Ann Shulgin Memorial Service

The memorial service for Ann Shulgin was in Berkeley on July 9th, ’23, the one year anniversary of her death.

We celebrated and honored her in a big way!
We’d like to give a wholehearted Thank You to the BCSP (, CIIS (, and to Meihong Xu for sponsoring and supporting the memorial service for Ann. They made it possible to hold the celebration at the Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
Also, Thank You to Mariavittoria Mangini, Bob Jesse, Dusty Yao, David Presti, Russell Thomas, Sonia Lub, the Teahouse, the WVC (, and all of the people who volunteered to help that day. It takes a village.
It was a beautiful event!

Pre-memorial slideshow

Memorial Service

Nature of Drugs Volume II Now Available!

New book! Now shipping!

So, what is a drug?

This is your invitation to “Just Say Know” and explore The Nature of Drugs with renowned chemist Alexander Shulgin in his San Francisco State University lecture hall in 1987. Picking up where Volume One left off, this book is a continuation of Sasha’s original lectures recorded by Ann Shulgin during his classes, and stands as the culmination of his philosophy on drugs and the societal and individual freedoms pertaining to their use—both medicinal and exploratory. Here he dives deep into the specific categories of drugs including stimulants, depressants, intoxicants, deliriants, and psychedelics; their chemical makeup and actions; the cultural history of tobacco and alcohol use; the mechanics of drug testing; and more, all with his signature humor and vast wisdom.


The Nature of Drugs, Volume One audiobook

Now available from Transform Press!

Take a trip back in time. Discover the Nature of Drugs, as taught by the “Godfather of Psychedelics.” Listen to audio clips from the original recordings of Sasha Shulgin’s college lectures and immerse yourself in the classroom experience. It’s psychedelic history!

Listen to a sample clip from The Nature of Drugs audiobook.

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What a wonderful poem! We, of course, particularly love the 25th Stanza:“May we bioassay phenethylamines
as Sasha Shulgin taught us” #drugs #psychedelics #magicmushrooms #shulgin #phenethylamines

Please help us complete the Shulgin Archive. Through the end of September, donations of $20-$500 to any @Erowid project—including the Shulgin Archive—will be matched!#shulgin #psychedelic #drugs #psychedelics

Wow! #drugs #psychedelics #DMT #magicmushrooms #psilocybin #mescaline #DrugPolicy #druglegalization #California #SB58


Now Available!

Digital Version
This is volume one of three, directly transcribed from recordings of Sasha’s class that he taught in 1987. The course is on what drugs are, how they work, how they are processed by the body, and how they affect our society, and features Sasha’s engaging lecture style peppered with illuminating anecdotes and amusing asides.

“Legendary chemist, nuanced psychonaut of molecular structure-activity relations, deep thinker on issues of societal policy, engaging storyteller, inspirational teacher, and all-around good human being — Sasha Shulgin takes us on an alchemical educational journey as if we were sitting there as students in the class from which this text arose. What a gift!” — David E. Presti

Ann Shulgin passed away on July 9, 2022. You can read her obituary here.

News Alert! Read the first 24 pages of the book that Psychedelics Today calls “the portrait of a courageous, beautiful soul.” Lucid News says “nearly every page is a treasure trove of fascinating facts and stories.”

Missed the City Lights symposium inspired by Sasha’s new book The Nature of Drugs? Click here to see videos of all five panels.

specializing in works on psychopharmacology, psychedelic drug research, and other material relating to psychoactive compounds, society, states of consciousness, and the individual.

Our company was founded in 1991 by renowned biochemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin and his wife Ann Shulgin to publish their now cult classic, PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story. Their intention to voice and share material on the nature of drugs, without censorship, remains the guiding spirit of our enterprise.

Through our preservation of Sasha’s written legacy and upcoming new publications we cultivate a unique hub for scholarship and public discourse on this vital and provocative aspect of human activity and interest.

We are very excited to announce that Transform Press has signed a
co-publishing deal with Synergetic Press!
To read about this brilliant alliance please click on this link:

With this merger also comes a change in our distribution for Bookstores.
Transform Press books are now distributed through Publishers Group West.
Bookstores, please contact us if you need more information.

Work Of Thomas Ray

Tom Ray has video presentations on the YouTube channel here:
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There is new work and new information, check it out!

In a 1996 interview in Mexico Alexander Shulgin said, “I’m looking for tools that can be used for studying the mind, and other people then will use the tools in finding out the aspects of the mental process and how it ties to the brain. But my main drive is a tool maker, making of tools, and letting other people exploit them.” Tom Ray is one of the “other people” that Sasha refers to, and this is why we feel that his work is a part of Sasha’s legacy. 

We are proud to have Tom Ray’s work on the Transform Press website. 

He has PDFs and a PowerPoint to download, and coming very soon a video presentation of his work for you to view. All of this is a gift from him to those who are curious, and who want to expand their ideas of how the mind works. His research is thorough and detailed, and he breaks it down to make it easy for anyone who is interested in this field to understand. You will find Tom’s work under the Publications tab. Enjoy!

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