A re-extraction or “re-x” is a step taken to clean up your DMT, post-extraction. When extracting DMT, impurities such as lye from your base layer or little pieces of bark can make their way into your final product. Performing a re-x is a good way to eliminate those impurities and make sure you have the safest and cleanest end product. If you would like to know how to extract DMT safely at home, check out “How to extract DMT: A simple guide“, on Entheogen insight.
A re-x is a straightforward process in which you re-dissolve your freshly extracted DMT into some fresh, warm Naphtha and put it through the precipitation process a second time. After you dissolve the spice in the fresh solvent, any base or impurities that have worked their way into your DMT will sink to the bottom of your solvent, allowing you to pour the good solvent into your dish for freezing, while leaving the bad stuff behind at the bottom.
This process is a good practice that is highly recommended with all of your future DMT extractions. The picture below is a side-by-side comparison that shows firsthand how much cleaner your DMT will be if you take the time to put in a little extra work. DMT that has been through a re-x will also be very smooth when smoked which is a huge positive for your overall experience.
Tools and ingredients needed to re-x
- Safety glasses and gloves
- A scale that measures in milligrams
- Dried DMT
- Naphtha or Heptane
- A standard cooking pot
- A Pyrex casserole dish for freeze precipitating
- A beaker or small mason jar
Preparing to re-x
Before starting the re-x process, you need to decide how much DMT you will re-x. For every ½ gram of DMT, you will use 50ml of fresh Naphtha or Heptane. A re-x works really well with Heptane because It Targets DMT better than Naphtha. Naphtha collects other alkaloids while Heptane specifically targets DMT. Heptane is expensive though so if you can’t afford it, Naphtha will work just as well.
The goal when doing a re-x is to use as little solvent as possible. When too much solvent is present, the DMT won’t precipitate out of the solvent properly. That is why often you will see people evaporate half of their solvent before freezing their dish. However, this is a waste of solvent. If you use the bare minimum, to begin with, you can avoid the need for an evaporation step.
Below is a chart to show you the ratio of solvent to use per ½ gram of DMT.
|½ gram of dried spice =
|50ml of fresh Naphtha or Heptane
|1 gram of dried spice =
|100ml of fresh Naphtha or Heptane
|1.5 grams of dried spice =
|150ml of fresh Naphtha or Heptane
|2 grams up to 2.5 grams of dried spice =
|200ml of fresh Naphtha or Heptane
How to re-x
- Weigh out spice to re-x
- Measure out solvent
- Fill the pot with hot water
- Give the solvent a hot water bath
- Dissolve spice in warm solvent
- Separate clean solvent from impurities
- Freeze precipitate your spice
1. Weigh out the spice to re-x
For example, here is how to do a re-x on 1 gram of DMT. using your scale, measure out 1 gram of DMT and set it off to the side.
2. Measure out your solvent
Since you are doing a re-x on 1 gram of spice, you will use 100ml of fresh Naphtha or Heptane. This is the perfect time to use the 250ml beaker that came in your beaker set from amazon. If you don’t have a beaker, use a small 8 oz mason jar. Whatever you use has to be tempered or borosilicate glass since we are using heat. After measuring out your solvent, cover the jar with aluminum foil to avoid evaporation and fumes.
3. Fill your pot with hot water
Turn on your kitchen sink and let the water get as hot as it can get. Then fill your pot till the water line in the pot reaches the same height as the solvent line in your jar. You need to give the jar a hot water bath to heat the solvent up. If you need to use a stove to heat your water, make sure your solvent is nowhere near an open flame.
4. Give the solvent a hot water bath
Place your covered solvent jar in the pot of hot water and allow the solvent to warm up for 15 minutes, occasionally swirling the solvent every 3 to 4 minutes. This will allow the solvent to heat up quickly and evenly.
5. Dissolve spice in the warm solvent
After your solvent has warmed up, peel back the aluminum foil on your jar and add your DMT to the solvent. Cover your jar again with the foil and begin swirling the solvent to mix the spice. Since the solvent is warm you will notice that the DMT dissolves quickly. Keep your solvent in your hot water bath for another 15 minutes, occasionally mixing the solvent every 3 minutes.
Keep the water warm during this time. If your water starts to cool off, pour it out and fill it with fresh hot water.
6. Separate clean solvent from impurities
After 15 minutes, you will notice that any impurities in your spice will have sunk to the bottom of your jar. Usually, it looks like a yellow or red blob of goo. Get your casserole dish and a few paper towels. Remove your solvent from the water bath and wipe off the outside of the jar to avoid droplets of water falling into your casserole dish.
Peel back the aluminum foil on your solvent and slowly pour the solvent into your casserole dish, leaving behind the yellow or red impurities at the bottom. You only want the clean solvent in your dish.
7. Freeze precipitate your spice
Now that you have separated the impurities from your spice, cover your casserole dish and allow the crystals to precipitate in your freezer for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove your dish from the freezer, pour the excess solvent off the top of your crystals, and allow them to dry before collecting them.
You now have successfully performed a re-x on your spice making it safer and cleaner. You will notice a slight loss of spice weight. Since you removed the impurities, you will have slightly less spice than what you started with. For this example, if you started with 1 gram of spice, after re-x you will retrieve 800 – 900 milligrams. That means 100 milligrams of impurities were removed.
This means the re-x was successful and made your final product that much better. Once again, a re-x is highly recommended in every extraction. Spice that has gone through a re-x step will be very smooth when smoked and ultimately give you a far better experience. It is a great safety step to ensure your spice is clean.