Overview

Betel nut is the nut that comes from a plant called Areca. It is sometimes used to make medicine. Betel nut is chewed alone or in the form of quids, a mixture of tobacco, powdered or sliced betel nut, and other ingredients.

Betel nut is used for schizophrenia, a group of eye disorders that can lead to vision loss (glaucoma), poor digestion, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using betel nut might also be unsafe.

Some people use betel nut as a recreational drug because it speeds up the central nervous system (CNS).

How does it work ?

Betel nut seems to affect certain chemicals in the brain and other parts of the central nervous system.

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