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Wiesn Koks: The Completely Legal White Powder Used At Oktoberfest

'Wiesn Koks' or 'Wiesn Pulver' translates to Oktoberfest cocaine or Oktoberfest powder.

In the wake of the furore following the release of a video that appeared to show Port Adelaide forward Jack Watts snorting white powder off a woman's chest, we thought we'd take a closer look at the placebo-effect stimulant, 'Wiesn Koks’.

Watts has apologised for his actions but has said he wasn't doing anything illegal -- the white powder was not cocaine, but Wiesn Pulver, a legal mix of menthol and glucose.

Widely available at Oktoberfest and sold in little festival-themed bottles, it can be purchased for as little as $10.

Wiesn Koks At Oktoberfest
Wiesn Koks being taken at Oktoberfest. Image: Instagram/tommey1804.

The powder is poured from its little bottle and cut into lines on a table or onto the backs of people's hands. It's then snorted through the nostrils.

It's a staple at Oktoberfest, with many using it as a 'pick-me-up' but it actually does nothing. according to Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Dr Micheal Elliott.

Wiesn Koks is tobacco and drug-free, meaning the worst you can get is a sugar high but said you'd be lucky to even get that.

"I can’t imagine that snorting sugar in that method would have any biological effects," Elliott told 10 daily.

"I can't imagine that there would be a stimulant effect."

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Elliott said Oktoberfest-goers would take the sugary-substance through their noses because there is rich blood supply in the nasal passages, but said it would still be difficult to experience a sugar high.

"I can't imagine that taking an amount of sugar in that way would make any medical difference to the blood-sugar level."

As to the effect of the menthol, Elliott said it could work in a similar way to menthol in nasal sprays and that essentially, inhaling sugar wouldn't have any serious effects on a person's health.

"There are some nasal sprays that have menthol in them but they are in there for flavouring above anything else...There would be no detrimental effects long term" Elliott said.

According to numerous local reports, several tents at Octoberfest banned the white substance as it looked too close to cocaine, making it hard to tell the difference.

Featured Image: Instagram/contili_mo. 

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au