3rd July 2013. The Government announced today that Khat will become shortly become a Class C drug.

This means that if you are caught with the drug (possession) you could go to prison for two years and get an unlimited fine.

If you are caught dealing or supplying (and that could just mean giving some to your mates) you could get 14 years in jail.

It will also be an offence to bring Khat in and/or out of the country, so if you’ve been abroad you cannot bring it back to the UK with you.

But what is Khat?

Khat is a leafy green plant and if you chew its leaves you might feel more alert and talkative. It’s a stimulant so its effects are similar to amphetamine (Speed). Stimulants speed up your mind and body.

Khat can make you feel less hungry and if if it's chewed over a few hours it can make you feel really calm.

However, it can lead to insomnia (which means you can’t go to sleep) and make you confused. It can also make you feel anxious and aggressive.

Khat can make your mouth sore and might damage the teeth. There is concern in the long term it might cause mouth cancers.

For more information about Khat visit the Khat A-Z page.

FRANK News Published: 3rd July 2013.