neuromodulator (Stranger)
03-12-02 17:18
No 281579
      incense-->benzphetamine  Bookmark   

I read this on a note attached to a shooting star falling in my yard:

Benzoin (alpha-hydroxy-alpha-phenylacetophenone) is the active ingredient in certain kinds of Indian incense and burning the incense is said to promote healthy hair.

Benzoin plus formamide followed by acid (or base) hydrolysis followed by red P and iodine yields Benzphetamine (alpha-phenyl-PEA).  Benzoin plus MeOH and MeN02 and HgCl2 and aluminum foil followed by red P and iodine yields benzmethphetamine.

My Indian friend at works swears benzoin is good for you and has been used medicinally for 3000 years.

Any thoughts?

"No one is waiting for me to fail and my will could sail."
(Chief Bee)
03-12-02 17:29
No 281588
      Re: incense-->benzphetamine  Bookmark   

No, that is not correct, benzphetamine is N-benzyl-methamphetamine, and not a benzoin derivative.
03-12-02 17:43
No 281598
      Re: incense-->benzphetamine  Bookmark   

If you are correct, then I did not mean benzphetamine.
I meant alpha,beta-diphenylethanamine and
N-methyl-alpha,beta-diphenylethanamine.  I could have sworn I read somewhere that those compounds are psychoactive.
(Chief Bee)
03-12-02 17:53
No 281602
      Re: incense-->benzphetamine  Bookmark   

Aha - the N,N-dimethyl-1,2-diphenylethylamine analog is called Lephetamine, and is a stinulant and opioid at the same time. There is another thread discussing that subject right now, search for "lephetamine".
03-14-02 16:41
No 282707
      Re: incense-->benzphetamine  Bookmark   

The search engine didn't come up with any matches.  What is the post number?

Is lefetamine scheduled in the U.S.?  If so, which schedule?

Is lefetamine any good? 

I can get benzoin essential oil for $4/ounce.
(Hive Prodigy)
03-14-02 16:52
No 282712
      Re: incense-->benzphetamine  Bookmark   

Post 281000 (Sympatho: "Opiates causing stimulantion?", General Discourse)

Vivent Longtemps La Ruche!
(Distinctive Doe)
03-15-02 03:52
No 282963
      Re: incense-->benzphetamine  Bookmark   

Benzion essential oil has very little actual benzoin, don't think its a good source

Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety
01-21-03 10:20
No 400221
      Benzoin is available outside chemical supply...  Bookmark   

Benzoin is available outside chemical supply stores as a specialist ingredient in home soap manufacture.

Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?    - Chico Marx in Duck Soup
01-23-03 00:06
No 400720
      benzoin oil  Bookmark   

That's interesting, I've been using the oil myself; dripping a little onto a hot lampshade, or putting a dab here and there. It's quite pleasant, it seems to have something in common with vanilla. At least to my nose.