mr hamster, perhaps you could help my cat, your hamster seem very knowledgable about mph and extractions
my cat is sorry if this is a long post but he figured that as the end result is the problem, if it wasn't the presence of corn starch, which he can't find if it is soluble in alcohol
, it must be some part of his process. help would be greatly, greatly appreciated!
my cat has 10 mg focalins. he figured that the binders were very similar (the only one he can remember that is different is corn starch) and the active ingredient is half the same, so he tried the same tek but not maybe to the book
he did small extractions, 20mg and 10mg, and found the same issue in the end both times
he ground his pills fine, put them into a small metal shot glass, and added a bit of 72% isopropyl alcohol, all that was available. he stirred this with the bottom side of a plastic paintbrush, let it sit, re stirred, let it sit, for maybe 3-4 minutes. the did not have a realistic way of warming the ipa but he figured he could just do multiple pulls and saved the left over powder.
he strained this liquid into a medicine bottle with a torn coffee
filter kind of pushed into it a little bit but also wrapped around the sides as to not let any binders fall in. he let it drain as much as it would, and then after it started to slow/stop, would swirl the contents/binders which he figured was blocking any more ipa to drip. after doing this for a while, he would gingerly pick up the filter, as to not let anything spills, and squeeze it gently to force out the rest of the IPA
he poured the clear liquid into a clean altoids tin, as he didn't have an appropriate glass or pyrex container, and let it dry. mostly just by it sitting there, but then later took a heating pad for my cats neck, turned it on high (it only goes to about 170 or something my cat thinks), and let the altoids tin rest on top of it. when touching it it only seemed to get warm but it did help speed up the evaporation
after dry, he used an exacto knife to scrape hard to remove crystals and a plastic credit card to remove as many as he could
here is the problem:
he got a crystallin substance in the end, little shiny shards, but they were kind of brown. there is also some amount that is stuck to the edges that was/is difficult to remove. but mainly he is concerned as to why his end product is brown. he couldn't have burned it, he thinks, as he used such little heat.
my cat realizes focalin is different from ritalin
but as it is just pure d-mph as opposed to racemic mph he figured that meant that the crystals should look the same. could it be reacting with the altoid tins metal? the shot glass? could a binder have gotten through? my cat isn't sure, and is concerned because after using it, it did feel the same/came on stronger and faster than a simply crushed focalin, but figures if its something more than simply an extra binder being extracted, that could not be safe
my cat would be EXTREMELY grateful for any ideas anyone has, he'd like to start purifying his focalin and putting it into a nasal spray container, but it concerned about the color of his results