The moment you’ve all been waiting for. The ghetto guide to acetone wash your gear. I can’t take credit or the original concept, someone by the name of LeJunk seems to be widely referenced as the first to make this information widely available. If there are other credits due, let me know and I’ll add them.
What I am going to do is make the procedure a little more user-friendly and quicker for you. Many will tell you that speeding up the process is a bad idea, cutting corners is unwise and so on. I will tell you that I’ve done this enough times that I speak from personal experience in saying that it works just fine.
Here’s the concept. Your gear, even if it hasn’t been stomped by unscrupulous dealers, even if it’s whacked right off the brick, contains cuts that detract from the enjoyment. Going right to the beginning stages, producers have a mandate of producing a pure product at a reasonable cost. In bulk processing, as you can imagine, there’s diminishing returns on money and time spent on the final purification steps.
What we’re doing with an acetone wash is removing as much of the unnecessary content as possible, especially any active compounds. The whole process is based on a neat principle; cocaine is insoluble in acetone. As an aside, you’ll often hear the tired old scare tactics about this drug or that being “made with battery acid” or other horrible sounding chemicals. Well, this is where that tripe originates. The purification of many compounds involves chemistry, where certain chemicals are required to either react or dissolve specifically to an end result.
If you’ve ever worked with acetone, you know it dissolves a lot of different things. Although water is technically the “universal solvent”, acetone surely is a runner-up as a dissolver of worlds. It’s worth noting here that cocaine is very soluble in water, and brings us to really the only important detail in the preparation. Acetone will absorb moisture from the air, and depending on the application, the water content in your acetone is insignificant. Most general purpose uses of acetone won’t be sensitive to a little water.
This is why it’s important to get the right acetone. Take the time to go to a chemical wholesaler and buy your acetone there. Even a cleaning supply might do the trick, but chemical supply companies are everywhere, the acetone will be cheaper, have no contaminants and be anhydrous. Yes, you can use department store acetone, but it’s of a lower grade, may contain water and other nasty chemicals. Anhydrous (meaning without water) acetone is rarely sold as such, so rather than look silly at the chemical supply, just ask for tech grade.
Tech grade will be anhydrous and is usually repackaged into smaller containers from bulk drums of a higher grade, so you might actually be getting a reagent quality acetone, but depending on how it’s repackaged, it may no longer be certifiable as reagent. There is a method to remove moisture from acetone of unknown origin, but it’s more trouble than you need to go to. Just get the right stuff to start. Keep it tightly capped when not in use to keep moisture out. If there is water in your acetone, it will dissolve some of your product, and it will be lost. Not the end of the world, depending on how much moisture is present.
If you want to estimate the purity of your product, you’ll need a scale, which you should have anyway. A $20 Amazon scale is fine, get one that measures a gram to 3 decimal points. Other equipment you’ll need for your acetone wash:
-sheet of printer paper
-small glass or stainless bowl
-toaster oven @~175*F (pyrex or microwave turntable plate with heat gun or marble slab heated in the oven will work also)
-credit card, razor blade, small stiff bristle brush
I recommend drying your cocaine prior to starting your acetone wash. Cocaine is hygroscopic and will get sticky in humid environments. This poses 2 problems, first being that it essentially introduces water into the acetone when you mix it, the second is that it throws off your starting weight. Dry in the toaster oven or on a hot plate or slab until it’s very powdery and dry. Break up all lumps and make sure it’s dry, then weigh it and write down the weight.
Dump the dry cocaine into a small bowl. Add enough acetone to cover the powder, you don’t need a lot but adding too much won’t hurt. Stir the mixture, and if you’re lucky, you won’t notice much of it disappear. Anything that disappears isn’t cocaine.
Using the printer paper, make a cone type filter in the mouth of the glass jar. I find tearing the paper to square first help. You’ll want to make sure that there’s no way for the mixture to flow through any seams or folds, so use your thinking cap on how you make your cone. Ideally, you’ll want the cone to be able to hold the entire contents of the bowl.
Stir up the contents of the bowl, pour it into the funnel, and use a bit more acetone to rinse any residue from the bowl. Wait. The acetone that drips through the paper is washing out soluble contaminants and cuts. While you’re waiting, you’ll no doubt be wondering why a coffee filter wouldn’t be better? It will make more sense later, but in short, since you’re capturing the filtrate as product rather than removing it to discard, a coffee filter or lab filter paper will hold onto much of your precious blow. The smooth surface of general purpose paper keeps most of the good stuff on the surface. I’ve done it with looseleaf also, and it works ok.
It’s normal to notice a blueish ring around the paper where the acetone reaches. Can’t tell you what it is or why, only that it’s normal. Once most of the acetone is dripped through, the remaining paste is your prize. Very carefully flatten out your paper. Being hamfisted here will cause the paper to “pop” and your cocaine to go flying. Once it’s flat, and the paper is dry (not dripping acetone), put it into the preheated oven. I recommend turning the oven off when you do this as if there is any acetone that drips onto a hot element, your day is ruined as well as your acetone wash. It’s not nearly as dangerous as it sounds, the acetone is very volatile and will evaporate quickly. After a few minutes in the oven you can turn the heat back on low, and if you’re very impatient, try to break up the chunk. Again, this can result in flying cocaine, so be careful.
Once it’s mostly dry, you’ll want a smooth glass or nonporous surface you can work the powder over to break it up again. If this surface is hot, the process goes much quicker. I use a pyrex plate that I keep on top of the toaster oven, a marble slab or pizza stone would also work. As you work the cocaine over the hot surface, the acetone rapidly vaporizes. And I mean rapidly. Drying your cocaine for 24 hours sounds great, but is entirely unnecessary if you work it over and use the right heat.
Once it’s thoroughly dry, collect and weigh it again. That number, divided by your starting weight will give you the approximate purity. Caveats: Levamisole, as mentioned in earlier posts, is not soluble in acetone and will not be removed if present. My own experiments have shown that certain binders and fillers found in pills such as Tylenol or aspirin are also not entirely soluble. That means if your dealer is grinding up Tylenol to cut your coke, some of the filler will come through after the acetone wash. This acetone wash will remove MOST active cuts, however. Even acetone washing really good coke, at 85%, I have found makes it much easier on the sinuses.
After you’ve done this a few times, the process shouldn’t take more than an hour. That means that you can go out, buy your 8 ball, and within an hour be enjoying the best coke of your life. You can also call your dealer the same night to inform him that his shit isn’t the best or as pure as he claims. It never is. Using this acetone wash procedure will change the way you enjoy cocaine, and turn you into a cocaine snob. You’ll get to experience the smooth, subtle euphoric and relaxing, yes, relaxing, sensation that made coke king but has been long lost to generations of deprived users. No more agitation, craving, compulsive redosing or edginess. It’s also much easier on the sinuses.
I guarantee you will impress your friends with this shit, but expect to encounter the occasional holdout (hater) that insists it’s not good because they are actually used to doing speed Tylenol and ephedrine that they think is cocaine. While you can simply follow the instructions as laid out, taking a few minutes to understand how the process really works, as well as it’s limitations will allow you to tailor it to fit your own preferences and resources.
This is a guide, you are responsible for taking any and all safety precautions, testing (including testing for fentanyl, get some test strips), and responsible use. If you fuck up a zip of cocaine, set yourself on fire, burn your home or your sinus, get high, don’t get high, go to jail or poison yourself, as flattered as I’d be, I must decline responsibility. Fucking with flammable, volatile and illegal chemicals is inherently risky. If this is something you need to be told, you should probably just forget the whole acetone wash idea.
Next, we’re going to talk about routes of administration, we’ve but scratched the surface of cocaine enjoyment.