AKA: ROFLCOPTR, RHINO KET, MXE, MOXY, MKET, MEXY, MEXXY.
What is Methoxetamine?
Methoxetamine (also known as mexxy or MXE). Although there is very little evidence about its short and long term effects, we do know that it is chemically related to ‘dissociative anaesthetics’ like ketamine and PCP, and has similar effects. From anecdotal reports, MXE appears to be much stronger than ketamine, so users should take extra care to avoid overdosing by only using small amounts.
MXE is being marketed as a replacement for ketamine, but without ketamine’s harmful effect on the bladder. Ketamine causes very serious bladder problems with severe pain and difficulty passing urine, which can lead to surgical removal of the bladder. There is no evidence to support the suggestion that MXE is safer than ketamine in this regard. Ketamine’s harmful effect on the bladder has itself only been recently discovered after many years of its use and it is possible that over time MXE will turn out to be just as harmful to the bladder.
What does Methoxetamine look like?
MXE is a white powder. Before it was banned, it was mostly sold online, where it was called a research chemical and the average cost per gram was between £18 and £25.
Why do people take Methoxetamine?
Users have reported that they had used MXE because they couldn’t get ketamine or because they thought it wouldn’t hurt their bladder, which ketamine does. However, there is no evidence to support this and it is possible that MXE will turn out to be as toxic as ketamine in this regard.
How do people take Methoxetamine?
Reportedly, because of its strength, only small pinches (or ‘bumps’) of MXE are snorted – and not full lines. The average dose appears to be between 20 – 100mg.
Some people prefer to dissolve it in water or place it under their tongue, where it’s dissolved and taken into the blood stream. But it can also be swallowed (‘bombed’) or injected.
Injecting is a particularly risky route for overdose. And by injecting and sharing injecting equipment, including needles and syringes, users run the risk of catching or spreading a virus, such as HIV or hepatitis C. There is also the risk that veins may be damaged and that something nasty will develop, such as an abscess or a clot.
What are the effects of Methoxetamine?
Although there is little known about MXE we do know that it is chemically related to ‘dissociative anaesthetics’ like ketamine and PCP. So it’s reasonable to assume that it shares some of the same effects and risks. This is backed up by reports from people that have used MXE and doctors who have treated people who have taken MXE.
It normally takes 10 – 15 minutes for the effects of MXE to be felt, but sometimes it can take 60 – 90 minutes. This can lead to some people thinking that they haven’t taken enough, so they take more and end up taking too much and having a bad time.
The effects of MXE tend to be similar to ketamine effects, but are more intense and longer lasting and include:
What are the risks of methoxetamine?
There have been no confirmed deaths from MXE and nobody knows the long term risks of using MXE, and how similar the risks are to ketamine. But we do have a better idea of some of the short term risks:
Methoxetamine and alcohol
Because they are chemically related it is likely that mixing MXE with alcohol will have a similar effect to mixing ketamine with alcohol. Mixing ketamine with alcohol can dangerously affect the way you breathe and how your heart works, and can lead to unconsciousness, which can be even more dangerous if vomit is inhaled. If high doses are taken, it can cause death.
What is Methoxetamine cut with?
There is virtually no evidence about this yet, but early tests have found MXE that was cut with benzocaine and caffeine. It’s possible that what you think is MXE is a different drug instead, with different effects and risks. One sample that was tested contained mephedrone, a class B drug.
Can you get addicted to Methoxetamine?
There’s no direct evidence on whether you can become physically or psychologically dependent on MXE, but we do know that you can become dependent on ketamine. Because they are chemically related, it’s reasonable to assume that you may be able to become dependent on MXE.
Methoxetamine and the law
Did you know?
Like drinking and driving, driving when high is illegal – and you may still be unfit to drive the day after using MXE. You can get a heavy fine, be disqualified from driving or even go to prison.
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