Miraa’s effect on mental health divides opinion

Miraa also known as khat is a stimulant, which is said to cause excitement and euphoria; also brings loss of sleep and appetite. WHO classified it as a drug that can produce psychological dependence but did not consider its addiction to be seriously problematic. PHOTO | FILE – Nation Media

Source: The Daily Nation

Monday April 3 2017

By Angela Oketch

If you thought miraa makes its users go mental, think again.

Opinion appears divided over the long-term effects of a herb that has been chewed over the years as a social custom and as a recreation activity. European countries too have banned the herb for various reasons but usually terming the herb a health risk. A new report however, absolves the herb from the indictment that it makes its users go crazy.

Researchers have disqualified perceptions that people who chew miraa are prone to mental disorders. They said that the study that was released by the University of Nairobi (UoN) and University of Konstanz, Germany which reported high rates of mental illnesses among heavy miraa users in Nairobi did not have merit. Read More:

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