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06-23-2012, 09:19 PM
Alexander(Sasha) Shulgin has not been doing so well the last couple of years following a stroke he suffered in late 2010. He's discovered over 300 entheogenic/psychedelic substances and is the author of both Pihkal and Tihkal.

Shulgin is a counter-culture hero to generations of psychonauts. Beginning in the 1960s, he synthesized and then sampled hundreds of variations of phenethylamines and tryptamines. The former are related to mescaline, a psychoactive compound found in peyote cactus and the latter are related to the psychoactive compounds in hallucinogenic mushrooms.

That research was anthologized in a pair of books, PiHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved) and TiHKAL (Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved), which Shulgin and his wife co-authored. Both came out in the 1990s.

Shulgin is known in some circles as the "Godfather of Ecstasy" after he re-synthesized MDMA in 1976 for use in psychotherapy. The drug had been invented by Merck in 1912, but then largely forgotten. After Shulgin began experimenting with it in the 1970s, its popularity spread rapidly beyond psychotherapeutic circles as it became one of the world's most popular synthetic psychedelics.

From here: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2010/nov/23/psychedelic_pioneer_alexander_sh

The Shulgins and Their Alchemical Angels - By Alex Grey

http://i46.servimg.com/u/f46/17/56/95/23/shulgi10.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=12&u=17569523)

“The painting entitled, “The Shulgin’s and Their Alchemical Angels” portrays Sasha holding an MDMA molecule that has a fiery warm glow and angels wings. Anne touches the molecule and gazes into the light. Around them radiate molecular symbols, Sasha’s “dirty pictures.” Above them two flaming wings with eyes, bare the words “PIHKAL” on one and “TIHKAL” on the other. An alchemical flask hovers above Sasha’s head with a symbolic “eye of the heart” angel inside the lab vessel.”

From here: http://crucifytheego.tumblr.com/post/774666442/the-shulgins-and-their-alchemical-angels-by-alex

06-30-2012, 12:51 PM
I always wanted to read those books but never got round to it.