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2,5-Dimethoxybenzaldehyde is an organic compound used primarily in the production of various psychedelic substances. It is a clear, colorless liquid at room temperature and has a slightly sweet, pleasant aroma.

Chemical Structure and Properties[edit | edit source]

2,5-Dimethoxybenzaldehyde, also known as DMB, is a derivative of benzaldehyde, with two methoxy groups attached to the benzene ring at the 2nd and 5th positions. Its chemical formula is C9H10O3, and its molecular weight is 166.18 g/mol. It is soluble in alcohol and ether, but not in water.

Production and Uses[edit | edit source]

2,5-Dimethoxybenzaldehyde is produced through the Friedel-Crafts alkylation of benzaldehyde with dimethyl sulfate in the presence of aluminium chloride. It is primarily used in the synthesis of psychedelic drugs, such as 2C-B, 2C-I, and 2C-E. It can also be used as a flavoring agent and in the production of certain dyes and pigments.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 2,5-Dimethoxybenzaldehyde can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. It may also cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health effects, such as damage to the liver and kidneys.

Regulation[edit | edit source]

Due to its use in the production of illegal substances, 2,5-Dimethoxybenzaldehyde is regulated in many countries. In the United States, it is listed as a List I chemical under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that its sale and distribution are closely monitored.

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