How to test LSD potency?
How to test amount of LSD?
Testing the amount of LSD at home can be difficult because LSD is present in samples only in trace amounts, much smaller than 1 mg, and because of common LSD breakdown products that can distort the results. In general, the following types of LSD tests are available on the market:
- Qualitative colorimetric reagents
- Semi-quantitative colorimetric reagents
- TLC type purity tests
Best potency test for LSD (acid)
The only really reliable simple way to check the concentration of LSD in “acid” is a laboratory test. However, it is not always available so an inexpensive quick test, even one with a margin of error, can be useful to avoid unnecessary risks.
Measuring amount of LSD requires:
- Hofmann reagent
- Plastic pipette
- An “eppendorf” type vial (test tube)
- Distilled water
- Ceramic plate
LSD potency test
LSD concentration test
The procedure for testing the concentration of LSD (acid) with the Hofmann reagent is quite simple. A sample of at least 50 micrograms of LSD must be prepared for the test. Dissolve the sample in a fine amount of distilled water, then place the solution with a pipette in the well of a porcelain test plate (included in the reagent kit). After the time required for the liquid to evaporate, use the stopper of the test tube to add 1 scoop of Hofmann reagent crystals in the well where the LSD solution has evaporated. Remember to warm to room temperature and shake the Hofmann reagent vigorously just before use. After adding the reagent, observe the color change after about 5 minutes.
LSD concentration test results:
- 0 – 50 ug – pale violet
- 50 – 100 ug – light violet
- 100-150 ug – violet
- 150+ ug – dark violet-blue
LSD concentration test results
LSD test kit
Not to be overlooked is negative identification, that is, the exclusion of the presence of certain undesirable synthetic compounds, in this context usually phenethylamines. The best-known compounds in this class of drugs are psychedelic stimulants belonging to the NBOMe and DOx families. Both are known to induce a psychedelic state of mind similar to psilocybin or LSD, but their effects on the human body are much more dangerous and intense, potentially even fatal.
To definietly rule out NBOMe in LSD (or to rule out DOC in LSD) use at least two of the following reagents: Marquis, Mecke, Liebermann or Froehde, which are available in our LSD test kit or DMT test kit (among others). When using reagent tests to rule out presence of phenethylamines you are looking for an instant and vivid color change. Do not mistake a positive reaction with a false positive – a weak, slow burning of paper or gel medium caused by corrosive nature of reagent tests.
Reagents for testing LSD:
A positive or negative test result does not indicate if the substance is safe. No substance is 100% safe.