Author Topic: Extraction of L-Dopa from Velvet Beans  (Read 840 times)

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Extraction of L-Dopa from Velvet Beans
« on: November 21, 2003, 07:22:00 AM »
I'm not sure if this stuff qualifies for 'psychoactive', but might still be of interest for some bees. I got the following from the second of two books called 'Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Encyclopedia' by Marshall Sittig, Noyes Publications:

Manufacturing Process:

A charge of 1,000 g of ground velvet beans was extracted with 9 liters 1% aqueous acetic acid at room temperature over a 20-hour period with occasional stirring during the first 4 hours. The liqour was decanted and the bean pulp slurry was vacuum filtered through a cake of acid-washed diatomaceous earth in a Buechner funnel. The decanted liquor was combined with the filtrate and concentrated under vacuum and a nitrogen atmosphere to a volume of 900 ml. After treating with acid-washed activated carbon, the concentrate was then filtered through acid-washed diatomaceous earth.

After concentrating the filtrate to approximatelly 400 ml, solids started crystallizing out at which time the filtrate was cooled by refrigerating at 5 °C for several hours. Filtration gave 18.7 g, mp 284 ° to 286 °C (dec.); [a]D 8.81 ° (1 % solution in aqueous 4 % HCl). The infrared spectrum and paper chromatography indicated very good L-Dopa according to U.S. Patent 3,253,023

Various synthetic routes are also described by Kleeman & Engel


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SWIM suppose this method could also be used in
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2003, 02:15:00 PM »
SWIM suppose this method could also be used in isolating L-5-HTP from Griffonia Simplicifolia ?

...As far as SWIM remembers, Mucuna Pruriens also contains n,n-DMT and other tryptamines, besides L-DOPA.