While I was serving as a 2nd officer aboard a ship, I regularly sailed from Chinese ports to East African seaports, including Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, and Yemen. During the loading and discharging operations at these African ports, I had to instruct my crew members to keep the gangway deck area clean due to the accumulation of Khat leaves.

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Khat is a special kind of leaf that is chewed by Africans and is derived from an Arabian shrub. It can also be consumed as an infusion and acts as a stimulant. Khat contains a stimulant alkaloid called Cathinone. Upon chewing Khat, the following effects are observed:

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  1. Excitement
  2. Loss of appetite
  3. Euphoria

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Khat as a substance that can be abused, leading to psychological dependence. However, Khat addiction is not considered a serious problem according to the WHO. It is classified as a controlled substance in countries such as Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Chewing Khat is a traditional practice in countries such as Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and Somalia.

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