KHAT / Meth cathinone
KHAT / Meth cathinone
Street names: CAT, KITTY, KHAT or QAT. It is also known as Stroof, Katestroof, Jeff, Bathtub Speed, Wannabe-Speed, Meth’s Cat, Meth’s Kitten, Marzipan, Cadillac Express, Wonder Star, Wild Cat, The C or Gaggers.
KAT or CAT commonly refers to two types of drugs. Although similar, one is naturally derived from the leaf of the shrub catha edulis, which contains Cathinone and is also called khat, quat, kat, gat and tchat. For centuries it has been used in Arabian countries in Central and East Africa. Shipments are brought into South Africa as vegetables. It costs anything around R75 per kilogram (2009). The leaves need to be fresh to keep its potency.
The other is synthetically made from a synthetic powder which contains Meth cathinone. It is sold in a powder form and is much quicker and stronger; the effects are much more condensed and heightened. Many compare it to crystal meth as well as cocaine. It can be snorted or inhaled and is highly addictive. CAT causes an intense psychological addiction.
It is manufactured by “cooking” it clandestinely in garages, houses etc. The precursor drug ephedrine & pseudoephedrine is the main ingredient and highly toxic substances such as battery acid, paint thinners, it is popular within the rave scene & also used as an aphrodisiac. There are various recipes for the manufacturing of CAT.
The following are some of the horrific ingredients been used:
Over the counter substances like ephedrine or pseudo-ephedrine (found in asthma, flue and diet pills),
Muriatic acid (used for sandblasting or cleaning mortar off bricks)
Lye (crystal drain cleaner)
Toluene (paint thinner)
The side effects are similar to those of cocaine: it causes euphoria, increased alertness, anxiety, loss of appetite, slurred speech, dilated pupils, strange erratic behaviour, body aches, stomach pains, nausea and fatigue.
The effect lasts 4-6 hours.
Long term effects are: abscesses, dark black rings under eyes, quick aging, disorientation, indifference, hallucinations, psychosis, seizures, convulsions, respiratory failure, stroke, heart failure, death.
Withdrawal can include lethargy, depression, nightmares and tremors.
You can do a self-test on drug abuse – the Substance Abuse Quiz.
If you have a problem with meth cathinone addiction, or you have questions about it, you may chat to an online facilitator on the LIVE CHAT . The service is free and you may stay anonymous.