What Is Cold Water Extraction


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Water is one of the most important solvents for a large group of inorganic and organic substances. In addition to pure water, sometimes aqueous solvents of acids, alkalis or various salts are used as solvents. Extraction of solids by water or aqueous solutions is often called leaching.

Extraction of solids is a fairly common operation. Depending on the nature of the substance to be recovered, either a cold solvent (cold extraction) or hot solvent (hot extraction) is applied. The latter is necessary in the case of extraction of substances swelling before dissolving or poorly soluble in cold water.

Cold water extraction or CWE is a simple, yet effective procedure. As you probably already know, it is widely used to separate paracetamol, ibuprofen or any other accompanying analgesics from an opiate-based substance (i.e., Percocet, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Tramadol) that dissolves in cold water. (Note: Tylenol will filter off and remain on the bottom).

Speaking from my experience, I would have to describe the most popular on the Internet CWE procedure to you in very specific and precise instructions.

Disclaimer: A word of advice never use any drug substance where it is against the law. Stay safe!

STEP #1 Crush Pills
Take not more than 5 pills and crush them into a fine powder. To minimize the loss of powder, you can put the pills into a zip-lock bag and then crush them there.

That being said, there are undoubtedly many factors to be considered before you make an attempt at extraction. Dosage regimens should be adjusted according to your age, body weight, and opioid tolerance. The unknown amounts of drugs contained in tampering solutions can result in accidental drug overdoses. I’m not a doctor or specialist, however, if you have no idea how much mg a day is of real concern or feel that the drug is less effective as it was, be aware of risks of severe side effects, dependence, and fatal overdoses.


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STEP #2 Add Warm Water
Warm about 150 mL of cold water. Bring the water to a warm temperature, but make sure it’s not hot; otherwise, the opioids will get destroyed.

This is one of the critical factors to keep in mind. Even when following the same process and using the same medicine formulations, tampering solutions may contain different amounts of active substances due to water temperature. It means it is difficult to control the quantities of drugs consumed in tampering solutions.

STEP #3 Mix and Stir
Take the powder and mix it with warm water. Then stir. Leave it on the table for about 10 minutes.

The cold water extraction method allows removing paracetamol/ibuprofen from the painkiller substances that have proven the adverse effect of kidney and liver. However, opioids itself might cause ischemic liver injury due to respiratory failure, shock, cardiovascular collapse and anoxia that might occur with opioid overdose. Careful follow-up, dosage control, and Liver Detox is necessary if any sign of these complications appears.

We assessed tons of reviews and crafted an article for more information on how to defend yourself from the risks of side effects that may occur.

STEP #4 Use Freezer
Put the substance in your freezer. Allow it to sit there for approx. 30 minutes. Do not put the lid on top or let it freeze.

It is widely believed that painkillers are relatively safe if taken at the recommended dose. However users, whether medical or recreational, frequently end up stuck with an addiction. I am not a medical specialist, I can’t give you advice on how to quit the pills. Our review data point out that using the CWE method people get an opioid-based liquid substance that allows to reduce dose and taper down least painfully.

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STEP #5 Use a Coffee Filter
Take out your glass and then filter the water with the help of a coffee filter.

You have the freedom to use any materials from your garage to design your own filter. Experimental users have found different materials for filtration: coffee filters, paper tissues, t-shirt fabrics and socks. Please keep in mind that all these household filter membranes do not provide any guarantee that undesirable components were eliminated in the extracted substance. As studies show up to 70% of non-opioid analgesics or tampering-resistant formulations might be left after the non-laboratory filtration process. The unknown amounts of drugs contained in tampering solutions can result in accidental drug overdoses from the opioids or analgesics.

STEP #6 Squeeze the Filter
Squeeze the coffee filter into the same empty glass, and you’re done.

Note many opioid pills also contain caffeine. After CWE most of the caffeine will remain in the finished product. It should not be a problem for most patients, but those who have caffeine issues should be careful.

There is one more issue that should be addressed. The extracted substance tastes bitter. To fix the situation, you can mix it with something sweet or do something to get off.

Though many people take painkillers following surgery or injury, they might get heavily addicted. Over the time your body adapts to expect the drug and starts to believe it needs the prescription to work correctly. Over two weeks of use you can become addicted to opioid-based painkillers such as Vicodin, Morphine, or OxyContin, and just be unable to abstain. Many painkillers addicts say they don’t feel like their body is addicted to it now – their mind is addicted to it.

You probably wonder why your body and mind had to have a “chemical imbalance”? These pain relievers are made from powerful alkaloids such as morphine, which comes from the poppy plant. Morphine has been used since ancient times as an opioid analgesic as well as codeine. These two opioids are the basis for many pain relievers, such as:

* Fentanyl (trade name Duragesic)
* Hydrocodone with acetaminophen (trade name Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab)
* Hydrocodone (trade name Hysingla ER, Zohydro ER)
* Hydromorphone(trade name Dilaudid)
* Methadone (trade name Dolophine)
* Oxycodone (trade name OxyContin)
* Oxycodone with acetaminophen (trade name Percocet)
* Oxycodone with aspirin (trade name Percodan)
* Meperidine (trade name Demerol)

Having an understanding of whether you’re addicted can help you determine the right way to get the help you need. Ask yourself a few questions:

Do I feel a lack of control over using painkillers when I am not in pain? Do I take the painkiller because I feel like I might need it?

Do I have a desire to quit but unable? Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, chills, shaking, diarrhea, high blood pressure?

Am I using more of the drug over time to feel the same effects? Am I spending a lot of time trying to get the substance?

If you positively answered these questions, you might have developed a physical and psychological dependency. There are a few ways to get off or at least reduce the harms of drug use instead of disregarding them. It would be good to take into account each patient’s unique situation and not to mess up the tapering progress by being too extreme. Harm reduction programs can help to keep patient as safe as possible and to create a range of benefits to both the individual and his / her family.

Here are some ways to minimize the harm that could arise from using painkillers pills:

Overdose Prevention Practices
If you spot the signs of an overdose, the first step is to call to emergency and to your doctor. To prevent accidental death, you might ask your doctor to show you, your family members, and caregivers how to use Naloxone. Naloxone is a medicine that reverses an opioid overdose in progress. It blocks brain opioid receptor sites.

Individual Tapering Plan
You should know that some methods of harm reduction are safer than others. If you feel able to taper off at home, your doctor might help you determine a withdrawal plan for the substance. This will require you to take less of the drug each time you make it until you physically and psychologically no longer need it. Following the individual tapering plan even in baby steps can lead you to where you want to go. Despite the voice of critics, studies show that harm reduction plan is a considerably effective strategy to reduce negative consequences associated with painkillers use.

Detox Programs
Often, harm reduction strategies are used in conjunction with other approaches and might include medically observed detox programs. Your doctor might prescribe you medicines such as Subtext, Buprenorphine, Methadone, and Naltrexone to control cravings for the drug and prevent unpleasant side effects. Natural substances such as Vitamin B and calcium-magnesium might be offered to avoid triggers that could lead to relapse.

Harm reduction programs customize the treatment following the person’s psychological, emotional and physical resiliency. This can take significant time measured in weeks and months, but many patients can successfully stop abusing opioids. Trust me, it’s a good feeling to turn misery into something positive.

Final thoughts:

Sometimes you make mistakes in life. It is best to admit them, and get on with improving your life. The short-term effects of opioids use cannot replace your heart’s desire to live, whether it is to get married to the person, you never thought you’d get, be the world’s greatest parent or make money you deserve.


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Even if you tried unsuccessfully to reduce the use of painkillers…
Even if you lack control…
Even if you dug yourself a hole so deep..

you are able to get hold of the drugs.

I will keep you and your sweet ones in my thoughts and prayers. And I’m sending you lots of love and light. Let me know if I can help or support you in any other way.

Disclaimer: Don’t ignore the harm and danger associated with opioid painkillers use.