03 Tuesday 03rd June 2014
The man known as the “Grandfather of ecstasy”, Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin, died aged 88 on June 2 after a battle with liver cancer, according to statements posted on his Facebook page and on the shulginresearch.org
Sasha died today, at exactly 5 o'clock in the afternoon. He was surrounded by family and caretakers and Buddhist meditation music, and his going was graceful, with almost no struggle at all.
Thanks to all of you, and Blessings,
Throughout his life, Shulgin synthesised and tried out hundreds of psychoactive chemicals, including everyone's favourite, MDMA – which as we all know, became known as the drug ecstasy.
“In 1976 Shulgin was introduced to MDMA by a graduate student in San Francisco”, DJ Mag has said
. “He developed a new synthesis method and passed the finished results to his therapist friend Leo Zeff. Zeff began using it for sessions with clients, and soon word spread about the effects of MDMA — or XTC — on people’s emotional states. As has been well documented, ecstasy then spread to the club culture in New York, Chicago, Ibiza, and then the UK and across Europe”.
Vice's Hamilton Morris went to meet Shulgin a few years ago and made this lil doc, enjoy:
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