Forensic Chemistry. Peter T. Ausili Forensic Chemist, Drug Enforcement Administration North Central Laboratory (Presented to September 19, 2006). The following presentation does not reflect the comments
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- Cathinone- Schedule I Final Action 2/93
- Produces a euphoric effect similar to amphetamine in that
it stimulates the Central nervous system
- Begins to degrade 48 hours after harvesting
- Proper handling can prolong potency
- Cathine- Schedule IV Final action 6/88
Produces a much less stimulant effect that cathinone
Cathinone - I
Cathine - IV
KHAT is used in relatively poor regions, where the frequent lack of food encourages deficiency diseases. Consequently, in view of its stimulating effect, it is often not unnaturally regarded as a divine blessing. For populations with relatively few sources of distraction it constitutes a simple and convenient form of escapism.
Since khat is regarded as an excitant and stimulant like coffee, tea and the like, it is generally not considered prohibited by Koranic law and consequently there is no moral objection in Moslem countries against its abuse.
- Bulletin on Narcotics, 1956
(PMA) M. W. 165
(PMMA) M. W. 179