Building on the Shulgin Approach

In the News 22 April 2021

How did a chemist working for the Dow Chemical Company become known as the godfather of psychedelics? 

Alexander Shulgin, a formally trained chemist, fascinated with the interaction between the mind and molecular matter, is credited with bringing MDMA into the field of psychotherapy as a potential form of treatment as well as creating over 200 psychoactive compounds. His mission? To improve on the psychedelic properties of existing psychedelics such as MDMA and diisopropyltryptamine (a derivative of DMT) to help treat various mental health disorders. Contrary to his meticulous chemical synthesis, his lax biological ‘studies’ would never allow his molecules to be developed into paradigm changing medicines. 

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