Chewing of qat leaves is a traditional practice in the horn of Africa. Khat is so popular in Yemen, its cultivation consumes much of the country’s agricultural resources. In Yemen, people chew qat while walking, sitting, talking, driving, working and just about anything else they might be doing.
Qat is a plant that is grown all over Yemen, on what seems to be every square inch of land, whether in the valleys or on the mountainsides, that could be used to grow a plant. When the leaves of the plant are fresh, they are chewed, an activity that leads to a state of increased excitement with the possibility of mild euphoria as a bonus.