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The Godfather of E 'Dirty Pictures' - Full Film-
The "Love Drug"

Alexandra Bruce
June 14, 2014

This cheeky and amusing documentary delves into the lifework of Dr. Alexander Shulgin (June 17, 1925 - June 2, 2014), an American medicinal chemist, biochemist, pharmacologist, psychopharmacologist and author.

Although Shulgin discovered, synthesized and personally bioassayed over 230 psychoactive compounds, he is most well-known for introducing a drug which he did not invent, MDMA (popularly known as "Ecstasy") to psychologists in the late 1970s, for psychopharmaceutical use.

MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by Merck labs in Germany, where its molecular structure was shelved because there was no conceivable use for it, at that time.

After Germany's defeat in World War One, all of that nation's patents were turned over to the Allies, as war booty but the instructions for the synthesis of MDMA remained shelved for several decades, until the CIA's Project MKULTRA resurrected it from obscurity and it explored its use as a weapon to control the minds of the Enemy.

Shulgin began studying organic chemistry as a Harvard University scholarship student, at the age of 16. In 1943, he dropped out of school to join the US Navy, to fight in World War Two.

After the War, he returned to his hometown of Berkeley, California, and earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1954 and went on to complete post-doctoral work in the fields of psychiatry and pharmacology.

After working at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a Research Director for a brief period, he began work at Dow Chemical Company as a Senior Research Chemist, where he developed Zectran, a powerful pesticide and the first that was biodegradable, which proved very profitable for that corporation.

It was during this period that he had a series of psychedelic experiences that helped to shape his further goals and research in psychedelics.

Similarly to LSD, MDMA was largely determined to have a psychotherapeutic use, under controlled conditions. In the early 1960s, serious psychiatrists described the effects of MDMA as similar to receiving "a year of psychotherapy in six hours."

Shulgin eventually quit working at Dow and obtained a license from the DEA to experiment with psychedelics and in 1988, he authored a then-definitive law enforcement reference book on controlled substances, and received several awards from the DEA.

In 1994, After a positive 15-year relationship with the DEA, his experimental license was revoked, in response to his two subsequent books of, which were acronyms for 'Phenethylamines and Tryptamines I Have Known And Loved,' described by the DEA as "cookbooks on how to make illegal drugs."

He reported personal revelations that "had been brought about by a fraction of a gram of a white solid, but that in no way whatsoever could it be argued that these memories had been contained within the white solid...I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit. We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it
is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability."

Shulgin passed away just two weeks ago, at home and in bed, surrounded by friends and family, at the age of 88.

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