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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88 164 164

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin, the chemist, pharmacologist and author known for popularizing the drug MDMA as well as creating and synthesizing hundreds of psychoactive drugs, has died aged 88. Shulgin was known for discovering, creating and personally testing hundreds of psychoactive chemicals and documenting the results, along with his wife, in his books and papers. He is also known for introducing the positive aspects of MDMA to psychologists, which in term helped it become a popular recreational drug in the 1980s." With less irritation from auto-playing video sound, try the BBC.
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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

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  • by mugetsu37 (1485997) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @01:28PM (#47157423)
    He also wrote two books on these experiments, Pihkal and Tihkal, both of which are part fictional autobiography, part detailed instructions on how to synthesize a lot of what he discovered. They're interesting reads, at the least.
  • MDMA: Empathy (Score:5, Informative)

    by digsbo (1292334) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @02:26PM (#47158137)
    Too bad fear rules all. MDMA was highly effective in couples therapy, leading to years of progress in hours.
  • Re:It's just sad... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @07:19PM (#47160709)

    Some people find the drug that fucks them up real good, and its THAT drug thats bad. Except for some other dude its perfectly fine.

    I know a guy who closed himself up after a bad trip on LSD became a shallow husk of himself, another women who after a month or two on Pot went crazy (literally).
    And me. i had severe paranoia attacks on Meth and consequently E (which are mostly Meth and MDMA an sometimes a little LSD for good measure).

    I can onyl speak for myself here... I was a loner and a nerd, found a group of friends and we all did drugs together. Pot, LSD, E's, Meth, Coke.. My favorite was LSD and E, but i noticed that over a period of a few years i became more and more paranoid when i took Meth and E, but i didnt stop because its what we did. every weekend out partying doing lots of drugs. It was a blast until it became a bad trip EVERY time.
    Still i did not stop, until one day it fucked me up real good! I became so paranoid i could not leave the house, thought every one was out to get me and all that standard bullshit lol
    Thankfully that mostly went away with time, several years in fact.

    But i was no victim of "bad drugs", i chose this. all of it, even if i was a stupid kid who didnt know shit.

    And if you think im a naysayer i should tell you i still smoke Pot whenever i can, and i even do Meth now and then.
    And if i ever get my hands on som Shrooms or LSD il take those too!

    Does this mean im a drug addict? Or am i just using the tools that are available to me, so that i can see/do/think things one normally would not be able to do in the "normal" state? I choose to think the latter.

    The lesson to take from this, for anyone who cares to read it is this: Do your drug(s) in moderation, and at least try to take a break now and then. You body and your brain will thank you!

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