How to detect PMA/PMMA?

How to detect PMA/PMMA: if you intend to use a synthetic stimulant, first you need to check it using a test kit to rule out presence of dangerous adulterants such as PMA/PMEA/PMMA. To detect PMA/PMEA/PMMA in MDMA/MDA use reagent tests Simon’s and Robadope included in the MDMA Test Kit, or use Mandelin reagent if testing amphetamines, cathinones or cocaine. To detect fentanyl or test for fentanyl analogs it’s recommended to use fentanyl test strips.

Drug tests presumptively indicate PRESENCE, but not PURITY or QUANTITY. Use different tests to improve accuracy and to detect adulterants – 90% of adulterants will react with 1 out of 3 reagents, and 95% with 1 out of 5.

A positive or negative test result does not indicate if the substance is safe. No substance is 100% safe.


How can I detect PMA/PMMA?

BEFORE using a test kit

  • It’s RECOMMENDED to record the reaction to compare later

STEP ONE for testing PMA/PMMA powder / capsules

  • Take and finely crush a small piece, no bigger than a head of a needle – like this •.
  • Put it on a suitable testing plate, preferably a spot test plate or the bottom/underside of a ceramic mug (example). *If using single-use vials insert the sample and observe, as the reagent is already within.
  • Add one (or two) drops of Mandelin reagent test (or other supplied) on the sample and wait for the results.
  • Check reagent test results with instructions.

STEP TWO detecting PMA/PMMA

PMA/PMEA/PMMA are made in a way similar to MDMA, but do not have the same effects. Because the expected effects never come up, PMA, PMEA and PMMA are extremely easy to overdose on.

  • To detect PMA/PMEA/PMMA in amphetamines, cathinones or cocaine use Mandelin reagent and watch out for a dark brown color change.
  • To detect PMA in MDMA or methamphetamine use Robadope test (for 2C-x, amphetamine, MDA or PMA). It reacts to primary amines, but not to MDMA. 
  • To detect PMMA in MDA, cathinones or amphetamine use Simon’s test (for PMMA, MDMA, meth). It reacts to secondary amines and, but not to MDA.
  • Full informations are available in instructions and color chartsvideos & apps
Reagent testing MDMA and Amphetamine with Simon's and Robadope reagents
How to detect PMA / 2C-B / amphetamine or MDA in MDMA using MDMA test kit with Marquis, Mecke, Robadope and Simon’s reagents.

PMA/PMMA test did not react as indicated? Watch out!
All test results are available in our instructions and TestDrugs apps.


AFTER using a PMA/PMMA reagent test

  • OPTIONAL: Pour baking soda over a finished reaction to neutralize used reagents.
  • Wash testing surface under running water.

FAQ

  • Fizzing. Any synthetic drug in a form of salt will bubble with most reagent tests, which are strong acids. If you see fizzing without color change, that can indicate presence of a new psychoactive substance.
  • Speed of the reaction does not indicate quantity nor purity. However, if you are having trouble interpreting your result try using a bigger sample or crushing it better before testing.
  • How many tests can you get from one test kit? A multiple-use test kit lasts up to 100 (5 ml) or 200 (10 ml) tests. Each drop equals one test. A single use-test kit contains 2 disposable ampoules (2 tests).

How to check if PMA/PMMA reagent test works?

  • Test any substance and compare color reactions with instructions. It’s easiest to use aspirin – Marquis reagent reacts to it with a slow pink color change.
  • Keep a sample to compare later in case of doubt. If control sample reacts fine, it means the reagent still works.

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How to detect fentanyl?

BEFORE using a fentanyl test strip

  • It’s RECOMMENDED to test each and every dose. Because of extreme potency (microgram range) fentanyl is never evenly mixed in.

STEP ONE for testing fentanyl powder / pills / spice

  • Dissolve 100-200 mg in at least 125 ml of water (half a cup).
  • Grab a test strip by blue end and insert it into the liquid, no higher than the blue line.
  • Wait until liquid starts visibly moving up the test strip (up to 15 seconds).
  • Put the test strip away on a flat dry surface and read the result in 2 minutes.

How to use a fentanyl test strip?

  • Check test strip results: a single line confirms the presence of fentanyl, while two lines (even faint) rule it out.

Fentanyl test did not react as indicated? Watch out!
All test results are available in our instructions and TestDrugs apps.

FAQ

  • Faint line. Even faint second line result is enough to rule out the presence of fentanyl.
  • Injecting. If you inject you especially need to test each and every dose. It’s best to test the spoon (or cooker) residue every time before use.
  • Speed of the reaction does not indicate quantity nor purity. However, if you are having trouble interpreting your result try using a bigger sample or crushing it better before testing.
  • How many tests can you get from one test kit? A single fentanyl test strip is enough for one test.

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List of all SIN guides how to test drugs:

How to test 2C-B?
How to test MDA?
How to test MDMA?
How to test LSD?
How to test DMT?
How to test FENTANTYL?
How to test COCAINE?
How to test MESCALINE?
How to test KETAMINE?
How to test MEPHEDRONE?
How to test AMPHETAMINE?
How to test METHAMPHETAMINE?
How to test HEROIN & OPIOIDS?
How to test an UNKOWN substance or RCs?

and how to detect cuts or other adulterants:

How to detect LEVAMISOLE?
How to detect PMA/PMMA?
How to detect FENTANYL?
How to detect NBOMes?

HARM REDUCTION

A positive or negative test result does not indicate if the substance is safe. Learn more at erowid.org.

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