I would like to just show you this:
"A surprisingly simple synthesis is possible from the amino acid phenylalanine, which is available at health food stores for about $14 for 100 tablets. Phenylalanine is 2-amino-3-phenylpropanoic acid, which is more or less amphetamine with a COOH where the CH3 should be at the end of the chain. Thionyl chloride will replace the OH with a Cl, which falls off and is replaced by H when you give it lithium aluminum hydride, sodium borohydride, or hydrogen gas and nickel/platinum. If you use hydrogen and metal for that step, you'll have to reduce the carbonyl group with one of the hydrides, so best save time + effort and use them and do both reductions at once. When that carbonyl is reduced, you now have amphetamine."
-Quoted from the Methamphetamine FAQ at amphetamines.com
If someone could write a simple technical synthesis for someone with no chemistry knowledge, could acquire one somewhere, or even just explain this to me shortly, I would be infinitely gratitudinous.
Thank you all very very much.