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Pharm World Sci. 1996 Apr;18(2):69-73.

Catha edulis, a plant that has amphetamine effects.

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D├ępartement de Pharmacologie, Centre medical universitaire, Geneve, Switzerland.


The chewing of fresh leaves of the khat bush (Catha edulis) is common in certain countries of East Africa and the Arab peninsula, because this material has a stimulating effect. During the last decade, important progress has been made in understanding the pharmacology of this drug. Its actions are mainly due to the alkaloid cathinone, a substance that can be called 'a natural amphetamine'.

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