Hey mushroom people, I don't have a phone with a camera still so I can't post pics, and I'm not really doing anything exciting as far as grows or myco stuff, but I wanted to make a post about this website for lab equipment I found advertising this "ultrasonic extraction device". It explains that ultrasonic extraction can be used to get "high psilo yield and fast extaction time", using ethanol or methanol.
There was a short video clip on the page showing a beaker full of a clear liquid with a metal apparatus of some sort sticking down into it, sitting on a tray. A hand appears and dumps in a bunch of what looks like wood shavings,. It's supposed to stand in for shrooms, that is what it is advertised and apparently designed for. The wierd hand comes in and dumps in about a few grams dry worth. The apparatus starts to "ultrasonically" stir the mixture, going very fast and making a high pitched screech noise that was loud as shit. I suppose it was acting as a centrifuge to push the solvent through the material, hopefully carrying all the magical shit out into the solution. Then it stops, not having chewed/chopped up the material any more than it was, it was just as course as when it started, then it panned to show the rest of the apparatus from the side.
The site was very pro and actually the for manufacturer for the machine, and had a lot more high end looking lab equip. The company is Hishler Ultrasound Technology, IDK if I should link to the site here, so I will copy the descriptions of the machine and it's uses below.
It seems like this machine and others on the site are designed by them for the specific purpose of extracting drugs(LOL), even CBD from cannabis(!), and other chemicals/alkaloids from plants etc. It seems pretty high tech and legit I am not familiar with brands of this type of stuff(lab equipment). They list many other "sciency" uses for this and many fancy pieces of lab equip they make and sell. Also, they list a shit ton of applications for them. It's surprising to me that they advertise it for these purposes since it seems to be such high-tech equipment from a high-end lab equipment manufacturer. I might expect them to advertise it for cannabis(medical) but they specifically talk about mushrooms, I was like, "I'll be damned!".
IDK if this was the right forum to post this, if not it can be moved or whatever. I just thought it was awesome. I wondered if anyone has ever heard of this, or knows if it works to extract the psilly, or might it be bullshit(I doubt it, being such a pro ass site)?
Here is the description of the machine from the website-
Ultrasonic Psilocybin Extraction from Mushrooms-
Psilocybin is the active substance extracted from hallucinogenic mushrooms. Ultrasonic extraction is often used to extract the psilocybin efficiently from mushrooms. Ultrasonic extraction gives high psilocybin yield in a very rapid extraction time.
Ultrasonic Isolation of Psilocybin-
Ultrasonic extraction of dried magic mushroom material works very well with ethanol or methanol as solvent. For best results, it is recommended to used dried mushroom. Before ultrasonication, the dried mushroom material should be ground to provide a large surface area for the mass transfer between the mushroom and solvent. The ultrasonic treatment breaks the cell walls of the mushroom so that the psilocybin and psilocin molecules are released into the solvent. The ultrasonic isolation method of active substances such as psilocybin is used to extract the compounds for medical as well as for analytical purposes.
Ultrasound is known as the most simple and most versatile method for cell disruption and the production of extracts. High-power ultrasound waves are successfully used in the food, pharma and nutraceutical industry to isolate targeted compounds from plant and animal tissues. Typical applications include the extraction of flavour ingredients from foods (e.g. tomato, herbs, coffee, fruits, shellfish etc.) as well as the isolation of pharmaceutically and nutraceutically active substances (e.g. CBD from cannabis, high molecular weight polysaccharides from medicinal mushrooms, vitamins from vegetables etc.). One main advantage of ultrasound-assisted cell lysis and isolation the outstanding effectiveness of the extraction procedure, resulting in very high yields and fast extraction rates. Another advantages, which comes in play with food and medical substances, is that sonication is an non-thermal process. This means active compounds are not treated at high temperatures so that thermal degradation of the extracts is avoided – protecting the extracts’ bioactivity.
Ultrasonic Extraction Equipment-
Hielscher Ultrasonics supplies ultrasonic devices for the cell disruption and extraction on lab and industrial scale. For the extraction of lab samples and smaller batches up to 4L (or up to 50L/hr with flow cell), an ultrasonic lab homogenizer such as the UP200St (200W) or UP400St (400W) is powerful and efficient enough to fulfil the treatment. Besides extraction, the same ultrasonic device can be used for the preparation of emulsions or tinctures, e.g. to improve bioavailability and digestibility.
Edited by Billcoz, 10 May 2019 - 02:20 AM.