can the red pigment in sorrel be used as an acid-base indicator?
nt a bunch of
thallium around the house about like you want to be kicked in the
teeth with a heavy pair of boots.
A further bad aspect of this method is its high cost. 100 grams sell
for $150, and the high molecular weight of the compound means that a
lot of it has to be used to get a moderate amount of product. One
pound of thallium(ni) nitrate is required for a 1-molar batch.
This method can be found in Tetrahedron Letters No. 60, pages
5275-80 (1970). To produce a one mole batch, dissolve one mole of
propenylbenzene in some methanol, and put it into a one-gallon glass
jug. In a beaker, dissolve one mole (448 grams) of thallium(HI) nitrate
trihydrate in methanol. Then pour the thallium solution into the jug
with the propenylbenzene, and stir at room temperature for 5 minutes.
The thallium(I) nitrate formed by the reaction comes out of solution. It is
removed by filtration.
The propenylbenzene has at this point been converted to a ketal.
This is hydrolyzed to the phenylacetone by shaking the filtrate with
about 2000 ml of 1 molar sulfuric acid solution in water for about 5
minutes. The phenylacetone is then extracted out with a couple of
portions of tolulene. This extract is then washed with 5% NaOH
solution, then distilled or purified by conversion to the bisulfite
12 Studies On The Production OfTMA-2
Production of TMA-2, MDA, etc. from the
There are three good methods for converting the phenylacetone to
the psychedelic amphetamine. Choice number one is to use reductive
amination with a hydrogenation bomb with Raney nickel, ammonia
and alcohol solvent. See Journal of the American Chemical Society,
Volume 70, pages 12811-12 (1948). Also see Chem. Abstracts from
1954, column 2097. This gives a yield of about 80% if plenty of
Raney nickel is used. The preferred conditions for use with MDA is a
temperature of 80 C, and a hydrogen pressure of 50 atmospheres.
The drawback to this method is the need for a shaker device for
the bomb, and also a heater. The use of platinum as the catalyst in the
bomb works great when making MDMA, but gives lousy results when
making MDA. There may be a way around this, however, for serious
experimenters. It has been found in experiments with phenylacetone
that a mixture of ammonia and ammonium chloride produces good
yields of amphetamine (50%) when used in a bomb with platinum
catalyst. Methylenedioxyphenylacetone is quite likely to behave
similarly, along with other phenylacetones.
To use this variation, the following materials are placed in the 1.5
liter champagne bottle hydrogenation device described in Chapter 11 of
Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture, Third Edition: .5 gram
platinum in 20 ml distilled water. If this platinum is in the form of
PtO2 instead of reduced platinum metal catalyst obtained with
borohydride, the experimenter must now reduce the platinum by
pressurizing the bottle with hydrogen and stirring fo
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and cause amnesia, confusion and sluggishness s obtained in pure form from the oil by fractional
distillation under a vacuum. Asarone boils at about 170° C under good
aspirator vacuum of 15-20 torr. The asarone fraction should be
collected over a 20-degree range centered on 170° C. I found the yield of
asarone from American plants to be about 15% of the oil, giving 30 ml
from 15 pounds of root.
Asarone is a light-sensitive material, and as such, should be stored in
the fridge or freezer. Upon standing in the fridge, it will crystallize,
allowing further purification by filtering. The m.p. of the pure
substance is 67° C. Asarone is listed as a cancer-suspect chemical,
along with half the other substances in the world. In reality it is not
particularly harmful. See Chem. Abstracts 1931, page 169. It also
doesn't have any pronounced drug effect at reasonable oral dosage.
See Dr. Shulgin's comments on the substance in Pikhal.
With the double bond in the propenyl position, we come to the
next major advance over the disappointing procedure cited in the
beginning of this chapter. See European Patent 0,247,526 titled "A
Process for 3,4-dimethoxyphenylacetone Preparation." This process
uses a simple electrochemical cell to convert the propenyl-benzene to
the corresponding phenylacetone in very high yield. The procedure
given also works with 2,4,5-trimethoxypropenylbenzene (asarone),
and probably also with iso-safrole. It is my opinion that it will work
with all propenylbenzenes.
There are great advantages to the use of an electrochemical cell in
clandestine synthesis. The solvents and the salts can be reused over
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and over again, making for a very low profile. The reagent doing the
transformation is electricity, available at the nearest wall socket. The
transformer, multimeter and alligator-clip wiring can all be obtained at
Radio Shack with zero suspicion attached. This method comes with
my highest recommendation.
To do the reaction, a 1000 ml beaker must be rigged up as shown in
Figures 6 and 7.
A central piece of
stainless steel having a
surface area of about 100 cm2
actually in contact with the
solution is securely clamped
into place down the center of the beaker.
On each side of this stainless steel piece,
securely clamp into place two pieces of
graphite, roughly equal in size, having a
total surface area in contact with the
solution of about 70 cm2. All three of
these electrodes should run
straight down into the flask, and a
constant distance of 1 cm should
separate the surface of
the anodes from the
cathode. This is very
important, as the anodeto-
cathode distance determines the voltage at which this cell runs. It is
also very important that shorts between the anode and cathode be
prevented. The current must flow anode-to-cathode through the
solution, not through a short!
Then into the beaker place a magnetic stirring bar, 25 grams of
NaBr dissolved in 100 ml of water, 500 ml of acetonitrile, and 20
grams of asar
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