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.

The main effects of MXE include:

  • Feelings of euphoria, warmth, ‘enlightenment’ and being detached from the world around.
  • Hallucinations – seeing and/or hearing things that aren’t there.
  • Feeling restless and on edge, and some people feel like they have extra energy.

MXE is now a Class B drug

From 26th February 2013 MXE has become a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. This means that it is now illegal to have, sell or supply MXE, including giving it away to friends.

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.