By Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin
Foreword by David E. Nichols
Publication Date: 1991
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!