Published Online: 1 January 1985
Page Count: 4
Forensic drug chemist, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Raleigh, NC
(Received 24 March 1984; accepted 21 May 1984)
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.
Paper ID: JFS10989J