(Received 24 March 1984; accepted 21 May 1984)
Published Online: January
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A simple aqueous extraction method for the isolation and identification of psilocin from Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms is reported. This method employs a dephosphorylation of the phosphate ester to psilocin, which facilitates a greater product yield and simplifies identification. Psilocin extracted by this method is sufficiently concentrated and free of cocontaminants to allow identification by infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.
Forensic drug chemist, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Raleigh, NC
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