MBDB · Eden · 2-Methylamino-1-(3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl)butane · N-Methyl-1-(1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-butanamine
SYNTHESIS: A solution of 0.12 g mercuric chloride in 180 mL H2O was added to 5 g aluminum foil that had been cut into 1 inch squares, and amalgamation allowed to proceed for 0.5 h. The gray cloudy aqueous phase was decanted, and the resulting aluminum washed with 2×200 mL H2O. After shaking as dry as possible, there was added, in sequence, a solution of 7.6 g methylamine hydrochloride in an equal weight H2O, 23 mL IPA, 18.3 mL 25% NaOH, 6.72 g 1-(3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl)-2-butanone (see under the recipe of
DOSAGE: 180–210 mg.
DURATION: 4–6 h.
QUALITATIVE COMMENTS: (with 210 mg) “Generally very, very friendly, very quiet effect. I can read easily, but looking at pictures in most books is relatively meaningless. Distinct de-stressing effect, to the point where it’s too much trouble to set out to do anything at all, really. There is just no drive, and it isn’t even bothersome to be missing it. Do I like it? Yes, very much. Feel that I’ve just begun to explore it, though. Would I consider this material in therapy? Well, sure, it’s worth trying. Destressing would be excellent, and better than
(with 210 mg) “Onset rapid. alert 20 minutes, and to a +2.5 at 30 to 35 minutes. No physical symptoms, i.e., teeth clench, no stomach problems. Good visual enhancement; eyes open—bright colors—no visuals with eyes closed. No ‘cone of silence’ that I get with
(with 210 mg and a 50 mg supplement) “Tasted perfectly rotten. Suspect I was getting some type of alert in 5 minutes (I often get one quickly with
(with 210 mg and a 70 mg supplement) “I begin to feel the rush at 20 minutes, increasing rapidly. Very much like
EXTENSIONS AND COMMENTARY: An observer who was familiar with the outwardly apparent effects with groups experimenting with
The arguments that weigh the use of the code name of MBDB against the use of METHYL-J are present in the recipe for BDB (or
First, a little bit of local color. In San Francisco, there is a public transportation called the S.F. Municipal Metropolitan System complex that has integrated an underground street-car system that emerges above ground and connects with a bus network. A number of the street-car lines fan across the city to the outer reaches which are called the Avenues. These lines are named by sequential letters. There is the J Church Street line, the K Ingelside line, the L Taraval line, the M Ocean line, and the N Judah. And in the pharmacological complex that involved the lengthening of the aliphatic chain, there were two coincidental benchmarks in the names that were proposed. Those without an alpha-substituent (no carbon atoms at the position alpha to the amine group, the phenethylamines) were originally called the H compounds. H stood for “
It is quite obvious, that with one carbon atom lying on that alpha-position, you are precisely half-way between no carbons and two carbons. And there was one letter of the alphabet that lies precisely half-way between an H and a J. So, an natural naming pattern developed. The I compounds were already pretty well known by names such as
13 May 2016 · · Isomer Design
About PiHKAL · info
This version of Book II of PiHKAL is based on the Erowid online version, originally transcribed by Simson Garfinkle and converted into HTML by Lamont Granquist. I drew also on “Tyrone Slothrop’s” (Unfinished) Review of PIHKAL to enumerate the many analogues mentioned in PiHKAL but not described at length. Many, many others have since been added.
I have tried here to expunge any artifacts introduced by the earlier transcriptions and restore the typographic niceties found in the printed edition. I’ve also made minor changes to some chemical names in line with current nomenclature practice. Typically the change is little more than expanding a prefix or setting it in italics. The history page has further details.
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