Relief comes in a pink plastic bag filled with narcotic twigs that 90% of Yemeni men, and 70% of women, cram into their cheeks.
Happiness here is a lump of green mush that's a tennis ball that's masticated in public.
There's no shame attached to getting high on khat. Its effects have been lost to amphetamines. It feels like grassy banana skin.
The Ministry of Agriculture further believes that it is a low-priced crop.
Many officials believe that these figures may be woefully low – some studies, cited by the United Nations, suggest that 60% of Yemen's farmland is given over to khat.
And anecdotally, on a 2,500-mile (4,000km) drive around the Houthi-held north of the country, which is by civil war, it is very clear that khat (Catha Edulis) is the region's preferred crop.
Which is not the only one of the world's food programs? 12 million Yemenis this year.
Even khat dealers think that it's silly for a nation, which is dangerously short of food, to become an inedible narcotic.
Mohammed Sulwei is acknowledged by fellow khat dealers in Sana'a, as the purveyor of the main drug market's finest inebriant.
A pink bag weighing about a pound and a half of the best hedge-like twigs, brought in daily, goes for 25,000 yemeni riyals, that's about $ 50.
The cheapest khat he sells goes for $ 5 a bag, although the lowest quality fetches about $ 2.50 elsewhere.
I ask him, "Do you think that makes sense for Yemen, that's no food, for everyone to chew?"
He replied: "No." And went on to say that he had no problem.
Nearby, Hussein al Jebri guides a gleaming silver 4×4 through a growing crowd of khat buyers haggling with salesmen who dispose of their drugs from elevated stalls.