To travel is to learn about other cultures and observe how people live their lives. And when I go abroad, I like to venture deep off the beaten path to find interesting stories to tell.
Nothing piques my interest more than drugs — where they are found and how they are used around the world. Alcohol, nicotine and marijuana are consumed literally everywhere (even in countries where it’s banned). But if you think those drugs are abused, just wait until you learn about KHAT (found in the Horn of Africa/Arabian peninsula) and BETEL NUT (found in Southeast Asia/ Pacific Islands).
I discovered both of these heavily addicting drugs in Somaliland and Papua New Guinea, respectively, earlier this year. This video shares the story of how they are affecting the local population and how they contribute to a massive part of each country’s economy.
Have you ever heard of these two drugs before? What are your thoughts on them?
P.S. — Just FYI, I tried both khat and betel nut once simply because I was curious to find out how it makes you feel. I hardly ever drink these days and I do not smoke.