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At what temperatures do psilocybin and psilocin degrade?
Q: Do high temperatures, such as boiling water, truly degrade psilocybin/psilocin? If so, at what temperature does degradation occur?

A: Psilocybin and psilocin are sensitive to oxidation, with psilocin being particularly sensitive. This process is accelerated at higher temperatures. There is no specific temperature at which this breakdown occurs, however, the longer you expose the psiloc(yb)in to a raised temperature (in the presence of oxygen or an oxidizer), the more will be degraded.

To my knowledge, there has been no study or report of anyone quantifying the amount of degradation at various temperatures. Qualitative reports however seem to indicate that less than an hour of boiling or steeping seems to have little to no effect on the potency of psiloc(yb)in water solution.



Asked By : psilly
Answered By : psilo
Published Date : 10 / 15 / 2002
Last Edited Date : 7 / 11 / 2006
Question ID : 2984

Categories: [ Chemistry ] [ Mushrooms (Psilocybin) ] [ Psilocybin & Psilocin ]

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