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Methods to extract SA?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:32 pm
by sicknick1222
I was wondering if there was a way that you could extract the SA out of the leaf itself.. maybe like how hash oils are made from marijuana? what are you thoughts?

Re: Methods to extract SA?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:26 pm
by Ulmdorgr
I'm unfamiliar with hash oil extraction, but as far as I know Salvinorin A isn't contained in a resin like cannabinols are. If you look at the trichomes where salvinorins are produced, it appears as an emulsion (Siebert's description). That is, it's like flakey dirt or dust. Just random crystals strewn about. Since I am unaware of any resinous substances, I hypothesize that any salvinorins outside of a trichome will end up on the ground (as I understand it, the majority of the trichomes are on the bottom).

You should familiarize yourself with this document (I recommend saving a copy in case it is lost in the future); it has some good pictures: http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/repri ... eytype=ref

Since salvinorins form crystalline structures, a typical extraction is an attempt to acquire a small pile of those crystals. Cannabis and s. divinorum are very different.

Re: Methods to extract SA?

PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:51 pm
by ChemistKen
you would have to have appropriate solvents and distillation apparatus on hand and a little knowledge of chemistry....likely it would require a fractional distillation and extraction to get a good amount of the crude crystals, which then would likely need to be purified, either by recrystallization or even in a flash column depending on the purity of the crude crystals.

:ugeek:

Re: Methods to extract SA?

PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:58 pm
by ChemistKen
:ugeek: And of course obtaining sal a crystals should only be done by a professional for research, of course... :|

And why would one want pure sal a crystals for anything besides research...ingesting them would not be a good idea... :?

Re: Methods to extract SA?

PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 9:26 pm
by Ulmdorgr
Well, you can apply the crystals across leaf material to create standardized extracts... Maybe he's starting a business. =)

Re: Methods to extract SA?

PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 11:02 am
by ChemistKen
oh yes that would be a business....unless you have a knowledge of chemistry then I wouldn't try to get sal a crystals, instead use greater than 90% ethanol, methanol or isopropyl alcohol and extract chemicals from ground up leaves, the solvent(alcohol) can then be evaporated off and the extract spread on the leaves...much safer to do for the average joe to do and cheaper, unless you know a chemist that could safely acquire sal a crystals, but still I do not suggest or support the use or ingestion of pure sal a crystals since adequate research has not been done on that yet. :ugeek:

Re: Methods to extract SA?

PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 11:45 pm
by Ulmdorgr
Or sell the crystals to labs... but they probably do it themselves. To "smoke" Salvia divinorum is to vaporize and absorb the crystals. I wouldn't try it, dosing that would be SO difficult.