May 7

THE NATURE OF A CLASS WITH SASHA

Sasha in his labI’m excited that people will soon get a taste of what it was like to be in the classroom with Sasha. Coming out in early June, our new book The Nature of Drugs: History, Pharmacology, and Social Impact is based on transcripts from the fall semester of 1987 when he was teaching his popular pharmacology course at San Francisco State University.

I consider myself fortunate because I was able to sit in on some of those classes. It was a lesson in how to let information absorb really quickly. Sasha was notorious for going a bit too fast when he lectured, especially if one was not completely familiar with the subject that he was talking about.

In the book, one of the stories...

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Mar 22

Ann Shulgin turns 90 this March 22nd, 2021!

Ann Shulgin 2020 adaptedIt’s Ann’s birthday today!

I'm very happy to announce that my mother Ann is doing really well. In fact, as you can see in the photo (taken by Tania Manning), she is creating new material to publish a third volume in the PiHKAL and TiHKAL series. She kept very busy during the difficult, yearlong Covid-19 lockdown, going through old files of long-forgotten pieces that she wrote years ago, as well as other pieces of Sasha's writing. We don't know what the new book will be called yet, as it has a long way to go before it's ready for publication. Nonetheless, it's been wonderful to gather these untold stories and put them all together.

Ann also has been working on a book due...

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Sep 11

Psychedelic Chemistry Cookbooks Reissued In Stunning Boxed Set

The iconic personal inside story of Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin’s invention of more than 200 psychoactive drugs, updated with essays and photographs from psychedelic luminaries, including Jon Hanna and David Presti.

The Commemorative Edition of PiHKAL and TiHKAL: Paperback
The Commemorative Edition of PiHKAL and TiHKAL: Hardcover

memorial edition PiHKAL TiHKAL fullThe Commemorative Edition of PiHKAL and TiHKAL by Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin. Transform Press, 2018. 2,102 pages. Paperback, $100.00, ISBN-10: 0-9630096-6-4, ISBN-13: 978-0-9630096-6-1. Hardcover, $200.00, ISBN-10: 0-9995472-0-8, ISBN-13: 978-0-9995472-0-5.

September 11, 2018 (Lafayette, California) - PiHKAL and TiHKAL, the...

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Nov 16

Press Release and Media Availability

For immediate release: November 17, 2017

Contact: Craig Noble, (415) 601-8235,

New Book Takes Psychedelic Psychotherapy out of Clinical Trials and into Practice

Author Draws on Three Decades of Experience to Offer Practical How-To Guide for Psychotherapists and Patients

Psychedelic Psychotherapy: A User-friendly Guide for Psychedelic Drug-assisted Psychotherapy by R. Coleman. Transform Press, 2017. 153 pages. Paperback. $32.50. ISBN-13: 978-0-9630096-5-4.

November 17, 2017 (Lafayette, California)—Coming on the heels of the FDA’s recent decision to grant Breakthrough Therapy Designation for MDMA for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder...

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Jan 27

PiHKAL/TiHKAL Memorial Edition: Excerpt from Stan Grof’s Remembrance of Sasha Shulgin

StanGrof Psychedelics may not be the first thing you think of upon hearing the name Stanislav Grof. However, Grof’s association with Sasha Shulgin should come as no surprise considering that this renowned psychiatrist has spent more than 50 years researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Grof is best known as a founding father of transpersonal psychology, which is defined as “the study of humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness" (Lajoie, D. H. and Shapiro, S. I. “Definitions of Transpersonal Psychology: The First...

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Jan 9

PiHKAL/TiHKAL Memorial Edition: Evaluating the Potency of New Psychoactive Drugs

SashaNew editions are an opportunity to correct minor errors or typos and set the record straight on small issues. We are deeply indebted to Isomer Design for their careful errata in the chemistry sections of both PiHKAL and TiHKAL, which they graciously allowed us to include in the new memorial edition. These were conducted with great care—for example, mistakes are crossed out and corrections placed in line, so that alterations are clear. The result is much like a well-maintained lab notebook. Thank you, Isomer Design! 

One other thoughtful emendation came from Jon Hanna, who pointed out that “The Shulgin Scale” for evaluating the potency of new psychoactive drugs was...

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Dec 20

TiHKAL/PiHKAL Memorial Edition: Meet the Editor

JMarker photoHow did I get here?

The last thing I remember, I was saying that “someone” should put together a memorial edition of Ann and Sasha’s works PiHKAL and TiHKAL as a benefit for them, like an art retrospective or academic festschrift. Perhaps I got too specific when I suggested that they use photos from Sasha’s enormous archives or that people would love to see photos of his laboratory, or when I offhandedly suggested that surely the psychedelic luminaries of his generation would be happy to contribute.

If you say “someone” should do something too many times, people will start assuming you’re going to do it yourself. And so I find myself here two years later with...

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Dec 6

Vibrata Chromodoris: A Creative Force Behind Transform Press

color4C3 Transform Press is very fortunate to be working with a talented, dedicated artist and graphic designer named Vibrata Chromodoris. Vibrata brings a unique skill set, vision, and familiarity with the psychedelic community that is a perfect fit for our mission to preserve and publish the Shulgins’ legacy of research and to inspire societal transformation. We hope that by sharing the following interview with Vibrata you will join in our excitement and enthusiasm for her contributions to our enterprise.

Wendy: Hi, Vibrata. Thanks for joining us. Can you please explain your role at Transform Press?
Vibrata: Yes. Thank you, Wendy. First, I designed the Transform Press website....

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Nov 29

A Second Sneak Peek at the PiHKAL / TiHKAL Memorial Edition

Transform Press is pleased to offer a second sneak peek at new bonus material that will be published in the forthcoming PiHKAL / TiHKAL memorial edition. Last month we posted photos of Ann and Sasha in their earlier days. Now we have an excerpt from one of the essays written exclusively for this edition.

One thing that has stood out to me as I have read the reminiscences of so many people who loved Sasha—including the essay excerpted below—is the frequent mention of his unwavering personal morality.

While most of Sasha’s writing is full of a sort of whimsy, I think the quiet firmness of his political and moral opinions is clear. For example, in Appendix B of TiHKAL...

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Aug 9

Transform Press - "Spiral" Excerpt

Spiral galaxyTransform Press’s first publication of 2016 should be an exciting event for Shulgin readers, both new and old. It will be a special four-volume memorial edition of PiHKAL and TiHKAL, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the original publication of PiHKAL. This special edition will include the original text of both books plus new bonus material. Leading up to the publication, we will post excerpts of both original and new material here on the Transform Press website.

Both books were originally labeled as fiction. However, the truth is that they are mostly factual; they tell a true story, but almost all names have been changed, and (using one of my favorite movie credit...

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