Synthesis of Chloral Hydrateby Smoothe
Please note that Chloral Hydrate is a schedule IV controlled substance in the US and following the below synth without the proper knowledge and permits would thus constitue a criminal act.
This a very easy synth with all chemicals needed being very easily obtainable from your local grocery store (Sani-flush, bleach), liquor store (grain alcohol "gem clear") and hardware store (Sulfuric acid drain cleaner). As far as the calcium oxide used in the last steps I'm not sure this is really a necessary step other than producing a more pure product. I think that if someone were to stop at step 18 the Chloral Hydrate would have a high enough purity for consumption.
If you have any comments or suggestions for this synth please post them to Smoothe@hotmail.com
Erowid Safety Warning #
Visitors have pointed out that this procedure results in extremely poisonous chlorine gas with possible unknown contaminants from the use of over the counter commercial products that might change formulation over time. Inhalation of chlorine gas is potentially lethal and at sub fatal levels can scar and damage the eyes, throat, and lungs. In laboratory settings, chlorine gas would not be synthesized without complex gas containment equipment. This technique should be considered fundamentally unsafe as a home method. (Erowid March 29, 2014)
To use the Chloral Hydrate you have just made add one part water to two parts (by volume) of finished product. The dose range is 250mg-1000mg. Add the desired amount of Chloral solution to a drink of your choice and drink up. Choose a drink to add this to that will mask the taste of the Chloral as it has a bitter taste. Onset is in about 15 min-30 min. (And you or whoever has taken this will be out for the night.)