MHRB is acidified. Naptha pulls fats 2-3x. Then basified to a pH <11.
1.Extracted with chloroform.
2.Extracted with toluene
Which would be better to use in this case?
The problem arose when I realized that almost all of the internet failed attempts at extracting DMT from MHRB is due to not enough NaOH (not high enough pH). Naptha is very non-polar, so in order for DMT to cross over, the pH must be very very high.
Toluene is slightly more polar, thus the pH can be slightly lower.
Chloroform is even more polar thus an even lower pH can be used (however NaOH + Chloroform = no good)
So, do you think basifying to ~pH 10 and extracting with chloroform (via ammonia base) or toluene would affect yields?