Crystallization

All of the recipes in this book give ecstasy freebase oil as the final product. Although this can be used as is, it is much more preferable to crystallize it into a distributable, usable form. To do this one is going to place a hydrochloride (HCI) onto the NH2 group of the MDA (or amphetamine) molecule. This is easy to do and does not affect the drug in any way. In fact, if one were to look at the active ingredients label on almost any pill bottle in the pharmacy one can see that the drug therein is referred to as 'what-ever-drug.HCf. The drug companies crystallize their freebases with HCI and so will the underground chemist.

To do this, one is going to generate a dry HCI gas by using the setup in figure 17. In the reaction flask is placed about 100g non-iodized table salt (NaCl) and 200mL straight-from-the-bottl e 30-35% HCI (again, Strike is stressing that that $2.00/gal pool cleaner 30% HCI stuff works great!). These amounts do not have to be exact. All the chemist is doing is using enough salt to bind the water from the HCI solution. In the separatory funnel is placed an arbitrary [Figure 17] amount of concentrated (96-98%) H2S04 (let's say 100mLs). The HCl/salt mix doesn't need to be stirred but a little swirling at the beginning, to

mix the salt and acid, and occasionally during the addition is preferable.

In a plastic container the chemist dissolves her golden yellow freebase oil into some DCM, ether or ethanol. The chemist then starts a steady dripping of the sulfuric acid into the HCl/salt and white, puffy HCI gas will start to exit the glass rod or pipette which is at the end of the hose. That tip is then plunged into the sol-vent/freebase solution to bubble the gas through the solvent.

There's a few things to note about what happens next. If the free-base that the chemist has is not 100% pure (which it usually isn't) then there is going to be a little pre-crystallization crap that will crystallize first. This stuff is usually orange or pink and has a crumbly, nugget-like appearance. If this stuff is going to come out it will usually occur after about 30 seconds or so of steady bubbling. When the chemist sees this she stops the bubbling and vacuum filters this stuff from the solution. Every time the chemist vacuum filters during crystallization she must always wash the filter cake with a little extra solvent. Before she discards the filter with the crap in it she washes it with a little extra ether because there will always be some valuable freebase oil coating the filter. And no, that colored crap is not 'dirty X'. If one were to try it they would end up getting sick.

After the crap is removed, the bubbling is resumed and in about 30-60 seconds white, wispy crystals will start spewing from the tip of the pipette. Crystals will start forming everywhere and, if enough freebase is present, the whole solution will become a thick sludge of beautiful, white MDA.HCI crystals. It is the most satisfying sight to behold. These crystals are removed by filtration, washed with a little solvent and spread out to dry on a plate beneath a warming lamp. The remaining solvent still has more free-base and it will be bubbled as many times as necessary to crystallize all of it out. At the end of the run, sadly, no more white X will appear but there will be another small formation of colored crap. This is also discarded.

There is a very important point to stress about the above procedure. Strike listed ether, DCM and ethanol as crystallization solvents. But the one chemists should use is DCM. That's right...DCM! Strike is telling all of you right now that DCM is an absolutely superior solvent for crystallization. In fact it is so good that one need not purify the freebases acquired from the ends of half of the recipes in this book.

Most of the final product producing recipes In this book will provide for the chemist to take up the final free base product in DCM. Usually the freebase oil in the DCM is dark. Used to be that Someone-Who-ls-Not-Strike (SWINS) would have to distill the freebase to get clear yellow oil before crystallizing because when SWINS used ether or ethanol as a crystallization solvent, the colored crap would contaminate the final product. But not with DCM. Even with the grungiest (well...not too grungy) freebase, the crystals that come out are pure snow. The DCM so strongly solvates the contaminants that none remain in the mass of crystalled final product. The filter cake is sooooo clean even in the darkest solvent!

The other amazing thing about DCM is that the crystals produced in it are weird. Crystals produced by ether are little and powder-puffy. Nothing wrong with that per se. But the crystals produced in DCM are large, crystalline and sparkly. And although there shouldn't be a difference, SWINS swears the effects are more powerful.

There are some alternatives to this HCI generator type of crystallization. There are, of course, canisters of HCI gas that can be purchased. Also, one can crystallize with very concentrated (fuming) HCI by pouring the stuff directly into the ether/freebase [26]. Regular 35% HCI can do this too, but the water content may dissolve the MDA.HCI or make the crystals sticky which means that the chemist will have to dry the solution by removing the water.

One idea that Strike thinks is handy would be to set up the HCI generator and bubble as much HCI as possible into as much sol

vent as can be spared by the chemist. What the chemist now has is a reagent of super-saturated HCI/solvent. This solvent can be stored indefinitely and be brought out for use when it's time to crystallize. All the chemist has to do is dissolve her freebase in as little solvent as possible, then pour in some HCI/solvent reagent. All of the freebase will instantly go poof! into crystals. All this means that the chemist won't have to keep setting up the generator apparatus all the time.

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