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The Nature of Drugs
History, Pharmacology, and Social Impact
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Alexander Shulgin
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Transform Press / Synergetic Press
The Nature of Drugs begins with a deceptively simple question: What is a drug? "The definition of a drug is probably one of the most difficult of the lot. Some will be extremely narrow in the definition, requiring that it will be a chemical that is used for the treatment of some illness. Others will widen the scope to include anything and everything that in some way affects the living system. Often people will answer with that marvelous, marvelous, catch-all phrase, 'Well, you know what a drug is,' or 'Everyone knows what a drug is.'"

So what is a drug?

This is your invitation to "Just Say Know" and explore The Nature of Drugs with renowned chemist, Alexander Shulgin, in his San Francisco State University lecture hall in 1987. This book is a transcription of the original lectures recorded by Ann Shulgin during his classes, and stands as the culmination of his philosophy on drugs and the societal and individual freedoms pertaining to their use--both medicinal and exploratory. Volume One presents the origin of drugs, the history of U.S. drug law enforcement, human anatomy, the nervous system, drug administration methods, varieties of drug actions, memory and states of consciousness, and research methods.
"For those of us who were not fortunate enough to attend Sasha's classes, this book is a fantastic second chance to learn from a brilliant, principled, courageous, idealistic psychedelic chemist whose creations were molecules for psychotherapy, spirituality and celebration, to help humanity wake up and save ourselves." -- Rick Doblin, Executive Director of MAPS

Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin was undoubtedly one of the most pioneering chemists of this century. Completing his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1955. In 1966, he set up a home-based laboratory on his ranch in Lafayette, California, where he synthesized more than two hundred novel psychoactive compounds. A bold explorer of the frontiers of neurochemistry, Shulgin tested the majority of the substances he synthesized on himself, and then with his wife and co-researcher, Ann.