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|Alternative Chemical Names:||3-[2-(dimethylamino)ethyle]indole, DMT|
|Chemical Formula:||C12H 16N2|
|Melting Point:||44.6-44.8° (crystals)|
|Boiling Point:||60-80° (crystals)|
Controlled substance (hallucinogen) U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21 Part 1308.11 (1985).
In modern times there has been a reduction of ritual. The ceremonies, that previously served to cast out an individual from modern associations and throw him into a field of epiphanies, have become merely form, betraying the inner forces that must somehow manifest. Shamen know of these inner forces. They understand the inevitable overwhelming psychological experience that everyone will face if they are to complete their inward path to open the unconscious and fall in. The psychological crisis is the fulcrum of any metaphysical realization the individual may have about himself or his world. Without these intense experiences, without the rituals that convey the message of the journey, and without shamen to show the way, many are lost in the world searching constantly farther for what is contained only within. To chemically force such spiritual breakthrough may be interpreted by some as a way to circumvent the trials that are necessary to test each soul willing to see the truth of their life. But in contemporary society where is the individual to seek these tests of the self or to be struck silent in awe of their own natural beauty or that of the universe? The shamen offered these opportunities to the individuals of their society for generations, helping people maintain a healthy psychology between the known world and the mystical. I now offer this ability to you in one of many forms, DMT.
DMT is perhaps the most powerful hallucinogen known to man. It is related to LSD and psilocybin. There are no drug tests that would show DMT usage. None of the basic NIDA-5 drug tests [Erowid Note: Now called the "SAMHSA-5"] or any extended drug test will show a result for DMT. DMT is naturally formed in the body and has been found in abnormal levels in the body fluids of persons suffering from schizophrenia. DMT is almost never sold through dealers, rarely synthesized, and seldom used. It is, however, easily extracted from common plant materials and has been used in various forms for hundreds of years (timeline). DMT is not a “social drug” however. Respect the drug and its incredible potential. This drug is not for the inexperienced, nor is it recommended to those who are just looking for another “high.” Few seek the visions enabled through DMT, and even fewer return to them. Even avid psychedelic users have had frightening experiences with DMT on their first encounter with the drug. Take care to research and find out if DMT is for you. I stress that educating yourself about this drug (and about all drugs you intend to use) will make you a more competent and prepared chemist, tripper, and guide.
This manual is presented as a quick bench guide for the complete novice on how to extract DMT. Although the text and illustrations for the process were all created by myself, there are a few pictures which are not my own. The origins of these pictures are credited in the bibliography. I would like to encourage others to add to this manual their own written observations. When attempting to produce any of these products the reader is encouraged to read through the steps several times to closely familiarize himself with the entire process. Please take note that DMT is an illegal substance in the United States of America and is controlled under federal regulations. The following is for educational purposes only.
How to Extract DMT from Natural Sources
(in Ten Easy Steps)
First a plant must be selected that contains the chemicals we wish to extract. None of these plants are illegal and they can be found growing wild and free all over the world (much less can be said for some of our other favorite plants.) Most of these plant materials can be ordered through the internet. A little research may reveal a large quantity of some useful plant material growing near you. Alkaloid contents of each plant mary vary according to the growing conditions. Specifics about these plants and how to grow them are beyond the scope of this manual but the information can easily be found. Below is a chart of several plants that contain NN-DMT, 5-OH-DMT, and 5-MeO-DMT (DMT’s close cousin.)
|Acacia maidenii bark|
|Acacia simplicifolia bark|
|Mimosa hostilis root (bark)|
|Virola shoots & flowers|
|Desmanthus illinoensis root (bark)|
|Phalaris arundinacea (‘net gossip)|
|Psychotria species (averaged, from Jonathan Ott)|
|N,N-DMT||DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine) is one of the most hallucinogenic compounds known. DMT is not active orally (unless in the form of an ayahuasca brew), but must be smoked in it’s freebase form to experience its effects. (DMT can be taken orally when mixed with a MAOIs, but this is not recommended for the first time user.) The body quickly builds a tolerance for the drug. Your DMT dose must be taken within 60 seconds. Any more of the drug after this first minute will not enhance the experience. It is recommended to give at least one hour before attempting another DMT trip.|
|5-MeO-DMT||Effects of 5-MeO-DMT are psychedelic without the visual distortions found in NN-DMT. 5-MeO-DMT is taken at 1/4 the dose of NN-DMT and will overpower the NN-DMT.|
|5-OH-DMT||(Bufotenine) can cause severe physical discomfort including circulatory distress, nausea, psychological distress (panic and fear), severe skin flushing, and has the possibility of being fatal.|
|MAOI||(Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) will intensify and prolong the effects of NN-DMT, however this is never recommended. Foolish combinations of MAOIs and other drugs can lead to serious health problems and even death. The tryptamines are normally metabolized by an MAO in the body. MAO metabolizes serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. By inhibiting this, MAOIs increase levels of those neurotransmitters. Tyramine will not be metabolized and will cause an increase in tyramine levels in the blood.|
For our experiment we will be using Mimosa hostilis root-bark to provide a very pure product of NN-DMT without the over powering influence of 5-MeO-DMT or the negative side effects of 5-OH-DMT. For a solvent we will be using common naphtha. Notes on adaptations for chemicals and other variations of this process are described as well. The following is a list of materials:
|1. Mimosa hostilis root-bark||(30g suggested starting amount – $45/100g)|
|2. Muratic acid||(pool acid – $4/gallon)|
|3. pH papers||(litmus papers – $3/100 tests)|
|4. Lye||(Red Devil Brand – $5)|
|5. Naphtha||(Zippo lighter fluid – $5)|
|6. Coffee filters and cotton swabs/cloth||( – $2)|
|7. Funnel||( – $2)|
|8. 3 labeled glass jars with lids (thick canning jars work best, but pickle jars will do)||(labeled Jar A , Jar B, and Jar C – $3)|
|9. Evaporating dish||(glass baking pan – $10)|
|10. Glass pipette||(turkey baster – $4)|
|11. Goggles and gloves||( – $10)|
|12. Distilled water||( – $2)|
|Total = ~$100.00|
STATEMENT OF HAZARDS: Methylene Chloride
Suspect cancer hazard. Risk of cancer depends on duration and level of contact. Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin and eye irritation. Causes respiratory tract irritation. May affect blood cells. May affect the central nervous system. May cause blindness. Avoid breathing vapor or mist. Handle with caution. Keep in mind these risks whenever substituting DCM for any other solvent.
STATEMENT OF HAZARDS: Muratic Acid
Preparing Plant Material
Acidify Water to pH 2
electronic pH meter in jarFigure 1
Convert Alkaloids to Salts
|Using a pipette (or turkey baster) transfer enough acidified water from Jar A into Jar B to cover the root-bark in the bottom of Jar B (~8 ounces, or 250ml acidified water into Jar B.) When the acid reacts with the root-bark, it converts the alkaloids (elf-spice) into salts. To help facilitate this process we can:
Allow the contents of the jar 24 hours to react the first time. The alkaloids (tryptamines) are converted into salts and become water soluble. Our elf-spice is now contained in the aqueous solution.
|Plug the bottom of the funnel with cotton balls or cotton cloth to create a cotton-filter. Pour the contents of Jar B through the funnel and into Jar C. Squeeze the root-bark contents inside the filter to press out the remaining juices. Save the root-bark that has been caught by the filter and place it back into Jar B.
Collect 3 Extractions
|Repeat the process outlined in STEPS 2, 3, and 4, two more times. The initial extraction is most important. For best results, allow the contents of the jar more time to react during the remaining two extractions. Shake Jar B, 4 times a day, for 1 week before filtering each time through a cotton-filter. Collect the acidic contents in Jar C each time. After these initial 3 cotton-filtration cycles, clean Jar A and Jar B, and dispose of remaining root-bark.After all 3 extraction phases, filter the contents of Jar C again, this time using a paper coffee-filter instead of a cotton filter.
Repeat this process as necessary to remove as many of the particulates from our solution as possible.
|Next we defat the solution. This is part of standard lab procedure whenever extracting alkaloids of this sort. This process removes the oils, fats, and other unwanted substances from our aqueous solution and also helps with yields. All DMT salts are insoluble in non-polar solvents — with the exception of DMT acetate — which is soluble in chlorinated non-polar solvents such as chloroform and DCM. Thus if you are using white vinegar (acetic acid) as your acid, you will need to use naptha or ether to defat as chloroform or DCM would extract the DMT acetate along with the oils and fats, defeating the purpose of this step.When using mimosa hostilis root-bark you may find this step unnecessary, however, any plant material foliage containing chlorophyl it is strongly recommended. To do this we add an organic (non-polar) solvent to the acidic solution. Before using any solvents test a significant amount (~500ml) of the solvent by evaporating it in a dish. This will verify that there are no residues or orders left when evaporation is complete (commonly found in many over-the-counter solvents.) Later in the procedure (STEP 10) you will be evaporating this solvent to leave a smokable form of DMT. Anything your solvent contributes, you may be smoking in the final product. Below are listed several more common organic non-polar solvents.
It is important to remember what type of organic solvent you use. For our defatting process we will use naphtha.
Add to Jar B ~50-100ml (~2-3.5 ounces) naphtha. (Only 10-15% the volume of our acidic solution is enough naphtha for this step. Visualize what 10% of the total of the solution is and add that amount of naphtha into the jar.) Cap the lid on Jar B and shake the contents vigorously for 20 minutes. Set Jar B aside and allow for emulsion (foam, bubbles, solutions, particles, etc.) to separate into two distinct layers (much like oil and water will separate.) This may take ~24 hours (48 in some cases.) The oils and fats will migrate into the non-polar solvent layer leaving our alkaloids in the aqueous solution. Since we are using naphtha, the solvent layer will rise to the top of Jar B. Using a pipette (or turkey baster) remove the solvent layer and discard.
Repeat defatting process 2 times.
| Figure 5
NaphthaDefatting processSeperatory Funnel in Jar
Prepare to Basify
In this step we will be preparing the solution for the alkaloids migration using a common organic non-polar solvent. For our solvent we will use warm naphtha (other solvents are identified in STEP 6.)
Add to Jar B 100ml (~3 ounces) warm naphtha. Shake the jar for 5 minutes.
Basify to pH 9
|Now we must basify our solution. By doing this we will “unhook” the salt and transform the alkaloid into its “free base” form. The alkaloids will no longer be a salt, nor will they be soluble in water. This allows us to extract them with the organic solvent added in STEP 7. Ammonium hydroxide is normally used, but for our experiment we will be using NaOH found in household lye crystals (Red Devil drain cleaner) and purchased at hardware stores. Lye is very caustic and can react violently. Take the proper precautions when using lye.A good mixture for basifying is 5g (~0.2 ounces) lye mixed with 95g (~3 ounces) distilled water. The reason we dilute the base is to prevent localized pH spikes which will destroy the alkaloids in the area that we are adding the concentrated base. Create a basic mixture as follows:
Now using a pipette transfer small amounts of solution in Jar A into Jar B.
You have now formed the free base alkaloids that are soluble in non-polar solvents. According to the Merck Index the pKa (natural pH) of DMT is 8.68 (which would make this the ideal pH to extract at.) In many experiments the average pH of the final basified solution in STEP 8 was ~10, which gave satisfactory results everytime.
|As these alkaloids dissolve in non-polar solvent added in STEP 7 , an emulsion will form. The strength of emulsion formed is directly proportional to the strength of stirring. Heavy, rapid stirring produces a thick emulsion that takes up to 4 days to settle out. Light, slow stirring over a longer period of time produces and emulsion that separates quickly without affecting the yield. Let the jar sit overnight until the emulsion has separated into two distinct layers. If emulsion has not cleared in 48 hours, try the following:
The naphtha will create a thick orange/pink emulsion with small bubbles that sometimes takes over 48 hours to separate. Always wait a few days before trying other methods to break down the emulsion. Keeping the naphtha warm will increase the amount of alkaloids it carries with it during each extraction. To help keep the jar warm, place it in a pot surrounded by warm water. Naphtha floats. If DCM is used for our extraction solvent in STEP 7, we will have a faster resolving emulsion than naphtha (less than an hour in some cases.) The solvent may turn a slightly darker color, usually only a tint of reddish-brown or yellow. DCM sinks. Allow a minimum of 24 hours for the contents of the jar to react completely. If using methanol allow a minimum of 4 days warmed to room-temperature for reactions to complete.
Using a pipette remove the corresponding solvent layer from Jar B and save it in Jar A.
Final Alkaloid Extraction and Evaporation
|Repeat STEP 7 and STEP 9 (in that order) 2 times. Our elf-spice falls from the basified aqueous solution and into our solvent.The combined solvent fractions from our solvent extractions should now be in Jar A. Pour contents of Jar A into a glass baking dish. Allow for the solvent to evaporate. Evaporation may take up to one week (depending on your solvent.) During this time keep dish with solvent away from heat or open flame.
The remaining substance may resemble anything from a sticky orangish goo to white or pale-orange crystals, depending on how well you followed the procedure. Scrape up this substance from the baking pan with a razor. About 25mg is a good starting amount (try about the size of a pea.) Assuming best yields you could get 5-6 doses (275mg) from 30g mimosa hostilis root-bark. You will know when DMT is in the final product by the smell. DMT has a distinct synthetic smell, almost like some manufactured plastics.
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