For people interested in research and consciousness expansion with psychedelics, the name of Alexander Shulgin is equalled in renown only by that of Albert Hofmann. Shulgin has personally discovered (or invented) hundreds of new psychoactive substances, mostly in the phenethylamine family, his original interest area, but also tryptamines. He also pioneered a new form of reporting his scientific research in this unusual area. In a couple of autobiographical volumes PIHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved) and TIHKAL (Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved), he has described the molecular structure of these compounds, described the process of their synthesis and (most unusually) together with his wife Ann, given brief capsule descriptions of their subjective effects, as reported by their small group of research associates. By doing so, he has put the knowledge of these substances into the scientific public domain, where they can be downloaded and applied by anyone with the requisite technical expertise – truly an enormous contribution to potential human evolutionary advancement. The following interview/article about Shulgin was published on the alternet website. ‘Born Illegal’ — Exploring the Powerful Advanced Psychedelics Invented by the Father of Ecstasy Surveying Alexander Shulgin’s pioneering work with phenethylamine compounds, the ‘alchemy of medicinal chemistry,’ and the threat posed by the Federal Analogue Act.
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