to increased myocardial oxygen demand resulting from elevated blood pressure and heart rate, which can precipitate ACS.