Researchers call for more evidence on whether khat causes mental illness

More evidence is needed to prove widespread concerns that the stimulant khat, which is popular among some Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian immigrants to the UK, causes psychiatric disorders, researchers said yesterday.

A study by Queen Mary, London, University College, London, and Kent University found that khat appeared to exacerbate existing psychological problems but there was no clear evidence indicating chewing it caused mental ill health.

The report, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, called for more research into the social and psychological impact of khat, which is legal in the UK but banned in Europe, America and Canada.

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