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.


From Sasha Shulgin’s course at SFSU:

The Nature of Drugs: History, Pharmacology, and Social Impact

Now Available!

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


eBooks are now available for download directly from Transform Press! Available in two formats for your device: MOBI and ePub.

PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story

TIHKAL: The Continuation

PSYCHEDELIC PSYCHOTHERAPY: A User Friendly Guide to Psychedelic Drug Assisted Psychotherapy

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.

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We are a niche publishing house     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.



Forensic Toxicology is based on Sasha’s lecture notes for the course he taught for many years in the UC Berkeley criminalistics program. The lectures focus on a comprehensive range of assays employed in assessing drug compounds as evidentiary items, the legal process of drug testing, and conclude with an advisory on providing expert testimony in court. The discussions are filled with Sasha’s characteristic humor, particularly in his descriptions of serving as an expert witness, and with his core views on the ethics of pharmacology, the law, and society. The material will be of greatest interest to students and professionals with a working knowledge of drug analyses and those engaged in the legal and forensic fields.

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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