The naturally occurring alkaloid psilocybin, known from the fruiting bodies of
the mushroom genus Psilocybe, can be extracted and purified with some effort.
For this purpose, different chemical purification methods and column chromatography
have to be combined to finally obtain ~ 99 % pure psilocybin. The last step is
recrystallization, where the solvent is evaporated in a supersaturated psilocybin solution.
The previously dissolved psilocybin molecules now arrange themselves into a regular and
very characteristic crystal lattice. Typical for psilocybin are the small pointed
needles which grow circularly from a common crystallization nucleus.
The photo was taken in the laboratory under the microscope by scientist
Dr. Felix Blei at from Miraculix Lab 400 x magnification.
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