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An analytical perspective on favoured synthetic routes to psychoactive tryptamines

An analytical perspective on favoured synthetic routes to psychoactive tryptamines

  1. chaos69
    Abstract

    Many tryptamine derivatives are known to induce altered states of consciousness and are increasingly of interest in forensic and neurobiological studies. The analytical chemistry of certain synthetic routes to the tryptamines is discussed and likely side products and impurities identified, where literature reports are available. Recent examples from the authors’ laboratory are presented to highlight future prospects and implications for analytical procedures. The aim of this review is to provide the analytical chemist with the foundation chemistry and some analytical targets to be able to undertake direct characterisation of products and intermediates. These might become available from interdiction of clandestine operations in a forensic environment or during the synthesis of the tryptamines for investigative neurobiological and clinical procedures.