miraa Is Miraa banned in Tanzania? I asked my self this question after seeing several of my tanzanian friends chewing the plants here in Kenya, and can someone please explain the year that this drug was banned and the reasons. Khat growers are making a shell load of money exporting it to some countries in the West and around Africa. Tanzania having large fertile tracts of land can benefit immensley from trading on this plant, and the public can enjoy chewing it, coz its so damn good. Effects Of Khat Fresh Khat leaves, which are typically chewed like tobacco, produce a mild cocaine or amphetamine-like euphoria that is much less potent than either substance with no reports of a rush sensation or paranoia indicated. By filling the mouth to capacity with fresh leaves the user then chews intermittently to release the active components. Chewing Khat leaves produces a strong aroma and generates intense thirst. Casual users claim Khat lifts spirits, sharpens thinking, and, when its effects wear off, generates mild lapses of depression similar to those observed among cocaine users. Since there appears to be an absence of physical tolerance, due in part to limitations in how much can be ingested by chewing, there are no reports of physical symptoms accompanying withdrawal. Advocates of Khat use claim that it eases symptoms of diabetes, asthma, and stomach/intestinal tract disorders.