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Kjellgren A, Jonsson K. 
“Methoxetamine (MXE) – A Phenomenological Study of Experiences Induced by a “Legal High” from the Internet”. 
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 2013 Aug;45(3):276-286.
Abstract
Methoxetamine (MXE), a ketamine analogue, is one of the new “legal highs” sold on the Internet. The aim of this qualitative study was to provide an initial understanding of what characterizes the experiences induced by MXE. Anonymously written reports (33 persons) on the effects of MXE were collected from public Internet forums and analyzed using the Empirical Phenomenological Psychological Method. The analysis generated 10 themes: (1) preparation, motivation and anticipation; (2) initial effects; (3) malfunction of cognitive processes stabilizing normal state; (4) inner personal processes and learning; (5) emotional processes; (6) altered sensory perception; (7) dissolution and transition; (8) spiritual and transcendental experiences; (9) effects and processes after the experience; (10) re-dosing and addiction. MXE induced a heavily altered state of consciousness. The effects were similar to those induced by classic hallucinogens (such as LSD, psilocybin) and the dissociative ketamine. MXE seemed to have quite a high abuse potential. Beside the positive effects described, negative effects like fear and anxiety were also reported. Acceptance was considered the best coping strategy. Dissolution of identity and body often culminated in spiritual and transcendental experiences. More research is needed on safety issues, how to minimize harm, and the motivation for using legal highs.
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Oct 16, 2013 15:27
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Like many other so called "peer reviewed" journal articles in the last decade, this article copies data and text directly from Erowid.org and fails to credit it.

The authors appear to have a flawed understanding of the data they are analyzing, so it's probably good they copied our pages rather than attempt to actually analyze the content themselves. However it is totally inappropriate for journals to publish copy-and-pasted texts from original sources and then take credit for that work.

What is painfully obvious reading many papers in the niche 'scientific' fields related to psychoactive drugs is that peer review is very thin. A rubber stamp and some text editing rather than actual fact checking and data review.
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