25 March 2011

Cocaine Without The Drug Barons

As I've been saying for quite a while now, the day is getting very close, if not here already, when cocaine will come from a chemical plant rather than a coca plant.

My blogger feed has just yielded, doi/abs/10.1021/jo200069m a paper that describes the, "Total Synthesis of (−)-Cocaine and (−)-Ferruginine".

When I wrote about, "No Future For Cocaine" that should've read, no future for cocaine from coca plants. If you can synthesise the product in your shed you can disintermediate the criminals. As the chemistry develops, this is what is happening.


  1. It would certainly be good to bankrupt the drugs barons.

    - Aangirfan

  2. I wonder if they'll be disintermediated.