Originally Posted by jia
Merck's cocaine was speedy and jittery probably because it was near 100% pure. It was, however, and still is derived from coca. There are very few, but some, legitimate coca farms.
Not all of it. Some was built from scrath ( I knew a guy who knew a guy.... And all the Merck stuff was 100% (within the margin of Uncertainty-- it melted like a snow flake on a hot plate).
You appear to know a thing or two...
I know all about coke farms and labs, from personal experience. Thier is no aspect of cocaine I have not been involved with.
The quality of the product is largely dictated by the various alkailoid ratios present in the leaf.
Maybe you're more chemist than me?
Here's an interesting hypothesis:
When coke HCL started getting big, it was generally crystalized from di-ethly ether on bed sheets hanging on lines. Less than 3 ki per sheet was typical.
This was "flake". the best stuff.
Later, "rock" or "crystal" was massively produced in containers, from buckets to oil drums, and crystalized from the solvent-of-the-day-- the coke fun thing went to hell.
In the mid 80's. I knew this guy with a Ph.D who worked in columbia. we used to talk, and he told me that the insanity part of coke came with the switch in manufaturing. He said the "bucket method" resulted in a higher % of Tropacocaine, and that Tropacocaine was the problem, not cocaine per se. unfourtunetly, he died and untimely death and never investigated the matter as far as I know. Haven't thought about it in a while.
Got an opinion on that?