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  1. Docta
    Kuber, a new narcotic drug of Indian origin disguised as a mouth freshener, has found its way on the Ugandan market and infiltrated schools in western Uganda.

    The tea leaves-like substance, imported and sold in super markets, especially Indian-owned at Shs1,000 per sachet, has been on the market since 2009.

    Although it is not classified as a drug under the National Drug Authority (NDA), addiction experts say they have been engaging government to ban it because its consumers, especially children, eventually get mental disorders.

    An official from NDA, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the agency, told Daily Monitor the drug contains nicotine like cigarettes or tobacco leaves.

    “Kuber does not fall under any category of drugs registered but from our research, we established that kuber does not cause any mental or physical harm,” the source said.

    Little is known about kuber in Uganda. Packaged in sachets similar to tea leaves pouches and disguised as mouth freshener, kuber tobacco has lately been an international concern, with some countries banning it.

    Information available shows that its users become dependent on it in the long run, leading to addiction. The drug affects brain activity, causing depression and subsequently delusions and hallucinations.

    Medical sources say it is a highly addictive, intoxicating drug that has been openly sold in shops and supermarkets.
    The nicotine-rich stimulant in Uganda is being consumed by street children, students, taxi drivers, purportedly to get high.

    The burden to schools
    The Chairman Kabale Secondary School Teachers Association, Mr Geoffrey Bashungwa, said first cases of kuber were cited in 2010 among students in Kabale, Mbarara and Bushenyi districts.

    Mbarara High School head teacher John Agaba said they first cited cases of students using the drug last year but culprits were only warned since authorities had no information and health implications of the drug.

    “Last year, we came across two used packets scattered in the dormitories. We warned the boys against it and we have not registered another case. I don’t know whether they stopped it or they are doing it stealthily, but this is an urban setting, so you can’t it rule out,” Mr Agaba said.

    At St. Mary’s College, Rushoroza, officials said a case of students talking kuber was last registered in 2009, while Kabale SS head teacher Edwin Babimpa said they registered a case each in 2010 and 2011.

    Students using the substance believe they can gain courage to read hard without feeling exhausted or dozing off while reading.

    A research carried out in secondary schools in Bushenyi in 2009 revealed that marijuana and kuber were among the most used drugs.

    Sources say the drug is said smuggled into boarding schools by workers, members of the community around schools and day scholars.

    Efforts to get a comment from the National Drug Authority were futile after the chief drug inspector referred this newspaper to another official, who also asked us to call another inspector whose contact was not available.

    Understanding Kuber
    Manufacturer’s instructions say kuber is not to be consumed by children below 18 years.
    Malawi and Tanzania have banned its manufacture, import, sale and consumption following test control that revealed it contains cannabidol and delta-9-tetra hydracannabinol, which are primary elements in Indian Kemp (marijuana)
    The drug is popular among students in secondary schools.



  1. justin13
    So this is apparently Uganda's version of 'Spice' basically? Surprised they're using cannabidol and delta 9 rather than some of the more well know designer cannabinoids. Thanks for posting, interesting.
  2. Baba Blacksheep
    They love this stuff in India. Its a rather gritty, menthol tasting tobacco product resembling lumpy cement but a light tan in colour; funnily enough looks exactly like heroin no.3. It's sold from almost every street kiosk and isn't very nice if you are not used to it.
  3. Euphoric
    Some more articles:


    Posted by THEVOICEBW on December 16, 2011 0 Comment

    Kuber: Is it just a mouth freshener?
    [​IMG]It is so easy to send our kids to the neighbourhood tuck-shop to purchase loose cigarettes, more so because most tuck-shop minders do not question who the cigarettes are for or more importantly do not refuse to sell them. Although ‘Kuber’ itself is a smokeless tobacco, it is packaged and openly sold as a mouth freshener at only P2.00 per sachet by some shop owners, giving it a harmless representation of its real nature and making it even more accessible to children than cigarettes. The ‘Kuber Group Manufacturing Company’ based in India, where Kuber tobacco is manufactured, takes pride in their products on the principle of “keeping the taste and health of people in mind”. The question is: just how healthy is Kuber tobacco?

    Where is it and what does it do?

    Kuber has become a widespread phenomena making its way through African borders, onto our streets and ultimately into our classroom corridors. It is a stimulant described by many as a libido-enhancing and mind altering drug. Kuber tobacco has become one of the latest trends among young people today, reaching school grounds and said to have the effect of making students high and stimulated while lowering their inhibitions and making them susceptible to risky behaviours such as carefree sex and many other things.

    Kuber has now found its way into Botswana and has already made its mark in Mahalapye among street kids, school kids and taxi drivers.

    What is Kuber?

    Kuber, also known as Khaini, is a smokeless chewing tobacco popular in India which is mainly used in place of cigarettes. However, Kuber contains up to 25% nicotine, making it highly addictive. Health studies show that Kuber contains 28 cancer causing agents and its user takes in three to four times more nicotine than cigarettes. It also contains cannabido and delta 9-tetra cannabidol (THC); which are the primary ingredients in Indian Kemp (marijuana). As a result of these findings Kuber tobacco has been banished from neighbouring countries such as Malawi and Tanzania.

    Short Term Effects of Kuber:

    Lowered inhibitions

    Side effects of Kuber:
    Weak teeth
    Gum bleeding

    Long Term Effects of Kuber:

    Discolouration of teeth
    Holes on the gum line
    Cervical cancer
    Mouth and throat cancer

    The Danger of Smokeless tobacco

    Like any smokeless tobacco, Kuber is highly addictive and can be more harmful than cigarette smoking. Users of smokeless tobacco, such as Kuber, absorb nicotine through the mouth tissues directly into the blood, where it goes into the brain. Even after spitting it out, the nicotine continues to be absorbed into the bloodstream causing it to stay longer in the blood than for smokers.

    Whether smokeless or not, tobacco products are very harmful and can cause cancer. While Kuber is rapidly making its mark in Botswana, as parents and teachers, we need to pay close attention to our children and make them aware of this new drug and any other drug circulating out on the streets.

    Tobacco use, smokeless or otherwise, is hazardous to your health and expensive. If you or someone you know needs help to quit tobacco, please contact BOSASNet on 7265 9891 or 395 9119 and ask to speak to a counsellor. Our services are strictly confidential.



    Kuber: New drug! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]In a joint operation held by Durban Central Crime Prevention and the Crime Intelligence Unit police seized 246 boxes containing Kuber (tobacco) at Prince Alfred street (Durban). Earlier this year, information was received about illegal tobacco at a warehouse in the city centre. They proceeded to the identified premises and searched the warehouse at Prince Alfred street. Boxes containing Kuber to the street value of over two million rands were recovered and seized. The tobacco seized does not comply with South African standards in terms of packaging and warnings and is therefore it is illegal. At this stage no arrests were made and police are investigating the source of this consignment.
    More about Kuber...

    Kuber is a highly addictive, intoxicating drug being openly sold under the brand name ‘Kuber'. It is disguised as a mouth freshener 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 sachets for R2.50, a small price to pay for a dangerous drug being widely consumed by school kids and taxi drivers among others. It is undetected by teachers and parents because it has no smell.

    As a Central Nervous System Stimulant, it increases behavioural activity, thought processes and alertness or elevate the mood of the user. Examples of Stimulants are amphetamine, methamphetamine (Tik), caffeine, nicotine and cocaine.
    Side-effects and Dangers

    Available reports associate the drug with dizziness, headaches, sleeping, weak teeth and gum bleeding. There are serious consequences that come with the consumption of Kuber and people are misinformed about the dangers of prolonged use of it. In the long run the after effects of could cause tooth discoloration, holes on the gum line and cervical cancer and sometimes women can become infertile.

    A further caution is that kuber is a cause for concern because of the mental health issues associated with it. It impairs memory and causes depression even mere addiction to it is a mental problem.

    One doctor in another African country said he has treated patients who got mental illnesses after taking kuber. The doctor said "By law, it is considered a social drug like cigarettes but we know that it is quite addictive." Even if the product contains only tobacco, it would be misleading to market it as a mouth freshener.

    America's National Cancer Institute classifies it as a brand of smokeless tobacco. According to the institute, smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer causing agents and its users take in three to four times more nicotine (the addictive substance in tobacco) than cigarette smokers, making it that many times more addictive.

    In one web article consumption of kuber is associated with 41 per cent of mouth and throat cancer in men and 11 per cent of similar problems in women world-wide because of its high content in nicotine.
    Mixing with other drugs

    Kuber, the finely ground tobacco, is often chewed with khat (mairungi) leaves, a powerful stimulant, sucked at alone or taken with hot water like a beverage. And many Kuber user are already Tobacco smokers.

  4. Euphoric
    PS. any detailed experience reports? If an info/experience thread were to be made, would it go under tobacco, misc or unidentified products?
  5. Cash.Nexus
    Kuber is a brand of khaini, which means a prepared mixture of tobacco, lime (alkali not fruit), & non-psychoactive additives such as flavorings (e.g. menthol) & preservatives.

    The product described as looking 'gritty, like no.3 heroin' is something else again. It is called gutkha & is similar in that it has tobacco as an active ingredient, as well as processed betel nut & lime (this alkali is added to 'free' stimulant alkaloids & enable rapid ingestion. In the same way, lime is added to coca leaves to liberate alkaloids of cocaine).

    Throughout India (& S.E. Asia/Africa/Indian diaspora areas) shops or booths sell these substances pre-packed in sachets of many brands or made on the spot, retailing for under $0.10 usually. Indian & Pakistani shops in the U.K. import & sell for much more. I have bought khaini (not Kuber) in U.K. for £1.20 a 4g sachet.

    Kuber is known in the Delhi/Punjabi area of North India as a 'macho' brand of khaini & it is pungent & strong. Nicotine is the only active ingredient. Now the packets have to have health warnings printed on, sometimes there is a 'scorpion' symbol, or pictures of tumours etc as well as text in various scripts (inc English.) These grahics seem to cover approx 1/3rd of the packet. Invariably printed somewhere is the phrase 'not for minors.' However, the laws on tobacco sales & marketing vary between States so there may be exceptions. Also, smuggling of khaini, gutkha & plain tobacco is widespread.

    Yes I would agree khaini etc, is bad for the mouth. I have lost teeth because of this, according to my (Indian) dentist. The lime apparently contracts the blood supply to the teeth & gum, causing shrinking gums & tooth loss. It is a harmful habit & difficult to quit. Nicotine is highly addictive anyway, but the lime causes rapid effect & enforces addiction. BTW I don't believe fibreglass or ground glass is added to any chewing/spit tobacco, anywhere IMO, despite rumours. Just FYI.

    Of course, children shouldn't have access to this. In an ideal world no-one should. What else to say?

    I'd better go spit. Hope this clarifies.
  6. RClover
    "It also contains cannabido and delta 9-tetra cannabidol (THC); which are the primary ingredients in Indian Kemp (marijuana)"

    Huh? How can this product be sold legally if it contained THC? And more importantly I'd like to know how they managed to lace tobacco with THC? Sounds like media hype there too me!
  7. Cash.Nexus
    I don't have Kuber here in UK but am right now using a similar khaini product called Miraj. Can't take pics right now but the pack is similar in format to the pic in OP.

    It says: MIRAJ TOBACCO Lime Mixed This product is not gutkha or pan masala

    Also the usual head & shoulders portrait, a brand icon.

    On the back it says:

    Ingredients: Tobacco, Lime, & Menthol
    Net Weight: 10g
    Max Retail Price: [Indian rupees] 3.00 (inc of all taxes)

    Then information regarding batch number, place of manufacture (Raj, India), contact details etc.

    Also covering approx 1/3 of the face of pack is a lurid pic of a diseased mouth (looks like taken on 'polarize' setting!) with a black banner saying TOBACCO KILLS with Devanagiri script beneath presume ditto.

    This is tobacco, oral use tobacco only. Well that's what it says. & it gives me a nic charge. >( ;~/.
  8. Euphoric
    So, someone happened upon this and tells me, at least the variety available in London, England, seems to be strong tobacco and nothing discernibly more.
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