Alexander Shulgin (or Sasha to his friends) invented and synthesized more than 200 new psychoactive substances in his backyard laboratory in the latter half of the 20th century.
Ann, his wife, pioneered some of the first therapeutic applications of these psychedelic resources at a time when the federal government of the United States began to make research into these medicines illegal.
Together, they wrote two world-renowned scholarly books: PiHKAL & TiHKAL – “Phenethylamines (and Tryptamines) I Have Known and Loved.”
In this episode, we’ll hear Ann Shulgin tell her story of pioneering underground psychedelic therapy and Sasha explaining why he did what he did. At the end, I’ve edited and added Sasha’s 2014 memorial service video – thanks to the Internet Archive – archive.org.