Kuber is a highly addictive, intoxicating drugbeing openly sold under the brand name ‘Kuber'. It is disguised as a mouthfreshener and packed in sachets similar to tea leaves pouches.
Kuber is a chewable tobacco, rich in nicotine,which is labelled as a breath freshener and sold in shops in plastic sachetsfor R2.50 – R 5.00, a small price to pay for a dangerous drug being widelyconsumed by school kids and taxi drivers among others. It is undetected byteachers, parents and employers because it has no smell.
The portions are placed between the cheek and thegums and chewed in the mouth. Kuber causes an intense high and if put into hotwater can cause the user to become extremely drunk.
The tobacco does not comply with South Africanstandards in terms of packaging and warnings and is therefore it is illegal.
This substance has a stronger effect on the userthan Marijuana. When ingested / used, the user takes in three to four timesmore nicotine than cigarette smokers, making it extremely addictive.The amount of nicotine released into the body tends to be much greaterthan when inhaling tobacco smoke, which is what makes Kuber more addictive thancigarettes.
The health studies reveal that the drug which isopenly sold as “an appealing fragrance which will please your senses” contains28 cancer causing agents.
As a Central Nervous System Stimulant, it increasesbehavioural activity, thought processes and alertness or elevates the mood of theuser.
Side-effects and Dangers
Available reports associate the drug withdizziness, headaches, sleeping, weak teeth and gum bleeding. There are seriousconsequences that come with the consumption of Kuber and people are misinformedabout the dangers of prolonged use of it.
A further caution is that Kuber is a cause forconcern because of the mental health issues associated with it. It impairsmemory and causes depression even mere addiction to it is a mental problem.