Khat

It seemed that the drug of choice in Ethiopia is something called 'Chat". I never saw any women chew it but it was really popular with the men. In this video, a young man chews 'Khat' in Merkato, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Khat , pronounced "cot" or "chat" and also known as qat, gat, chat, and miraa, is a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa. Believed to originate in Ethiopia, it is a shrub or small tree growing to 5-8 m tall, with evergreen leaves 5-10 cm long and 1-4 cm broad. The flowers are produced on short axillary cymes 4-8 cm long, each flower small, with five white petals. The fruit is an oblong three-valved capsule containing 1-3 seeds.