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How To Make Salvia Divinorum Extract

By John Clarke

Have you ever tried making your own crude Salvia divinorum extract at home, and wondered why it looks like a black sticky mess that smokes harsher than a por­cu­pine eating com­pet­i­tion? Well, fear not, for this guide will ensure a quality fin­ished product rivalling that of store-​​bought extracts.

This extract will make approx­im­ately 10g of unstand­ard­ised 10x extract. Provided you can use a cal­cu­lator, the quant­ities detailed below can be jiggled around to make any strength extract you want.

Salvia divinorum Leaf

Equipment

100g Salvia divinorum Leaf
You can get Salvia divinorum Leaf all over the Internet.
1x Large Saucepan
Just a regular large saucepan. Make sure it’s clean. No one wants to find the remains of burnt on spa­ghetti in their pipe.
1x Pyrex Tray
A large, wide, glass dish essen­tially. You might find a cas­serole dish fits the bill.
1x Small Glass Container
Any­thing will do, even a jam jar.
1x Tall, Narrow Glass Container
The perfect tool for the job is a boiling tube, but any­thing remotely similar will do.
1x Pipette
Not everyone has access to cal­ib­rated volu­metric pipettes so any­thing that looks like an eye dropper will do. That means, a thin tube with a rubber bit on the end which you can squeeze.
2lt Propane Based Solvent
No not propane, but either propan-​​2-​​ol (AKA Iso­p­ro­panol, Iso­p­ropyl Alcohol, Rubbing Alcohol) or pro­panone (AKA Acetone). They need to be 99% pure at least. Don’t even think about using nail varnish remover.
300ml Naphtha
The best source of com­mer­cially avail­able naphtha in the UK is lighter fluid.

Step 1 - Powder Your Leaf

The first thing to do is weigh out your 100g of Salvia divinorum Leaf. Remove 10g of the best leaves from your stash and set them aside for later. The remaining 90g needs to be powdered using your trusty coffee grinder. It’s high RPM motor and stain­less steel blades are no match for your dried salvia leaf. It’s worth pointing out that although the leaves may not instantly grind, you’ll have to give them a few minutes, but they WILL powder even­tu­ally. Use the grinder in 1 minute bursts, allowing the motor to cool in between. When you remove the lid from the grinder, unless you want to look like Shrek, do it in a fume cup­board. The coffee grinder will reduce the leaf to a flour like con­sist­ency which will billow out as soon as you remove the lid, turning everything in the imme­diate vicinity a sexy shade of green.

Step 2 - Extract The Salvinorin-A

Now you have 90g of powdered leaf, get it in your saucepan and pour in enough solvent to com­fort­ably cover your leaf. Stir it con­stantly for 5 minutes and then let it sit for 8 hours or so. After that time, enough of the salvinorin should have dis­solved in your solvent, so you can now care­fully pour off the liquid in your saucepan into your Pyrex tray, being careful enough to leave all the solids behind.

If you’d like to make sure you extract as much salvinorin-​​a as pos­sible, you may repeat this step once more.

Step 3 - The Waiting Game

As simple as it sounds, you have about 16 hours in which to twiddle your thumbs, watch some paint dry, or whatever you feel like. During this time, don’t even think about touching your extrac­tion, and make sure it’s in a dark place. Light has a nasty habit of des­troying salvinorin-​​a in solu­tion. The purpose of this step is to let any sed­i­ment such as tannins fall out of the leaf which are hard to extract later on.

After the 16 or so hours are up, you may pour off the remaining liquid into the ori­ginal saucepan, provided you emptied out the powdered leaf earlier.

Step 4 - Evaporating The Solvent

This takes forever, is incred­ibly boring and will give you ter­rible stomach ache if you don’t do it some­where well vent­il­ated. The best, safest and longest method of evap­or­ating the solvent is in the dark, in the absence of heat. Remember, the solvent is flam­mable, so applying heat to it should be avoided. Blowing air across the solvent will speed things up sub­stan­tially, so if you have a fan, use it, but again, only some­where well vent­il­ated. If the fan pro­duces a spark, it could ignite the vapour, blowing up both you and your extraction.

When the evap­or­a­tion is com­plete, you should be left with a load of black gunk on the inside of your con­tainer. This is as far as most people get with their extrac­tions and is the reason why the end result is a black sticky mess. That’s ok for about 5x or 6x extracts, but any stronger than that and it becomes unsmokable.

Step 5 - Purification

When your black gunk is com­pletely dry, you can scrape it out of your con­tainer and place it into a tall, narrow con­tainer. To this, add 50ml or so of naphtha. The naphtha dis­solves the green/​black waxes but leaves behind the salvinorin-​​a. After you add the first lot of naphtha, allow the con­tainer 30 minutes or so to settle, then pipette off two thirds of the naphtha and discard it. Repeat this process at LEAST 5 more times until your salvinorin-​​a is no longer a black colour. If you keep washing with naphtha, it will even­tu­ally turn white, however that kind of purity isn’t neces­sary for making 10x extract. If you were making some­thing like 40x or 60x (not recom­mended), then the higher the purity, the better.

After the last naphtha wash, remove two thirds one last time and this time, allow the naphtha to evap­orate off, leaving you with rel­at­ively pure salvinorin-​​a. DO NOT try and smoke/​ingest this, as even a tenth of a mil­li­gram can be too much for some people.

Step 6 - Fortification

Now we have the salvinorin-​​a from 90g of leaf, we shall add it back to the 10g of quality leaf you set aside in Step 1. Although not com­pletely accurate, you can see this is why it’s called 10x extract, as there’s 10x the amount of salvinorin-​​a in the fin­ished product.

To do this, we place the salvinorin-​​a we pro­duced in the pre­vious step into the saucepan and add to it the same amount of solvent we used in step 1. Stir it round for a few minutes to ensure it has all dis­solved. Next, add the 10g of leaf to your small con­tainer and pour the con­tents of the saucepan over it.

You can now evap­orate off all of this solvent as before, until all of the solvent has evaporated.

The fin­ished product is approx­im­ately 10g of leaf, looking a little darker than normal, 10 times as strong.

55 Responses to How To Make Salvia Divinorum Extract

  1. rhod says:

    after doing this is it pos­sible to smoke to get the high or do you have to do another prosses?

  2. Seedless, sTONEY says:

    half you ppl are brain dead. everything you need tio know about this simple and crude extrac­tion process for SALVORIN-​​A, is provided. if you don’t under­stand it, you have no busi­ness here.
    THIS exact method does NOT work for marijuana as thc is soluble in naptha. and since you throw that away, it would be useless. you can use ISO to extract thc, but butane is way better. try doing research . also, lighting acetone to evap is FUCKING retarded. THC vapor­izes ( turns to gas ) BELOW the temp of fire. so fire close would cause sig­ni­ficant THC loss. there is NO NEED for heat in either extrac­tions, and intro­du­cing heat in a non sci­entific envir­on­ment is wreck­lass, stupid, and dan­gerous. even using a non vent­il­ated h house hold oven to dry is asking for prob­lems. LOL but u keep doin you.

  3. warren says:

    hi, Can i use Bestine insted Of Naphtha? is it good to make extract?

  4. Totalsynthesis says:

    Pretty self-​​explanatory but it’s always nice to have my thoughts reas­sured. Thank you so much, the world needs more people like you. I will take a brake from my mycelial madness and re-​​visit a friend from childhood.

  5. sylvie says:

    what if i don’t have a coffee grinder..?

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