PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story


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PiHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved): A Chemical Love Story

by Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin and Ann Shulgin

From the Publisher:

Book I: The Love Story

Tells the tale of a psychopharmacologist and his wife/research partner, and recounts decades devoted to the creation and investigation of psychedelic drugs as tools for the study of the human mind. Altered state experiences are explored in the context of intimacy.

Book II: The Chemical Story

Describes in detail a wealth of phenethylamines:

– Synthesis and physical properties (in the format of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry).

– Structural correlates to human central nervous system activity.

– The dosages used and duration of effects observed.

– Commentary and speculation on why (for instance): Some which should have been active, are not; Some which should not have been active, are; Some are too toxic to determine activity; And some have yet to be tasted.

phen-ethyl-amine fen-’eth-al-a-,men

n. [phenyl fr. F. phene, fr. Gk. phainein, to show (from its occurrence in illuminating gas)+ ethyl (+ yl) + amine fr. NL ammonia]

1: A naturally occurring compound found in both the animal and plant kingdoms. It is an endogenous component of the human brain.

2: Any of a series of compounds containing the phenethylamine skeleton, and modified by chemical constituents at appropriate positions in the molecule.


Paperback: 978 pages
Publisher: Transform Press; First Edition edition (September 1991)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0963009605
ISBN-13: 978-0963009609
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds