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Substance testing

Identification of unknown substances or components within a drug mixture is done using reagents, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and advanced lab tests

Reagents, or reactive agents, are a fast and convenient method for determining the presence or absence of a substance
During a test, reagents are dripped onto a small amount of an unknown substance
The structure of the unknown sample is then altered through unique mechanisms, resulting in the appearance of colors that correspond to a specific molecular structure

As reagents solely tests the entire sample as a whole there are issues in detecting adulterations, sometimes when you have an sample that contains multiple substances the result will be like an mixture of colors
One way to try to mitigate this issue is by the use of multiple reagents as there is a higher chance of finding out if there is an adulteration in your sample as darker results tend to overshadow lighter ones (meaning if you have an sample that contains two substances, one producing an light color, another producing an darker color, the darker reaction may overshadow the lighter one)

Reagents are however completely useless in testing for fentanyl in heroin samples, as the ratio of fentanyl would be too small to react with the reagent

At best when solely using reagents you are able to confirm that your sample either contains or does not contain the correct substance, so while there are issues one should be aware of reagents are worth using

Thin Layer Chromatography is an great method for detecting adulterations, as it separates the individual components before reagent testing them
During separation, a liquid agent pulls the mixture across a thin layer of absorbent material
Each of the components separate & then following separation, newly isolated components can be tested further with reagents and identified individually

Often called the “Golden Standard” of substance testing, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS) is an advanced lab-test which separates components of an unknown mixture, which are then broken down into smaller ions and sorted using electric and magnetic fields
The resulting ions indicate the identity of the unknown substance
A variety of other advanced analytic methods can be utilized in the lab, varying from other types of mass spectroscopy machines to FTIR which uses light energy to obtain absorption and emission data from an substance

Energy Control and EcstasyData are two organizations where you can send in a sample and have it lab-tested, this will cost 70€ at Energy Control for all samples & 40$ for XTC pills & 100$ for powders/blotters etc at EcstasyData

We highly recommend these two services, it’s the safest alternative when attempting to identify any substance