Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted. I've been busy pursuing my studies in chemistry and feeding the voracious knowledge monster. I've recently moved and I can finally put some of my hard earned skills to good practice!
Here is my nascent lab. I'll update Lab Porn with a bigger rundown as I want to discuss my planned mescaline extraction here, but here's a pic. I'm pretty proud.
My small reagent/solvent shelf:
About 12 months ago, a superior at my university gave me more than 10 meters of San Pedro cactus because it was destroyed in a storm. I took it home and put some lengths outside and others in a cupboard to mature for a few months before I did anything with them. They sat around for 6 months or so and I took about 4 meters to my mother's place, where I have a small cactus bed. A few weeks later I chopped up the remaining 6+ meters into slices about an inch thick (take that, unit consistency!) I tried to dry some of them, but the sheer bulk of them and some unseasonably wet weather caused the whole lot to go mouldy. This was disappointing, as I wanted my first extraction to be pristine, but it was not to be so I accepted reality and changed my plan. I chucked all of the slices into a cooler and covered it with water, closed the lid and left it.
The cactus slices have been undergoing enzymatic breakdown over the past 6 months or so and the plant matter is basically dissolved into the solution. It's a bit smelly (my girlfriend won't go near the shed). I poured off most of the liquid into an old fermentation container (luckily made out of HDPE!!!!) for transportation, then today I poured four litres of white vinegar into the cooler and stirred it. It looks like this: (Gross, right?)
Tomorrow, I'm going to pour all the liquid in the fermentation vat back into the cooler, then filter the solid material and capture the filtrate in the vat once more.
Then comes the NaOH. I'm going to get it nice and basic (might add a kilo of salt to break up any emulsions that form). This will be my basic solution that I will do pulls off.
I have this baby, which will make my job 1000000x easier. Last time I did a DMT extraction, I was using a fucking turkey baster and shit was not easy or efficient.
I'll take about 650mL of the basic solution at a time and do 5x 150mL xylenes pulls from it and most likely discard the basic solution (after heavy dilution).
The pulls will be combined. Now, Kash's Mescaline HCl tek says to add 100mL of water and 0.5 mL of conc. HCl, but that is too much water to deal with. I'm going to be doing at least 20 of these things, and I don't want to evaporate 2L of water; fuck that. Would I be better off making up a 10M solution of HCl and salting my xylenes with 20mL at a time? I'll reuse them for each pull, so it's not like I'm losing any mesc. 20mL should be able to be pulled out the separatory funnel cleanly.
What do the old hands think? Is this a viable plan? Anything you'd do differently?
Hints, tips, tricks and criticisms are all welcome!
Edited by Sidestreet, 05 September 2016 - 05:46 PM.