Kitchen Chemistry 101: Principles and Concepts for Ethnobotanical Extraction
Please note: No actual extractions will take place during this workshop; it will be a conceptual discussion only, focusing on the desires of the participants. Kitchen chemistry. Nearly everyone does it. From waking up and brewing a pot of tea or coffee to making a stock for soup, most people engage in some form of chemical extraction as part of their daily ritual without even thinking about it. However, the range of psychoactive compounds available for safe and simple extraction goes well-beyond caffeine and essential oils. Participants in this session will have a chance to review the fundamental chemistry concepts relevant to extracting a range of classic entheogenic compounds from a variety of plants found around the world. The main compounds this workshop will focus on will be DMT, harmalas, and mescaline, but other compounds will be covered as well, depending on available time and participant interest. This workshop will also include a troubleshooting discussion for individuals who have encountered difficulties in their personal practices. And, remember, as my friend Art says, "If you can bake a cake, you can bake a noodle!
David Nickles is an underground researcher and moderator for The DMT-Nexus community. He has worked on numerous harm reduction projects including KosmiCare, TLConscious, The Bunk Police, The Open Hyperspace Traveler and others. David has offered cultural critiques and commentary on psychedelics and radical politics as well as novel phytochemical data for psychedelic preparations at venues ranging from scientific conferences to music festivals around the world. David is also a glassblower, operating under the moniker of Oneiros Glass, and can be found in his glass studio during most of his waking hours.