Skip to comments.UK government to ban herbal stimulant khat
Posted on 07/03/2013 6:09:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The British government says it is banning khat, an herbal stimulant, despite advice against such a move by an official advisory body.
Khat, also known as cathonine, is popular in parts of the Middle East and Africa, where users chew the leaf to release stimulants that produce a mild high.
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It seems to be one of the things that keeps Somali muslims rabid for days on end.
Several years ago there was a news report on how all fighting in Somalia stopped when it was time for plane loads of khat to come in. After the planes were unloaded, fighting started again.
They love their khat.
Ha! It turns entire populations into drooling, lethargic fools, who may then stir themselves briefly into suddenly spasmic violent paranoiac episodes. Then they lapse back into semi-coma.
It has quite literally ruined entire nation's of un-Worthy Oriental Gentlemen. Ban it? They should should shoot out of hand anyone who tries to introduce it to Britain.
How, I wonder, are our British cousins doing on their attempt to stop the smuggling of "Bush Meat," including monkey into the country?
Break me off a piece of that Kit Khat!
And we have a cocaine problem, something that is chewed in South America.
Now, what if some enterprising chemist finds a way to concentrate the substance in khat, and people start sniffing it.
I first heard of khat from Nelson DeMille...highly recommend any one of his novels. DeMille is a fantastic storyteller, highly entertaining with a lot of humor mixed in.
Kit Khat crackers?
Oddly enough, it is also apparently a vitamin source for them!
Leave it to the Urban Ferals of America’s Big Sh*ty habitats to find evil uses for a plant used by the South American indigenous for umpteen centuries.
The Indigenous benefited from their use of cocaine. The Urban Ferals managed to discover destructive uses for the same plant product.
From the above, what can one conclude?
Note that both have a culture of cannibalism in their past.
Who is the savage, who is ‘civilized’?
Lastly, whose habitat is the most dangerous today?
It was a normal part of the pharmacopeia for 3 centuries, and abused by some that whole time. But it really took off in the US in the 20thC. If you'll recall, Jimmy Carter's Surgeon General thought it a harmless, nay beneficial recreational drug! Freud and Sherlock Holmes shot it up!
Mass marketed to the lower classes, and popular with those of more affluent means, it has become the multi-billion-dollar drug of choice from the ghetto to the McMansions on the hill
I’m not impressed by there being any real problem with Khat worse than what banning it would cause. Basically, it is a mild antidepressant and very mild tranquilizer. As such, it is far milder than most prescription drugs for the same purposes.
Since it seems that only the politicians, not the drug control scientists or experts, want it banned, that it is yet another government petty oppression.
“We want it banned because it gives some people pleasure without concomitant pain. And we get no money out of the deal.”
Perhaps true in low dose, but lemme tellya, in Somalia and Yemen, I have personally seen how it totally zombifies large numbers of the population. Not to mention making them look like drooling somnolent fools, sleeping off the " mild antidepressant and very mild tranquilizer" in the gutter, with red ooze coming from their stained lips.
It is also very habit forming, if you deprive the Worthy Oriental Gentlemen of it, they get even nastier than their normal truculent selves.
Not a good import.
Khat is what the somali pirates use. The actually take it aboard the hijacked ships and consume it all day.