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Naphtha is the solvent of choice for many extracting teks to pull the freebase DMT from the basified solution.

Naphtha is a combination of organic non-polar petroleum distillates. The reason naphtha can pull the freebase DMT from the basified solution is because freebase DMT is non-polar itself.


Due to Naptha being a combination of distillates, some products are more and less pure than others. VM&P (Varnish Maker's & Painter's) Naptha as well as Coleman's Camping Fuel have both been used with success by many. Ronsonol and Zippo lighter fluid have had mixed results, some claiming it to evaporate clean, some claiming it to be dirty. Some brands have an anti-rusting agent in them which may result in a blue discoloration. Testing the quality yourself is generally a good idea.


Good quality naphtha evaporates clean, meaning that it leaves no residue after complete evaporation. Before you use any naphtha make sure that you have a good quality brand. To test the quality of your naphtha evaporate a small amount in a Pyrex dish to see if it leaves no residue, if it leaves a residue then don't use it but get another brand and test that one until you find a brand with a good quality.


Naphtha is harmful to the environment. Because of this it is best not the evaporate the naphtha but to use a freeze precipitation tek in order to reuse the naphtha. Instead of naphtha it is also possible to use D-Limonene as a non-toxic alternative.

Not to be confused with naphthalene.

Naphtha (/ˈnæfθə/ or /ˈnæpθə/) is a general term that has been used for over two thousand years to refer to flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures. Mixtures labelled naphtha have been produced from natural gas condensates, petroleum distillates, and the distillation of coal tar and peat. It is used differently in different industries and regions to refer to gross products like crude oil or refined products such as kerosene. (See Etymology)


The word naphtha came from Latin and Greek where it derived from Persian.[1] In Ancient Greek, it was used to refer to any sort of petroleum or pitch. The term entered Semitic languages as well in antiquity: It appears in Arabic as نَفْط nafṭ ("petroleum"), in Syriac as ܢܰܦܬܳܐ naftā, and in Hebrew as נֵפְט neft.

A 2nd century BCE Koine Greek religious text[2] uses the word "naphtha" to refer to a miraculously flammable liquid. The subjects called the liquid "nephthar", meaning "purification", but note that "most people" call it naphtha (or Nephi).[3]

Naphtha is the root of the word naphthalene. The second syllable of "naphtha" can also be recognised in phthalate.

It also enters the word napalm from "naphthenic acid and palmitic acid", as the first napalm was made from a mixture of naphthenic acid with aluminium and magnesium salts of palmitic acid.

In older usage, "naphtha" simply meant crude oil, but this usage is now obsolete in English. The Ukrainian and Belarusian word нафта (lit. nafta), Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian "nafta", the Russian word нефть (lit. neft') and the Persian naft ( نفت) mean "crude oil". Also, in Italy, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Albania nafta (нафта in Cyrillic) is colloquially used to indicate diesel fuel and crude oil. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, nafta was historically used for both diesel fuel and crude oil, but its use for crude oil is now obsolete[4] and it generally indicates diesel fuel. In Bulgarian, nafta means diesel fuel, while neft, as well as "petrol" (петрол in Cyrillic), means crude oil. "Nafta" is also used in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to refer to gasoline. In Poland, the word "nafta" means kerosene.

There is a conjecture that the Greek word naphtha came from the Indo-Iranian god name Apam Napat, which occurs in Vedic and in Avestic;[5] the name means "grandson of (the) waters", and the Vedas describe him as fire emerging from water.


Various qualifiers have been added to the term "naphtha" by various sources in an effort to make it more specific:

One source[6] differentiates by boiling point:

Light naphtha is the fraction boiling between 30 °C and 90 °C and consists of molecules with 5–6 carbon atoms. Heavy naphtha boils between 90 °C and 200 °C and consists of molecules with 6–12 carbons.

Another source[7] differentiates light and heavy based on hydrocarbon structure:

"Light[is] a mixture consisting mainly of straight-chained and cyclic aliphatic hydrocarbons having from five to nine carbon atoms per molecule. Heavy [is] a mixture consisting mainly of straight-chained and cyclic aliphatic hydrocarbons having from seven to nine carbons per molecule."

Both of these are useful definitions, but they are in conflict with one another, so these terms are also sufficiently broad that they are not widely useful.

Health and safety considerations

The MSDS's for various vendors [8] [9] [10] [11] are also indicative of the inspecific nature of the product, and reflect the considerations due for a flammable mixture of hydrocarbons: flammability, carcinogenicity, skin and airway irritation, etc.

See also


  1. ^ Christian Gizewski (Berlin Institute of Technology). "Persisches Erbe im Griechischen, Lateinischen, Arabischen, Türkischen und in verschiedenen heutigen europäischen Sprachen (Persian Heritage in Greek, Latin, Arabic, Turkic and Various Modern European Languages)". Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  2. ^ 2nd Maccabees
  3. ^ 2 Maccabees 1:36
  4. ^
  5. ^ Studies in ancient technology by R. J. Forbes (page 12)
  6. ^ Prestvic, Rune; Kjell Moljord; Knut Grande; Anders Holmen (2004). "Compositional analysis of naphtha and reformate". Catalytic naphtha reforming. USA: CRC Press. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Third Edition", Meyer, E., Prentice Hall, 1998, page 458.
  8. ^ MSDS
  9. ^ Diggers Shellite MSDS
  10. ^ Shell Ronsonol MSDS
  11. ^ NAFAA MSDS