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

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

By Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin
Foreword by David E. Nichols
Publication Date: 1991
ISBN: 0-9630096-0-5
ISBN13: 978-0-9630096-0-9


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]

PIHKAL Book I: The Love Story

PIHKAL is 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.

PIHKAL 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.

PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story was Ann and Sasha’s first book. Originally published in 1991, PIHKAL has now over 20 reprints and has been translated into Spanish, German, and other languages are in the works!

“PIHKAL is a compelling novel…psychedelic biochemistry and sexual chemistry…brisk and vivid writing.”
– Marilyn Ferguson, author of “The Aquarian Conspiracy.”

“They have written a book…PIHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved)…that is part autobiography, part metaphysical guidebook, and part cookbook.”
– Howard Rheingold, editor of Whole Earth Review.

“PIHKAL is science at its best…”
– Bradley Lenz, Ph.D., Research Fellow in the History of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“This courageous and compelling book…provides a marvelous glimpse of altered states of consciousness…”
– Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University.

“Some day in the future, when it may again be acceptable to use chemical tools to study the mind, this book will be a treasure-house, a sort of sorcerer’s book of spells, to delight and enchant the psychiatrist/shaman of tomorrow.”
– David Nichols, Ph.D., Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Purdue University.
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