Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Second Psychedelic Revolution Part Two: Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin, The Psychedelic Godfather

Few weeks ago I made a post about The Second Psychedelic Revolution Part One: The End of Acid by James Oroc 
Now you can read Part Two...

" I first explored mescaline in the late '50s, three-hundred-fifty to 400 milligrams. I learned there was a great deal inside me.'
Alexander Shulgin, LA Times, 1995

If there is ever a Psychedelic Hall of Fame, the section on chemists will be small, since there have only really been two giants in this field — Albert Hofmann, who first synthesized LSD-25 and psilocybin (and later isolated that compound from the magic mushroom specimens provided by R. Gordon Wasson), and Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin, who seems to have invented nearly everything else. (So great are the shadows of these two men that twin statues of them facing each other should be the Hall’s entranceway arch.) However when the remarkable volume PIHKAL; A Chemical Love Story [1] first appeared in 1991, few people outside of the psychedelic community in California knew about Sasha and the quiet existence that he and his wife Ann (the co-author of both PIHKAL and TIHKAL) lived; and those that knew of him knew mostly the fact that he was the ‘popularizer’ of the empathogen MDMA....
continue reading on REALITY SANDWICH 
( Part One HERE )
( James Oroc is the author of  " Tryptamine Palace " )

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