Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story
This book contains two parts. The first part is a personal story of exploration by the renowned chemist Alexander Shulgan. The second part is even more interesting - it is a summery of years and years of psychadelic research on phenthalamines. Each chemical contains information on it's synthesis, dosage, effects, and commentary. Shulgan explored the known phenthalamines, then produced HUNDREDS of completely new chemicals and analogs in his quest to explore a class of chemicals that ranges from mescaline to MDMA (ecstacy).
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“Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story” has shown me great inspiration into why I do things, as well as my hope to understand the consciousness. As I am sure many of you may know this book well, the first part is a story about how two people became in love with one another and how different types of chemicals helped them deal with anything from midlife crises to chronic depression. They describe experiences that no psychologist could excrete from the subconscious psych with any of Freud’s tools for free association, however still supporting a lot of his theories.
Very different from the first part of the book is the chemical story or second part. Its really not much of a read unless you specifically want to know about a type of drug and its effects, as its more a list of notes on how the chemical was processed and the outcomes. Still an interesting and informative section to not be over looked.
The book in whole has given me a respect for the psychedelic community and uses that I would have not had before, and the knowledge that if used in the correct situations (not as a party drug or escape drug)as any helpful drug, can have a positive dramatic effect on ones life. They seem to truly show the inner self. This book has also been great for my different research as I one aspect of my research is to try to correlate dreaming (lucid and non-lucid) with psychedelic experiences (more on this at a later time). I still don’t condone use of psychedelics if they are considered illegal in your state or country, but hopefully someday they will allowed to be administered by psychologist in controlled involvements to help people like they have been before.
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