Alexander Shulgin, “Godfather of Ecstasy,” Dead at 88

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RIP Alexander Shulgin – dead at 88.

He spent three decades synthesizing new psychedelic drugs in his California backyard lab, and he was credited with creating more than 100 previously unknown psychoactive compounds, but he was best known for a drug he didn’t invent:


Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, who in the 1970s rescued the circa-1912 pharmaceutical from obscurity by suggesting it would be viable for mental therapy, died yesterday at the age of 88, the organization Erowid announced:

The former Dow Chemical Co. research chemist synthesized drugs with the approval of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which gave him a license to analyze narcotics so that he could be an expert witness.

He said he invented more than 150 drugs while he also worked a day job as a scientific consultant after leaving Dow.

via Sasha Shulgin, “Godfather of Ecstasy,” Dead at 88 | The Informer | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly.

6 Comments on "Alexander Shulgin, “Godfather of Ecstasy,” Dead at 88"

  1. jimpliciter | Jun 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm |

    Lets hope he’s not the last of his kind. RIP.

  2. JohnFrancisBittrich | Jun 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm |

    Thanks for the 2C family, Sasha. Some wild experiences with those.

    • SusieBartlettedo | Jun 4, 2014 at 7:42 am |

      as Thelma
      explained I cannot believe that a stay at home mom can make $7420 in four weeks
      on the internet . more info here R­e­x­1­0­.­C­O­M­

  3. Number1Framer | Jun 4, 2014 at 12:45 am |

    Alpha-methyltryptamine – AMT: “The Rolls Royce of the tryptamine family.” 🙂 There’s also a film readily available on YouTube about Shulgin called “Dirty Pictures.”

  4. RIP.

    MDMA is fun but I only have done it a hand full times because I dont want the serious brain damage longer term use can cause. Back when I was in the military in Washington state this dude In my barracks was selling Molly’s for cheap that he was getting from B.C., oh man crazy times ha.

  5. Damien Quinn | Jun 4, 2014 at 7:32 am |

    This man deserves the laurels for so many things, as far as I’m concerned he’s the Newton of recreational drug use, a sad loss for mankind.

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