Khat Drug Test?

A THORNLIE man and his wife are facing drug possession charges after allegedly being caught in possession of leaves from an exotic khat tree.
It is not illegal to grow the trees, which are found in Perth, but it is illegal to possess the leaves for use as a drug.
How do they know they had the drug on their systems? Is there a test to confirm it?
What's the test about?

asked by Sebastian in Controversy | 6745 views | 11-21-2009 at 11:08 PM

Khat (Catha edulis) is a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Individuals chew khat leaves because of the stimulant effects, which are similar to but less intense than those caused by using cocaine or methamphetamine.

Khat is not recommended for use under 18. If pregnant, nursing or taking a prescription drug, consult your health care professional. Do not use Khat if you are suffering from anxiety attacks or depression.

They test for Khat by taking a urine sample. This procedure usually involves you going to the bathroom and filling up a cup with your urine. They either use a test card on the spot for immediate results or send it away to a lab for testing by means of a sophisticated gas analyzer.

answered by Gabriella | 11-21-2009 at 11:11 PM

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