In this guide, we are going to go over how to extract DMT, also known as N-N-Dimethyltryptamine, Step by step. This tek is simple, easy to follow, and will give you Pure, fluffy white DMT that is very smooth when vaporized.
This tek is very simple because it takes little time, and few ingredients and does not require heat baths, crock pots, or expensive tools. Everything done in this tek will be done at room temperature making it very safe and effortless for a beginner or a veteran. Using this tek you can extract up to 2 grams of pure white DMT from 100 grams of bark depending on the bark quality.
DMT is a molecule that causes a very intense psychedelic experience when vaporized, lasting about 10 minutes. Out-of-body experiences or traveling to other dimensions which are inhabited by intelligent beings that attempt to communicate with you in many ways other than the English language is not uncommon.
People report Underground cities made of brightly colored geometric lights that are filled with aliens, toys, machines, elves, jesters, and Ancient languages. It’s all very personalized and sounds crazy until you go there. This tek is your golden ticket to the most astonishing experience of your life.
Extracting your own DMT at home is very safe, and simple and can be done over the weekend. Doing it yourself ensures that you have a safe and pure product that hasn’t been laced and will give you the real Experience that you have heard many people talk about.
This guide is going to break everything down in a simple step-by-step format that requires zero experience to be successful. Links will be provided to all the ingredients and tools needed to make getting started as simple as possible. Mother nature is the best dealer in town. And if you take the time to learn this process, you will have access to her gifts, anytime, anywhere. With that being said, here is how to extract DMT.
Warning: The extraction and use of DMT may be illegal and dangerous and can result in serious legal and health consequences.
Any information provided here is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as encouraging or endorsing the use of illegal substances or activities. It is important to note that the laws regarding the use and possession of DMT vary by jurisdiction, and it is your responsibility to be aware of and comply with local laws and regulations.
Furthermore, the extraction process of DMT can be extremely hazardous, involving the use of potentially dangerous chemicals and equipment. Any attempt to extract DMT should only be done under the guidance of a trained and licensed professional, in a properly equipped laboratory setting.
The use of DMT or any other psychoactive substance can have serious and unpredictable effects on mental and physical health and may even be life-threatening. It is important to make informed decisions and seek professional advice before engaging in any activities related to psychoactive substances.
Ingredients needed for simple DMT extraction
- 100 grams of shredded or powdered Mimosa Hostilis root bark
- 100 grams of Sodium Hydroxide or “Lye”
- 30 grams of Pickling salt
- 150 milliliters of Klean Strip VM&P Naphtha
- 750 milliliters of distilled water or water available
100 grams of shredded or powdered Mimosa Hostilis root bark
Mimosa Hostilis root bark or “MHRB” is the inner root bark from the mimosa tree which is very rich in DMT. Roughly 1% of the bark’s weight is N N-Dimethyltryptamine. There are many online vendors that ethically harvest and ship mimosa bark around the world. MHRB is perfectly legal to purchase and possess because it is also used as a natural clothing dye.
Depending on the vendor and the cost of shipping, MHRB typically costs about $30 USD per 100 grams. The price can also vary depending on if you buy the bark Shredded or Powdered. Typically, powdered bark costs a few dollars extra.
It’s recommended that you buy shredded bark and grind it yourself in a coffee grinder. It saves you a few dollars and the end result is better in my opinion. I will go into further detail on this later in the tek.
Your bark quality is what will determine your total DMT yield. Good quality bark will give you a minimum of 1% back on the total dry weight of the bark used. For example, if you use 100 grams of dry bark, You should get back 1 gram of DMT. Anything over 1% is a blessing from Nature. A gift that is not to be expected every time you perform an extraction.
100 grams of Sodium Hydroxide or “Lye”
Sodium Hydroxide also known as “Lye” is a very common ingredient used to extract DMT. Lye is added to water to bring it to a pH of 12 to 13 which makes It alkaline enough to break down the fibers of the bark and release the DMT within it. Lye converts the DMT in the bark into a DMT freebase. Which allows the DMT crystals to be collected by your solvent.
Lye is commonly sold in many hardware stores as a drain cleaner for about $15 USD per bottle. However, you can buy it on amazon here for about $17 USD. If you get it online, you can be sure it’s 100% food-grade quality with no added chemicals or dyes. It’s becoming a bit more difficult to find pure lye at common home improvement stores that don’t have additives so save yourself the time and buy it online.
Some of the food-grade lye on amazon will say 99.99% pure and they are perfectly fine to use as well. If you decide to buy your Lye at a store, I always recommend checking the SDS (safety data sheet) online to ensure its pure Sodium Hydroxide.
30 grams of pickling salt
Salt is used in this tek to help prevent emulsions. Emulsions are when tiny pieces of bark from your base layer become trapped in your solvent layer. To put it in simple terms, salt will dissolve in water, but it won’t dissolve in oil meaning, using salt in our base layer will repel the oily solvent layer and prevent emulsions while still collecting the DMT released from the bark.
I recommend using pickling salt because it is pure salt. Most table salts and sea salts contain other minerals and oftentimes have additives like iodine, anti-cracking agents, or anti-clumping agents. Pickling salt however is pure and free of additives. It dissolves faster in water than common table salts as well.
Pickling salt is available at most grocery stores in the spice section for about $5USD per box. The “Morton” brand of pickling salt comes in a big box and works perfectly. If you can’t find pickling salt at your local grocery store you can also buy it on amazon and get more for your money.
As a last resort, if you absolutely don’t have access to pickling salt, you can use non-iodized table salt. People have used it in the past with no problems however you should always try to keep your extractions as pure as possible to get the purest end product. Just make sure it is non-iodized if this is your only option.
150 milliliters of Klean Strip VM&P Naphtha
Naphtha is a common solvent used to extract DMT. You can buy Naphtha off of amazon but sometimes it can be found in hardware stores in the paint section. It’s sold as paint thinner for around $12 USD per can. Naphtha is a nonpolar solvent meaning, in simple terms, it will not mix with water. Before using your solvent, make sure it has passed an evap test to make sure it is clean. If you need more information on how to do an evap test, you can view my step-by-step guide here.
Naphtha targets and absorbs the DMT released from the bark as it breaks down. Other common solvents that are used for this extraction are Bestine and Heptane. They work great! However, they are more expensive than VM&P Naphtha and a little more difficult to find at common big box stores.
If you can’t find Naphtha at your local hardware store. A few more common options are zippo lighter fluid or Rosenthal’s lighter fluid because they are both Naphtha. You can find these at smoke shops across the USA.
750 milliliters of distilled water or water available
Distilled water is recommended simply because it is pure, contains no excessive minerals or additives like spring and tap water, and has a neutral pH of 7. However, any bottled water (spring, drinking, filtered) will work. Tap water will also work just as well.
However, most tap waters are heavily Chlorinated which can transfer over to your final product. If you use tap water, I recommend letting it sit uncovered for 24 to 48 hrs so all the chlorine can evaporate before use.
Tools and supplies needed for simple DMT extraction
- Safety glasses
- Chemical-resistant nitrile gloves
- Nutribullet or coffee grinder
- A scale that measures in milligrams and grams
- A solo cup or plastic bowl to weigh ingredients in
- A 1000ml Pyrex measuring cup
- A half-gallon mason jar or 1000ml Erlenmeyer flask
- A Karter glass beaker set (optional)
- A stainless-steel spoon or magnetic stirrer (I personally prefer the magnetic stirrer)
- A 12” wooden spoon or magnetic stirrer
- A digital cooking thermometer with a stainless-steel tip
- A glass Pipette with hand pump
- A Pyrex casserole dish
- A razor blade to scrape up your DMT
- A small glass bottle and mini funnel to store your extracted DMT
Each item is cheap, simple, and widely available. I encourage you to use what’s available to you and within your budget. Whether you’re using cheap gear or expensive gear, It makes no difference in your DMT yield. However, if Extracting DMT at home is becoming your new favorite hobby, I recommend spending a few extra dollars on lab-grade equipment.
Lab grade equipment is safer to use and will make your extractions easier, effortless, and more enjoyable. All lab-grade equipment suggested is available on Amazon and shroomsupply.com and isn’t much more expensive. However, lab-grade gear isn’t necessary to be successful. Use what you have and what is in your budget.
Safety gear is the most important supply needed in this tek. Lye can burn your skin or blind you if it splashes in your eye. Using safety gear while handling the chemicals in this tek is essential. No amount of DMT is worth risking your safety. Take the time to protect yourself while working with these chemicals and doing this tek. Safety first!
This is the most important piece of gear on the list. I recommend getting chemical-resistant Safety goggles from amazon. They run about $12USD and will protect your eyes from any Lye splashes during mixing steps. Get a pair of goggles that will also shield the sides of your eyes. Random splashes will occur when you least expect it so don’t skip this step if you value your vision.
You can find packs of 100 on amazon for about $15USD in a variety of sizes. Get a size that will snugly fit your hand and look for a brand that is chemical resistant. The “ForPro” brand will work great! This will protect your hands from lye splashes. You can also use latex gloves or vinyl gloves.
Nutribullet or coffee grinder
This is used to grind the shredded bark to a coarse powder. As I mentioned above, you can buy bark pre-powdered from vendors for a few dollars extra but I would recommend shredded bark and grinding the bark yourself to save yourself a few dollars. It’s a more hands-on experience and will give you more satisfaction in the end.
Put on some music and put a lot of positive vibes into a good bark-grinding session. It also will allow you to grind the bark to the perfect consistency and not overly powdered. Bark too fine can cause emulsion issues. More on that subject later in the tek.
I recommend the Nutribullet. It is powerful enough to grind up shredded bark or bark chips. Standard coffee grinders don’t have as much power and take more time to grind all the bark. The Nutribullet makes grinding a breeze and has come in handy for many projects
A scale that measures in milligrams and grams
A scale that measures in grams is used to weigh out your dry ingredients such as your lye and bark. A cheap food scale from any grocery store will work great. They are available almost anywhere and don’t need to be expensive. Just make sure it can weigh in gram increments. It’s also recommended you get a scale that measures in milligrams from amazon. They are about $25 USD and come in handy for weighing out your yield as well as your doses. DMT is very light, and doses are measured in milligrams. A milligram scale is a must-have.
A red solo cup or a plastic bowl
This is used to hold your dry ingredients on the scale when weighing them out… Red solo cups work great and so do Tupperware bowls that will fit on the food scale. Weighing out dried bark in a cup can fill it up pretty fast so using a larger bowl will allow you to measure out your bark all at once without it overflowing.
A 1000ml Pyrex measuring cup
This supply is easy to find at almost any grocery store and is also available on Amazon for around $15 USD. Since it is used for cooking it is made of tempered glass meaning it can withstand hot and cold temperatures.
This is essential because lye causes a heat reaction when mixed with water. It’s an all-around tool because you can use it to accurately measure out your water, use it to mix up your lye water and it can even triple as a freeze precipitation dish if needed.
Pyrex isn’t the only brand that will work. Here in the states, we also have a brand called Anchor that makes a wide variety of baking and cooking glass. Whatever brand you use, just make sure this supply is tempered glass. If it’s used for cooking or baking, chances are it’s made of tempered or Borosilicate glass which is safe to use with extreme temperatures.
A half-gallon mason jar or 1000ml Erlenmeyer flask
This is the vessel that we will be conducting the extraction in. the Mason jar works perfectly because they are easy to find and clean afterward. They also make mixing very easy with spoons and don’t require a magnetic stirrer like the Erlenmeyer flask.
The wide-mouth jars are recommended because they are easy to fill with ingredients. They are also used for canning meaning that they are made of tempered glass and can withstand hot and cold. They are a great choice because they are cheap and available at most grocery stores.
If you are going to use a mason jars, I highly recommend getting 316 surgical stainless-steel mason jar lids. they are cheap and last a long time and provide you with top-of-the-line chemical resistance. Most mason jar lids are made of aluminum and are coated with plastic. The lye used in this extraction process can melt the plastic and have a negative reaction with the aluminum. I highly recommend getting these stainless-steel lids for their versatility and overall chemical protection properties.
However, if you want to be a bit fancier and spend a bit more money, you can buy yourself a 1000ml Erlenmeyer flask for about 39$ USD. They come with a PTFE screw lid which is a chemical-resistant plastic that is safe to use in this extraction.
They look cool and also have handy measurements on the side. The neck is also tapered which is handy when it comes to collecting your DMT-containing solvent. They are made of borosilicate glass which means they can withstand hot and cold temperatures as well. If you have the money, they are worth the investment.
If you decide to get the flask, you will also need to purchase a Magnetic Stirrer with PTFE stir bars. Since the top of the flask is so small, a spoon will not fit to mix all of your ingredients. So if you get the flask you will need to spend more money to get the magnetic stirrer as well. Keep that in mind.
A karter glass beaker set (optional but encouraged)
This supply is not mandatory but if you have a few extra dollars to spend they are highly recommended. The “karter glass beaker set” off amazon. A variety pack on amazon goes for around $20USD and contains sizes of 50ml, 100ml, 250ml, 500ml, and 1000ml. These are very handy and make measurements simple. Hands down, a very handy tool.
If you buy the variety pack you will notice that one of the beakers is 1000ml in size. This means that you can use this in place of the pyrex measuring cup. Its better to spend $20 USD and get a variety pack of beakers that have multiple uses. These will come in handy in so many ways.
A stainless-steel spoon and a 12” wooden spoon
Why 2 spoons? Well, each spoon has its purpose and I’ll explain as we go. First, you will need a stainless-steel spoon. This is for mixing your lye into your water. A lot of different metals react with the lye and can melt or put off harmful fumes.
However, Stainless-steel is safe to use for mixing lye and won’t put off any harmful fumes. Once again, safety first! Next, you will need a wooden spoon that is long enough to reach the bottom of your mason jar that has no dyes, chemical coatings, or glosses on it.
Bamboo spoons work great as well! This is for mixing the lye water into your powdered bark in your extraction vessel. So why not just use the stainless-steel spoon for this as well? The answer is simple: Mixing too hard with a stainless-steel spoon can crack your extraction jar.
A wooden spoon allows you to mix hard enough to get the lye water and bark to blend well without the risk of hitting the side of your jar and breaking it. When mixing your lye water into your bark, you will need it to be blended very well with no dry pockets. A wooden spoon will allow you to mix hard enough while keeping your extraction jar safe and sound.
If you don’t want to mix by hand and want to spend a few extra dollars on a useful piece of lab gear, then consider getting a magnetic stirrer. A good magnetic stirrer kit costs about $40USD on Amazon. Most magnetic stirrers come with PTFE stir bars. PTFE is a type of plastic that is chemical proof meaning lye or solvents won’t melt it and it won’t release harmful phthalate.
A magnetic stirrer will replace the need for the 2 different spoons and It makes mixing effortless. It also makes mixing a lot less messy and significantly reduces the risk of accidental lye splashes. This piece of lab gear is worth spending the extra money on.
A digital cooking thermometer with a stainless-steel tip
This is for checking the temperature of your lye water before adding it to your bark. Since everything done in the tek is at room temperature, you want to ensure our lye water has cooled to the proper temperature before adding it to your bark.
Digital cooking thermometers are cheap and available at all grocery stores for around $10 USD. Just make sure the probe is made of stainless steel since it will be touching lye water. The digital ones are best because they give you instant readings and are more accurate. A thermal laser thermometer works too if you have the money for one or already have one laying around.
A glass Pipette with a hand pump
This tool is basically a small precise turkey baster that is used for collecting your solvent layer that contains DMT. The solvent collects the DMT released from the bark and after 24hrs, you collect the solvent by siphoning it out of the extraction vessel using the Pipette.
There are many ways to siphon the solvent out of the extraction vessel, but a nice glass Pipette is a very easy collection method. You can find them on amazon ranging in price from $10USD up to $200USD. However, you don’t need anything that expensive.
A good 25-glass Pipette made by “Eisco labs” is available on Amazon for $18USD and is made of Borosilicate glass which means it can withstand hot and cold temperatures. They come in a variety of sizes but the 25ml size which holds more solvent per pump will speed up the siphoning process.
If you choose this Pipette, you will also need a hand pump that attaches to the glass pipette.
The hand pump is available on amazon under “ONiLAB Pipette pump 25ml red” for $8USD. It pairs perfectly with the glass Pipette above and is hands down a simple way to collect the solvent with ease.
Some people like to use a pipette with a squeeze bulb at the top. They do work however they require a very steady hand and transferring your solvent from your jar to your dish will take a lot longer since they can only hold 10ml in a single pump. You also need to be careful not to suck solvent up into the bulb because it is not chemically safe.
However, you decide to siphon your solvent, your tool must be made of glass. Naphtha or other solvents will melt plastic that isn’t PTFE rated and can release Phthalates Into your solvent which will carry over into your DMT.
A Pyrex casserole dish
This is used as your freeze-precipitation dish. Once you collect your solvent containing the DMT, you will place your solvent in this dish, cover it and place it in your freezer. This is known as freeze precipitation. DMT soluble in room temperature Naphtha meaning it will stay in liquid form while your solvent is at room temperature. However, when the Naphtha gets really cold, DMT forms itself back into a solid crystal state and precipitates out of the Solvent and falls to the bottom of your dish.
Since this dish is going into a freezer for 24 hours, it needs to be tempered or borosilicate glass in order to withstand the cold temperatures without breaking. Any brand of casserole dish will work as long as it is oven safe. Oven safe means it is safe to use in extreme temperatures such as hot and cold.
Casserole dishes are available at almost any grocery store. A deep 9×13-inch casserole dish bought off amazon for $17USD will work perfectly. I recommended getting a size that you can easily fit your hand into. This will make collecting your DMT crystals easier in the end.
You can get a dish that comes with a plastic lid. Naphtha evaporates over time when exposed to open air so when it comes time to freeze precipitate your solvent, you will want it covered in the freezer. You can also use a piece of aluminum foil to cover your dish if it doesn’t have a lid. A dish with a lid is reusable and you don’t have to waste aluminum foil.
A razor blade to scrape up your DMT crystals
After you freeze precipitate your solvent and all your DMT crystals fall to the bottom of your casserole dish, you will need a razor blade to scrape up the DMT crystals. DMT is a very fragile crystal and is so sensitive that it can melt from the heat of your fingertips alone. A flat razor with a good grip will allow you to scrape your DMT crystals into a neat pile so that it can be transferred to your storage container.
Razors are available at your local home improvement store for around $10USD. Whatever razor you decide to use, just make sure it is clean and sharp. Most razors will be coated in factory oil to prevent rust. Make sure to remove this oil with some rubbing alcohol before use. Using a razor that has a little flexibility. This helps get the crystals stuck in rounded corners and edges.
A small glass bottle to hold your extracted DMT
When it comes to storing your extracted DMT You will want to keep it in a dark, cool dry place until use. There are many little bottles and containers that will work. When choosing a storage container, look for three things.
First, you will want your container to be glass. Glass is non-porous and will protect your DMT from the outside air. Glass will also allow you to dispense your DMT without it sticking to the sides of your container.
Second, look for a container that will diffuse outside light. Amber-tinted or cobalt, blue-tinted glass bottles are perfect. DMT slowly degrades over long periods of exposure to light and oxygen and can result in loss of potency. Tinted bottles help reduce any outside light and will help preserve your DMT.
Thirdly, you want your Storage container to be airtight. If DMT is exposed to oxygen for long periods of time (6 months or more) it oxidizes and becomes DMT-N-oxide. This results in loss of potency and will make the DMT Harsh when smoked. Make sure your container has a tight-fitting lid.
I recommend 10ml amber tinted bottles with screw tops off of amazon. They are made by a company called ”Vivaplex” and come in a 24-pack for $14USD. The amber tint protects them from UV rays and the screw top lids are airtight. It has been reported that DMT has been stored in them for a year or more with no oxidation or potency loss.
I also recommended buying mini stainless-steel funnels used to fill them. They are around $9USD on amazon and oftentimes are sold with the bottles. This will make pouring your DMT into your storage bottle easier while preventing accidental spills.
Do not use glass bottles that use a cork top. Cork is a porous material and allows air in. Meaning, it’s not good for long-term storage because of oxidation risk. It’s not recommended using plastic storage containers. Over time plastics have been known to leach chemicals and phthalates which you don’t want to ingest. We will go over proper storage techniques later in the tek.
How to extract DMT (step-by-step)
- Apply Safety gear
- preparing the lye/saltwater
- Let lye/saltwater cool and prepare your bark
- Mix the lye/salt water with the bark
- Add the solvent to your bark
- Mix the jar 8 times over 24 hours
- Siphoning the solvent (first pull)
- Freeze precipitate the solvent
- Start a second pull
- Dry your DMT crystals
- Collect your DMT crystals
- Repeat steps 5 – 11 until no more DMT
Safe chemical handling practices
Before Starting the steps below, I Highly recommend reading this small portion on chemical safety and safe handling practices. Though these are common household chemicals, they can cause severe injury if used improperly. Chemistry is fun, however, there are a few rules around the chemicals used in this tek that are important to follow to avoid accidental injury.
Anytime you are handling Lye or Naphtha, always have your safety gear on. Lye can cause chemical burns whether it’s wet or dry. When mixing lye and water, never use any utensils that are aluminum. Lye dissolves aluminum and creates a violent reaction that puts off harmful fumes.
Always add the Lye to the water! Never add water to the lye! This can cause a violent caustic Lye volcano that is uncontrollable and can land on skin, eyes, and surrounding surfaces. Adding water to Lye can cause the Lye to release Gasses quickly that can fill a room. Always add the Lye to your water.
Naphtha is extremely flammable. Never use or handle Naphtha near an open flame such as candles, stoves, lighters, etc. Always handle Naphtha in a well-ventilated environment. Naphtha is essentially a lighter fluid and lets off fumes that are extremely flammable. Always be aware of your surroundings and be sure to have adequate airflow. Have a window open and a fan running to prevent fume build-up.
Take the time to apply your safety gear and handle each chemical in a responsible way, and your DMT extraction will be successful and very rewarding. With that said, let’s begin!
1. Begin by dawning your safety glasses and gloves
At any point during this process, you are about to handle chemicals, take 60 seconds to apply your safety gear.
2. Preparing your Lye/salt water
After dawning your safety gear, grab your scale that measures in grams and your cup or bowl for weighing out your dry ingredients. Weigh out 100 grams of Lye and set it off to the side. Next, weigh out 30 grams of your pickling salt and set it off to the side.
Next, grab your Pyrex measuring cup or 1000ml Karter beaker and measure out 750ml of room temperature water. Room temperature is 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit or, 18 to 21 degrees Celsius.
While in a well-ventilated area, begin to slowly add the Lye to your water while continuously mixing the water with your stainless-steel spoon. Add a tablespoon at a time and mix thoroughly until the lye is fully dissolved before adding more. The water will heat up due to the reaction of the lye.
The lye will want to stick to the bottom of the measuring cup so continuously mixing will prevent this. Do this until you have fully dissolved all 100 grams of lye in the water. Once all the lye is dissolved, add your 30 grams of pickling salt to the water and mix until it is fully dissolved.
Note: If you purchased a magnetic stirrer, you can use this in place of the stainless-steel spoon. Place a stir bar in your Pyrex cup or karter beaker of water and place it on the magnetic stirrer at a medium-low speed. Be sure that it is fast enough to form a water tornado without throwing water droplets out of your cup.
Allow the lye/salt water to cool to room temperature or 70 degrees F. Place a glass plate over the top of your measuring cup to contain fumes and allow it to cool. You can also place it in your fridge to speed up the cooling process. Every half hour, check the temperature of your lye water with your digital cooking thermometer. Do not cover with aluminum foil, the steam from the hot Lye water will violently react with the foil. Cover with glass only.
3. Prepare your bark while the Lye/salt water is cooling
While your Lye water cools, place your measuring bowl on your gram scale and weigh out 100 grams of your MHRB (Mimosa Hostilis root bark). If you bought pre-powdered bark, add the bark to your half-gallon mason jar and continue waiting for your lye water to cool.
Note: If you purchased an Erlenmeyer flask, you will use this in place of the mason jar. Use a funnel to help load the bark into the flask. You will also need to use a magnetic stirrer to mix since a spoon will not fit into the tapered neck.
If you bought shredded bark or bark chips, you will need to grind the bark up. Take your Nutribullet or coffee grinder and begin grinding your bark up, little handfuls at a time. Don’t overload your grinder. This can burn the motor out and poorly grind the bark.
The goal is to grind the bark to the perfect consistency without over-grinding. Grind the bark to a coarse powder with no big chunks of bark remaining. You will still see some plant fibers and that is perfectly fine. You don’t want the bark to be baby powder fine. Fine bark can easily become trapped in your solvent layer which is known as emulsions.
Continue grinding the bark little handfuls at a time until you have ground up all 100 grams of bark. After all your bark is ground up, add it to your mason jar or flask and continue waiting for your lye/salt water to cool to 70 degrees F.
4. Mix the lye/salt water with the bark
Once your water has cooled to 70 degrees F. it’s time to add the Lye/salt water to your mason jar of bark. Slowly pour the water into your mason jar and avoid splashing. You will notice the bark turn black in color. This is exactly what you want to see. This is the lye reacting with the bark and begging to break it down. This step is known as basification.
After you add all of your lye water to the bark, use your wooden spoon and mix the bark and water till fully blended and there are no dry pockets of bark in the jar. Mix really well for 2 minutes then let the jar rest for 10 minutes. Any dry pockets of bark will float to the surface then mix again for another 2 minutes.
Continue mixing and resting until the bark is fully saturated. It’s important to make sure there is no dry bark left before moving to the next step. If any dry bark is present in your jar when you add your solvent, it will cause an instant emulsion in your solvent layer. Take the time to make sure your bark is fully saturated before continuing.
Wash the measuring cup with soap and hot water and set it off to the side for use in upcoming steps.
Note: If you are using a magnetic stirrer, you will quickly find that the bark prevents the magnet from spinning. To fix this simply swirl your jar or flask around to get the bark water inside swirling, then set the jar on the magnetic stirrer and turn it on. This picks the bark up off the bottom and allows your magnet to start spinning without fighting the bark.
5. Adding the solvent to your bark
After you are certain that your bark and lye water are thoroughly mixed, it’s time to add solvent to the jar and conduct the first mix. Using your measuring cup or glass beaker, measure out 150ml of room temperature Naphtha. Do this in a well-ventilated area to prevent fumes and be sure no open flames or ignition sources are around. After measuring out 150ml of Naphtha, add it to your mason jar.
After adding your solvent, place the lid on your mason jar. You will want the lid upside down. Mason jars have a disk-shaped lid. The disk lid itself has a red rubber seal that usually sits on the glass to form a seal when canning. However, for this tek, you want to flip the disk upside down so that the red seal is facing up and the metal side of the lid is inside the jar.
Naphtha can melt this red sealing ring and you don’t want that working its way into your DMT. By flipping the lid over you will prevent solvent from accidentally melting that red ring. Place the lid firmly on your jar and mix by lightly shaking the jar until the two layers become one.
The goal is to send the solvent down to the base layer to collect any DMT released from the bark. When mixing, your solvent layer and the base layer will become one and then separate again after 2 minutes. You only want to mix the jar hard enough to make the top solvent layer disappear, but you do not want to violently shake the jar.
Shaking too hard can cause emulsions in the solvent layer. Violently shaking the jar is not necessary. Mix for about 30 seconds and with just enough force to blend the 2 layers. After that let it rest for 3 hours. You will get the hang of it after a few mixes.
After a proper mix, everything in the jar will be one color and you won’t see two layers anymore. However, after 2 minutes, the solvent will separate from the base and return to the top. This is exactly what you want to happen.
6. Mix the jar 8 times over 24 hours
For the next 24 hours, the lye is going to break down the bark and release DMT, so over the next 24 hours, occasionally mix the jar up to combine the 2 layers and allow the solvent to collect what has been released from the bark. I recommend a total of 8 mixes over a 24-hour period.
To do this, conduct a 30-second mix until the layers have blended, then let the jar rest at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours. Then, come back and mix for 30 seconds to combine the 2 layers, then let the jar rest for 2 to 3 hours. You do not need to set an alarm or wake up in the middle of the night to mix.
Typically, you can do 4 mixes then go to bed and then do the other 4 mixes the following day when you wake up. Mixing isn’t an exact science. 8 mixes over 24 hours will be the sweet spot without over-mixing or under mixing. Don’t lose any sleep over mixing. Just spread out 8 mixes in a 24-hour period the best way it fits your schedule.
7. Siphoning your solvent (first pull)
After mixing for 24 hours, the solvent is full of DMT that is ready for collection. You might notice that your Naphtha has changed to a yellowish color. This is a good sign that your solvent is full of alkaloids.
Before opening your jar, be sure to put on your safety gear. Grab your pipette and Pyrex casserole dish. lay some paper towels down underneath the jar and casserole dish to catch any accidental solvent droplets. In a well-ventilated area, open your jar and begin siphoning the top solvent layer out of the jar and transferring over to the casserole dish. This is the first pull.
Do not suck up any of the black base layer! The base layer contains Lye and you don’t want that in your DMT. Take your time with this step. It requires patients and a steady hand. As the solvent layer gets smaller, rest the tip of your pipette against the side of the jar just below the Naphtha layer. This will help steady the tip of the pipette and help prevent pulling up the base with your solvent.
Ultimately you will only be able to siphon so much of the solvent before it becomes impossible to not pull up the base layer. To avoid pulling up the base, leave behind a thin layer of solvent in your jar. Don’t worry, you will get the DMT in this left behind solvent layer in the second and third pulls. It is best to leave some solvent behind rather than try to get every last drop and risk poisonous Lye in your DMT.
After you have transferred over as much solvent as possible without any base layer, close your jar and set it off to the side. Next, cover your casserole dish with the lid. If your dish doesn’t have a lid, you can use a sheet of foil to cover the dish. Secure the foil tightly around the top of the dish and don’t let the foil sit in the solvent.
Since Naphtha evaporates in the open air you want the dish covered as much as possible to avoid it evaporating in your freezer. Do not use plastic wrap. When the dish gets cold in the freezer the plastic wrap fails and will fall into your solvent.
8. Freeze precipitating
After covering the dish, place the dish in the freezer for no less than 24 hours. This is the freeze precipitation step. As the Naphtha gets cold, the DMT starts to turn into crystal free-base form and “precipitates” or “crashes” out of the solvent and collects in the bottom of your dish.
Leave the dish in your freeze for the full 24 hours and do not keep pulling the dish out to check for crystals. Every time you take the dish out of the freezer the solvent starts to warm up and will melt the crystals back into the solvent making this step take longer. Just be patient and allow your crystals to fully form.
While your dish is in the freezer. You can begin the process of a second pull on your bark.
9. Starting a second pull
To start a second pull on your bark simply repeat steps 5 and 6. This means adding fresh Naphtha to your jar and conducting 8 mixes over another 24 hours. Some people prefer to reuse the Naphtha from the first pull. If you decide to do this, leave your covered jar off to the side until you recover the crystals from your first pull.
Note: Every pull after your first pull will be done with 75ml of Naphtha. less solvent will be used for the following pulls because there is less DMT to be retrieved in the bark. DMT has a difficult time fully precipitating when too much solvent is present. Cutting the solvent in half for the second and third pull will allow the crystals to form properly.
Using fresh Naphtha for each pull speeds up the extraction process. While the first pull solvent is in the freezer, add 75ml of fresh Naphtha and repeat step 6, mixing a total of 8 times for 24 hours. After 24 hours the first pull crystals are ready to come out of the freezer and your second pull solvent is ready to go in.
As I said you can reuse your Naphtha from the first pull but it doesn’t do anything to increase your yield it only increases the time it takes to conduct the extraction. If you decide to reuse your solvent from the first pull, you will need to get your solvent back up to room temp before use.
10. Dry your DMT crystals
24 hours later, the DMT crystals are ready to be collected. Begin by getting on your safety gear. Grab your washed measuring cup or a beaker and place it on a stable surface. Remove your dish from the freezer and remove the lid. You should see all your beautiful crystals stuck to the bottom.
If you made it this far, congratulations! You now know how to extract DMT. Great work!
With the lid removed you will need to pour the remaining Naphtha in your dish, off of the crystals. There may be some crystals floating in the solvent. This is perfectly normal and easy to deal with. Slowly pour the Naphtha off of your crystals into your measuring cup or beaker. Going slowly allows any floating crystals to stick to the sides of the dish as the solvent pours out.
After collecting the solvent in your measuring cup or beaker, cover the cup with foil to avoid fumes and evaporation. With all the solvent poured off the crystals, you now will need to allow them to dry.
In a well-ventilated area, turn the dish upside down so the crystals are face down and prop the dish up against a wall. This will allow any moisture or remaining solvent to run down and off the dish and crystals as they dry. Place a paper towel under the bottom of the dish to absorb any moisture or residual solvent that runs off the dish.
The drying process usually takes about 3 hours. To speed up the drying process, place a small fan near the dish on a low setting to increase the airflow and assist in evaporating any remaining solvent. Do not point the fan directly at your crystals. The fan is simply to increase airflow around the dish.
There are two ways of knowing your crystals are dry. First, you should smell no Naphtha. When the crystals are dry, the smell of solvent will be gone. Only the smell of DMT will remain. DMT has been described as a new shoe smell but smells different to everyone. One thing is for sure, we all know what our solvent smells like, and it shouldn’t smell like that.
The second way of knowing that the crystals are dry is that the dish itself will also be dry. When you pull the dish out of the freezer condensation will form on the outside of the dish just like taking a cold soda can out of the fridge. When the condensation on the dish is dry, chances are the solvent is fully evaporated and your crystals are dry.
However, if the smell of solvent remains, allow them to dry longer.
11. Collect your DMT crystals
After your crystals are dry, it’s time for that magical part you have been waiting for, scraping the dish! For this step its recommend wearing a pair of your Nitrile gloves. As mentioned above, DMT is very fragile and can melt from the heat of your fingertips alone.
Grab your razor and begin scraping all your DMT crystals into a nice pile. Once you have everything in a pile, get your small glass storage bottle with your funnel and begin filling your storage jar with your DMT. Place your bottle in the dish while you fill it so your dish can catch any accidental crystal spills.
Don’t worry about getting every single spec of DMT off your dish. Whatever is too small or difficult to get with the razor will dissolve in your second pull solvent and reform into crystals when you freeze your second pull.
Once you have collected all of your DMT in your storage bottle, your dish is now free to fill with your second pull solvent for freeze precipitation. If you are reusing your first pull solvent in the measuring cup, once it’s back up to room temp, add it back to your jar and repeat steps 5-11.
If you used fresh solvent for your second pull and don’t need the first pull solvent, simply put it outside on your porch, uncovered, and allow it to naturally evaporate. Another thing you can do is save the solvent in a jar for future extractions. You can store your used Naphtha in a empty Naphtha can and label it “used solvent”
Another thing you will want to do to your DMT crystals before you use them, is to conduct a re-extraction or re-x on your crystals. A re-x is a simple process that will clean up your crystals of any base solution you may have accidentally sucked up when siphoning your solvent. A re-x is a very simple process. If you need more information on how to conduct a re-x, check out “How to clean your DMT: re-x technique“, on entheogen insight.
Now that you know how to extract DMT, it’s time to take the journey into the unknown. If this is your first time experiencing DMT I highly recommend watching a few youtube videos on how to use it before you dive in. Take some time to familiarize yourself with common smoking techniques and basic psychedelic rules like set and setting.
In the words of the great Terrence McKenna, “The first stop on any psychedelic Journey is the library. You must inform yourself.” This is great advice that I wouldn’t take lightly. When it comes to psychedelics, hurling your consciousness into unexplored territory without knowing some basic rules, can get you into deep water, quickly.
DMT is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind experience with lots to share. Be sure to teach a friend or family how to extract DMT to keep the art of home extracting alive and growing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use a spoon to mix the solvent and bark layer instead of swirling the jar?
No. Every time you remove the lid from your jar the solvent will begin to evaporate due to the air. You don’t want to use a metal or wooden spoon to mix because the metal spoon can crack the jar if mixed to hard and you don’t want to use a wooden spoon to mix because the solvent will absorb into the wood. Swirl and lightly shake your jars for your 24-hour mixing periods.
How much ingredients would I use if I’m using 50 grams of bark or 200 grams of bark?
If you half the bark, then you would use half of the ingredients. If you’re doubling the bark, then you would double the ingredients.
How do I dispose of the bark solution after the extraction?
To dispose of the bark solution, remove the lid on your jar and place it outside in a well-ventilated area and allow any remaining solvent in the jar to evaporate over 24 hours. Once evaporated, you can safely flush the bark solution. Bark is a natural ingredient and the Lye remaining in the jar is drain cleaner. They are perfectly safe to flush away.
Can I keep my jar outside during the extraction?
This depends on the outside temperature in your area. You don’t want to solvent getting too cold or it will not collect your DMT and can cause the DMT to prematurely Precipitate out of the solvent before you put it in the freezer which will lower your yield. You can keep the jar outside as long as the temperature doesn’t drop below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Is it okay to leave the solvent in the jar longer then 24 hours if I’m at work?
Yes. Your solvent will be safe in your jar until you have completed your eight mixes and you’re ready to siphon the solvent for freeze precipitation.