N-Ethylhexedrone (also known as α-ethylaminocaprophenone, N-ethylnorhexedrone, HEXEN and NEH) is a stimulant of the cathinone class. N-Ethylhexedrone was first mentioned in a series of patents by Boehringer Ingelheim in the 1960s which led to the development of the better-known drug methylenedioxypyrovalerone.
Hexen, or N-ethylhexedrone, is a molecule of the substituted cathinone chemical class. The term „substituted cathinone” refers to a broad array of substances based on cathinone, the principally active constituent of the khat plant. Cathinone is principally constituted of a phenethylamine core with an alkyl group attached to the alpha carbon and an oxygen group attached to the beta carbon. They are also known as the beta-ketone (double-bonded oxygen to the β-carbon) analogs of amphetamines.
Notably, the cathinone backbone can be modified in three different places to create hundreds of possible compounds, which include substituents on the aromatic ring, the alpha carbon, and the amine group.