Old information on Phalaris extractions by Mescalito Ted, with an excerpt from DeKorne's "Psychedelic Shamanism"
There are a large number of plants from around the world that
contain DMT and other similar alkaloids. Some of these are several
Psychotria spp., Phalaris spp., Acacia spp., Arundo donax, Desmanthus
illinoiensis, etc. The plant we will be dealing with in this text
is called Phalaris aruninacea. This plant is easy to obtain, looks
almost identical to common lawn grass, has some of the highest
concentrations of DMT, and is beyond easy to grow.
Phalaris arundinacea is available from MANY mail-order companies.
Here is a list of addresses and prices.. (These are spring 1995 prices)
Do not be stupid with these companies inquiring about drugs, etc... These
are (semi)legitimate businesses.
[Incredibly outdated supplier list deleted -- Sept. 2000, The Lycaeum]
P. arundinacae is a highly invasive grass that spreads through
runners on the surface. The seeds work best if grown in a sterilized
potting soild mixture, and sown in a large flat vat, or pan. Of course
you can grow it in pots, but there is not as much surface area. The seeds
are sown approx. 1/8" under the soil and around 1/2" away from each other.
Give them plenty of light, and water them daily. You will see them sprout
in less then 4-5 days. They will be tall enough to pick in about 2-3 weeks.
There are a lot of facts about DMT you should know about if you
don't already. Before trying it, do some reading on the effects... DMT
flashes can become extremely intense, and could literally quickly clear
your bowels if you are not mentally prepared. DMT is not *normally*
orally active. But, through the use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors
(MAOI's), it can become active by drinking or eating. A mixture of an
MAOI and Dimethyltryptamine is called Ayahuasca. This text will be dealing
with *smokable* DMT, so don't worry about MAOI's right now.
As far as I know, the whole idea of smokable DMT from plants is
a very new area of exploration. (At least using methods that we can all
handle in our household lab... AKA - Kitchen. heh.) James Dekorne (author
of the 'Psychedelic Shamanism' and other books. He his also the compiler
and distributor of the Entheogen Review) discovered the methods that will
be discussed below. Here is a extract from his book, available from Loompanics...
Psychedelic Shamanism - Chapter 11
An extremely potent smokable form of DMT can be extracted from the
reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacae). I made this discovery more than
a month after the manuscript of this book was completed and sent to the
publisher. Therefore I offer this added chapter as something totally new.
To the best of my knowledge this information has never been published in a
book before, though I make no claim that I am the first person to discover
Like many such discoveries, this one was almost an accident. I had
two crushed capsules of Phalaris concentrate which I wanted to salvage as
an ayahuasca admixture. I placed the material in a shot glass full of
alcohol in order to redissolve the extract. After removing the cracked
shards of gelatin, I set the glass aside and forgot about it. Of course,
the alcohol soon evaporated, leaving behind a gummy tar. This lay around
for a period of two weeks. At one point I was about to throw it out, then
on a sudden whim wondered what would happed if I smoked the stuff.
Accordingly, I redissolved the tar in alcohol and added a pinch of
oregano as an inert smoking medium. The alcohol was allowed to evaporate,
leaving a very small amount (est. 250 mg) of Phalaris-soaked material. This
sat around for several days - I had no real expectation that the mixture
would be smokably psychoactive. (If it were, I'd have already heard about
it, right?) Imagine my surprise when, in a very casual set and setting (the
bedroom, early afternoon), I took one inhalation of this essense and found
my mind immediately blasted into a cerebral hurricane of rapidly pulsing
white light. Fortunately, I already knew what a DMT flash is like, so I
was not totally taken by surprise. The following entries from my journal
tell the unfolding story.
Journal entry 10/1/93:
Yesterday afternoon I smoked a small portion of oregano which had
been soaked in about 50 mg Phalaris grass extract dissolved in
alcohol and allowed to evaporate. This was material that R. made
to be used in combination with harmala extract as an ayahusca
analog. The consequence was an extrmely powerful DMT trip - equal
to my injected DMT experience last January at UNM, though I didn't
see any entities this time.
I can't help but think in terms of McKenna's "ingression of novelty
into time." The implications are incendiary: a natural source of
DMT, perhaps the most powerful hallucinogen on the planet, which
can be grown in anyone's yard and extracted in their kitchen! DMT
is on of the keys to the imaginal realm, but isn't for everyone.
If it becomes commonly available there will be some serious
incidents with people being unable to handle it - i.e., it is certain
to get a lot of very vad press. Yet, it could be a catalyst for a
quantum leap in human awareness - something our species, not to
mention the planet, could use right now.
This goes on to talk about some other experiences on DMT... Check
out the book if you are interested.
- Pulverize the grass cuttings as much as you can. You must
do this to rupture the cellular structure the plant. A good
way is to put the plant material in the freezer overnight,
remove the next day, thaw it, put it in the freezer again, and
then remove and thaw it again. After two or three such cycles
it will usually be mushy and easily minced in a blender. Place
the phalaris in the blender when it is frozed and the blender
will chop it easier.
- Next add enough water to the much to make a pourable soup.
- Now you must add an acid. Just enough to bring the PH down to
about 5. You can use white vinegar, lemon juice, or acetic acid.
Check the PH with PH paper, it is usually sold at most drug
stores. The acid reacts with the alkaloids in the plant
material and converts them into a salt. A good way to
facilitate this reaction is to simmer the acidified soup in a
slow cooker overnight; leave the lid on, as we don't want any
liquid to evaporate.
- Strain the plant matter through cheesecloth, then through a
paper coffee filter. The bulk roughage may now be discarded
because the alkaloids we seek have migrated into the aqueous
- Add a small percentage of a defatting solvent such as methylene
chloride, ether, chloroform, or naphtha. Naptha is easily
available in the form of Coleman fuel or lighter fluid. The
reason we do this procedure is to remove the oils and fats
which are in the solution - they will migrate into the solvent.
Shake up the mixture and put it aside long enough to seperate
into two layers, one aqueous, the other solvent. If you've ever
made vinegar and oil salad dressing then you've seen this done.
- A separatory funnel is useful for this next operation. This is
a simple lab tool consisting of a tapered glass container
with a tap at the bottom and a stoppered opening at the top.
The two liquids are poured in the top (the bottom faucet is
closed, of course); The container is corked and shaken about
to mix its contents. It is then set aside until the fluids
seperate into 2 layers. Then a tap is opened to allow the lower
stratum to drain into a container. Just before the descending
upper fraction reaches the faucet, it is closed off. You can
also do the above separation procedure with a turkey baster :)
Discard the solvent (along with the unwanted oils and fats) and
now the remaining aqueous solution contains the alkaloids.
- he next step is to add a base to our solution. One often used
in extraction formulas is ammonium hydroxide, a liquid. If this
is unobtainable you can substitute regular lye crystals. This
is sold as drain cleaner and is also called sodium hydroxide.
Dissolve this is water to a high concentration. This fluid is
added in small increments to the aqueous solution, shaking the
mixture each time, then testing it until eventually the pH
reaches 9 or 10. Be patient. It usually takes a while to
get it just right. Now you have 'unhooked' the salt and
transformed the alkaloids into their freebase form. They are
now no longer a salt, and hence no longer soluble in water...
So now the are accessable to extraction by one of the organic
solvents mentioned above. Using coleman starting fuel is best
and easy to obtain.
- A ratio of 10 percent of the aqueous solution should be enough
solvent for each extraction. The easiest way to estimate this
is to visualize where the 10% line is on your container of
aqueous solution, then add that amount of solvent to the whole,
increasing the volume to 110% (A super accurate measurement is
not necessary) The container must be kept closed tightly so
that the solvent won't evaporate from the solution.
- Four extractions are made to make SURE that all of the alkaloids
are removed. These are done at one 24-hour, and then at three
weekly intervals. The solvent layer will soon take on a darker
tint, usually yellowish or reddish-brown. This indicates the
presence of alkaloids as they slowly move out of the aqueous
solution. It will take almost a month to get most of them, and
the mixture should be shaken at least twice a day to ensure
that all of the alkaloid molecules come into contact with the
solvent. At each weekly extraction carefully separate this from
the aqeous solution be either of the methods mentioned above.
Save these solvent fractions and combine them in one container.
each time add fresh solvent to the aqeous solution until the
extraction series is complete.
- The last step is to pour the combined solvent fractions into a
shallow baking dish or pan and allow it all to evaporate in an
open space free from flame or sparks. The residue remaining
after the evaporation contains the alkaloids, and may be put
into gelatin capsules. If it is unduly gummy, one may add
small amounts of ordinary flour to the gum until it thickens.
Ok, well that's about it for now. Remember to not smoke more than
25 mg your first time. You can gradually raise the dose over time
as you become more experienced.
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