Welcome dexers! This page will show you how to extract DXM from tussin cough syrups to make Agent Lemon liquid or Lemondrop capsules. Our method is based on Lucidity’s Simplified Method, but we have added some further instructions and some photos to make it easy to follow. This process usually takes between 30 and 90 minutes. Please take extreme caution when doing your own extractions. Take it upon yourself use other sources for more info when doing this. You can seriously mess this up and therefore mess yourself up when you ingest it. Please be safe.Important Note: VM&P Naphtha is safe to use AS DESCRIBED to produce DXM hydrocitrate, but not to produce freebase. The naptha is not refined enough to produce a safe freebase.


Tussin Cough Syrup

See sources section for DXM-only syrups. basically and cough syrup where the only active ingredient is Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide (DXM HBr). Syrups containing Guaifenesin may also be used, but no other active ingredients should be present.


Can be found in any grocery store as floor cleaner. Get only clear, non-sudsy ammonia.


This is a petroleum product professionaly used by woodworkers as a solvent and is an ingredient in lighter fluid. If there is a paint store near you, go there and buy VM&P Naphtha (Varnish Maker’s & Painters). This is pure naphtha, and the best product to use. Zippo or Ronsonol lighter fluid also may be used, but they both contain other levels of petroleum which may cause your finished product to taste like lighter fluid which can stay  with you throughout your trip. It’s very nasty.

Lemon Juice

Realemon brand or generic equivalent . *Countrytime lemonade can be used in it’s place if you are making agent lemon liquid, but lemon juice is required to make lemondrops. See Lucidity’s Simplified Method for details on how to use Countrytime.

Glass Carafe or Pan

Yes, it has to be glass. Most grocery stores sell The Whistler for around $10.

Ziplock Freezer Bags

Or generic equivalent- get the big ones.

Large Glass Bottle of grapefruit juice

Drinking grapefruit juice before taking DXM helps inhibit the enzyme that converts DXM to DXO, which means your trip should be enhanced. You will use the bottle to shake your mixture, so make sure you get the largest bottle you can find, and make sure it isglass.

Glass Jar

About the size of a pasta sauce jar. make sure it is clean!


A Stove or microwave

See Lucidity’s Simplified Method for details on how to use a microwave instead of a stove, but for our method, we use a stove.

Additional Materials Needed to Make Lemondrops

Gelatin Capsules

Can be purchased online or at many health food stores, or you can buy a supplement that comes in capsule form and dump out the powder inside to use the caps.

Plastic Drinking Straw

Regular-sized straw.


Step 1: Extracting the DXM from the Cough Syrup

Take your clean, empty glass grapefruit juice bottle and pour your tussin syrup inside. Add to it an equal amount of ammonia. No need to be exact, just eye it. Put the lid on the bottle and shake that mixture vigorously for about 3 minutes. The DXM molecules have now been bound to the ammonia molecules.

Step 2: Extracting the DXM from the Ammonia

Open your bottle back up and add some naphtha. Use about 1/10 the amount of Naphtha to the amount of liquid that is currently in the bottle, usually around a quarter to half inch of naphtha. Put the lid back on and shake that mixture for 6 minutes. The naphtha has separated the DXM from the ammonia, and the DXM molecules are now bound to the naphtha’s.

Step 3: Separation #1

After you are done shaking your mixture, pour what you have in your bottle into a Ziplock freezer bag, and hang it up using thumbtacks. You should see your product begin to separate almost immediately, and after 5 minutes it should look like this:

The clear top layer is your naphtha layer which contains the DXM. The bottom layer is your ammonia/syrup layer which you will discard. If using a Guaifenesin-containing syrup, you might experience a bubbly, oily layer between your naphtha and ammonia layers. If this happens, just wait an extra 5 minutes for those bubbles to settle.

Step 4: Draining your Product

Make sure you are outside or in a well-ventilated room and have your bottle and jar handy. Carefully take down your bag and hold it by one corner. Hold the bottom corner of your bag over the mouth of your bottle, and with your scissors snip a tiny hole  in the corner of your bag so the bottom layer slowly drains into your bottle. When your naptha layer gets close, get ready to pinch the opening of the bag. make sure every last bit of red stuff drains, and when a tiny bit of naphtha leaks out, pinch the bag shut and drain the rest of it into your glass jar. Inspect your naphtha in the jar for little red bubbles. You want to make sure there is no ammonia in your product because ammonia is toxic. If you see any bubbles in your product, dump the contents of your jar into a fresh Ziplock bag and hang it up for a few minutes. The bubbles will now have settled into the bottom corner of your bag, which you can snip and drain. Now empty your naphtha back into your jar.

Step 5: Extracting the DXM from the Naphtha

Grab your jar and your lemon juice, and add an equal amount of lemon juice as you have naphtha into the jar. Put the lid on your jar and shake that mixture vigorously for 6 minutes. The lemon juice has now unbound the DXM molecules from the naphtha’s.

Step 6: Separation #2

When you are done shaking your naphtha/lemon juice mixture, take a fresh Ziplock bag and pour the contents of your jar into it. Hang the bag by it’s corner. If you are making agent lemon and have chosen to use Lucidity’s Countrytime Method, the separation should take about 15 minutes. If you are making lemondrops or have used lemon juice, the separation usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. Leave the product to separate for at least 45 min in this case. Your separation should look like this:

Now the lemon juice has seperated from the naphtha, and your DXM/lemon juice product is the bottom layer while the naptha layer, which you will discard, is on top.

**note: some experience cloudyness or foaming in their product especially when using lighter fluid instead of pure naphtha, which makes the separation look more like this-

If your separation looks like this, don’t worry - it’s still usable. It is just harder to distinguish between the layers because the separation is so faint . When you drain this in the next step, be sure to do it slowly and in a well-lit area so you can follow the separation.

Step 7: Draining your Product

Ready your jar, which you should have washed and dried well, and your bottle. Place them side-by-side. Take your bag, and again snip a tiny hole in it’s corner to allow the bottom lemon juice/DXM layer to drain slowly into your jar. As the naptha layer approaches, get ready to pinch the bag closed. When 99.9% of the bottom layer has drained into your jar, pinch the bag closed and empty the remaining naphtha layer into your bottle. The contents of the bottle should now be disposed of properly.

Step 8: Boiling and Cooling your Mixture

Take the contents of your jar and empty it into your glass pan or carafe. Put your pan on the stove and turn the heat on to just over medium-high. Let your lemon slowly come to a boil and watch it carefully. If you let it get too hot quickly, your lemon juice can come to a furious boil allowing some to splash out of your pan, and you don’t want this to happen because you are losing DXM, so watch your product carefully as it boils. It is helpful to take the pan off the stove every minute or so, and swirl the mixture around by carefully shaking the pan in a circular motion- be careful not to spill! You should boil this mixture for at least 5 minutes to make agent lemon. Your liquid will evaporate down to a couple of ounces or so, but we recommend boiling your product down to about an ounce if you plan on drinking the agent lemon liquid. This stuff really tastes disgusting, so the less you have to drink, the better. If you are making Lemondrops, go on to Step 9. If you are making Agent Lemon liquid to drink, proceed here - Drain what you have back into your cleaned jar, put the lid on, and hold the jar under a cold water faucet for a minute - this will help speed-up the cooling process, and you want to drink your agent lemon cold, there is less of a gag-reflex that way - place the jar in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Your product will look similar to this:

Now you have made Agent Lemon! Just drink the mixture, and have a good trip! :D)

Further Instructions to Make Lemondrops

Step 9: Boiling your Product

When making Lemondrops, the objective is to boil the liquid down to as little as possible - the less liquid you end up with, the less capsules you have to fill and swallow. So continue boiling and swirling your lemon until you have about a quarter-shotglass amount of liquid. The liquid will be dark-brown at this point - almost black, and it’s consistency will be thicker than that of agent lemon. Carefully drain what you can into your jar. Since the product is so thick at this point, some of it will remain stuck inside the pan. To get it out, squirt a small amount of lemon juice into the pan and swirl it around until it dissolves the goo from the sides of the pan and the lemon juice turns brown. Boil this down like you did the first time, although not as thick, and add it to what you have in the jar. Your pan should be pretty free of residual goo at this point, and you should have just enough liquid in your jar to about cover it’s bottom (about half of the amount of liquid shown in the pics above). Put the lid on the jar, hold it under cold-running water for a minute, then let the product cool in the refrigerator to for 15 minutes.

Step 10: Preparing, Filling and Dropping your Capsules

If you have empty capsules, wonderful. If you have purchased a supplement in capsule form and intend to use the emptied capsules for your Lemondrops, be sure the caps are well cleaned- out beforehand. This can be done with Q-Tips or some tissue twisted up into a point to get inside the cap. Set aside about 10 to 15 empty capsules, and get yourself 2 large glasses of cold water or orange juice. Grab your product from the fridge. It will be very thick at this point from being cold, so loosen it up and bring it to room temperature by running the jar under warm water for a minute. You want the product at room temperature because it is less thick that way, and it is not so warm that it dissolves the capsules immediately. Grab your drinking straw, some tissues or paper towels, and set it all out with your empty capsules and water/oj. Get ready to dose!

The liquid is very acidic, and will dissolve the capsules if left in them for longer than 45 seconds to a minute, so you will drop each cap as you fill them. Lay down your tissue/paper towels in front of you because you want them to be right there when you fill each cap. To fill the caps, take your straw and dip it into your liquid. Suck on the straw gently so you draw the liquid about one inch into the straw, and cover the sucking end of the straw with your finger so you create a vacuum, which makes the liquid stay in the straw. Keeping your finger on the end of the straw, slowly withdraw it from the jar and lightly tap it on the rim of the jar to shake off the excess at the tip. Grab a cap - the longer, male end of the cap - and insert the straw slightly. Release your finger, and the liquid will drain into the cap.

Get the other end - the fatter, female end of the cap and join. Wipe the closed, filled cap well with your tissue so it is clean and dry, pop it into your mouth and wash it down. You are now dosing Lemondrops! Keep on doing this until all your liquid is gone, which should be after dropping 10-15 caps. You are left with no bad taste whatsoever, little if any nausea, and a clean, happy trip!


*spirit moves through all things*


Lucidity for the original extraction method. Vaesolis for testing and refining agent lemon method and for developing the Lemondrop method. Agent Lemon dexman by Awakened. Graphics and photos by Vaesolis, written by Vaesolis.

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