Many of the opioids like percocet and vicodin contain a number of other harmful substances. Cold water extraction also known as CWE is utilized to take out or remove paracetamol, which is known as APAP. Cold water extraction also works on aspirin as well as ibuprofen, but to a lesser extent, which all happen to be highly toxic when taken in high doses. These are the types of medications that result in severe liver damage or even death in the case of an overdose.
CWE assists in removing APAP from the prescription medications. It is recommended in general that a healthy adult should not be taken over 4 grams of APAP in one day and no more than 1 gram of APAP at once. In fact, even the doses that are lower are still able to cause damages to the liver.
How The Extraction Works
The idea behind CWE is that the APAP’s are not very soluble when placed into cold water. The opioids, on the other hand, are highly soluble when placed into cold water.
APAP is soluble in ethyl acetate, acetone, ethylene dichloride, dimethyl-formamide, ethanol, and methanol. It is slightly soluble when placed into the ether, even less soluble when placed into water that is cold, but more soluble when placed into water that is hot.
Best Tips For Cold Water Extraction
The process of a CWE is usually quick, over and above waiting for the water to cool. Best cold water extraction tips involve crushing up tablets, dissolving the powder in water and then straining the solution through the right type of filter.
Here are steps to follow for the best CWE:
• Crush the pills into a powder by placing them inside Ziplock bag to minimize the loss of the powder.
• Dissolve the mixture in warm water from the tap, using ½ cup of water and powder inside a bowl or container that has a surface area that is wide. This allows the solution to cool down faster.
• Allow the solution to stand at room temperature for around 10 to 20 minutes. Stir the mixture frequently until the solution is fully dissolved.
• Now put the mixture into your freezer until the mixture is cold but do not allow the solution to freeze. This usually takes 20 to 25 minutes.
• The next step is to filter the mixture through either aeropress, cheesecloth or a pre-wet coffee filter. Place the filter over a cup securing it down with a tape of a rubber band. Make sure you pour the mixture slowly through the filter.
• When the filter has stopped dripping, you should be left with a sticky-like and dense substance. You can now choose to add additional water to the solution and filter again, but this is not always necessary.
• The mixture is now ready for consumption and you can throw-away the remaining aspirin, ibuprofen or APAP. The concoction that remains is usually very bitter, so you may want to mix in something sweeter so that you are able to drink it.