Hexen, or HexEn (N-Ethylhexedrone), is a synthetic drug that is classified as a synthetic cathinone. Its psychoactive effects are often compared to those of cocaine, including crack cocaine or substances such as MVP that occur in various designer drugs. Hexen may be a substance that is referred to by various media sources as bath salts as well. The drug appears to have been available since 2015 through various sources as a research chemical.
Cathinones are stimulants that produce:
- Extreme talkativeness and sociability
- Accelerated thought processes
- Loss of inhibitions
These drugs are believed to affect the reuptake of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, although in the case of Hexen, this has yet to be scientifically studied. There is very little empirical evidence on Hexen.
Although many synthetic cathinones are listed as Schedule I controlled substances, the actual legal status of Hexen is uncertain. It is not listed as controlled substance by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at the time of this writing. However, it could be banned under the Federal Drug Analog Act. The drug is typically purchased online as a designer drug or research drug, and it is available as a white powder or in the form of crystals.