91 – Alexander Shulgin
This week: drugs! Psychedelic drugs and the man responsible for inventing most of them, Alexander Shulgin. Shulgin was a “psychopharmacologist” who, due to a special arrangement with the DEA, invented, synthesized, and tested on himself and his friends, hundreds of brand-spankin’-new psychedelic drugs, many of which are referred to now as “research chemicals. Alexander Shulgin is also known as the “godfather of ecstasy” for his role in re-discovering MDMA and became a counterculture hero after the publication of his books PiHKAL and TiHKAL, which provided detailed recipes and analyses for over 200 different substances as well as an absolutely insufferable love story. Also he was a member of the Bohemian Club (the one with the grove), and a pretty odd fellow in general.
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