By Alexander Shulgin
and Ann Shulgin
Foreword by Daniel M. Perrine
Publication Date: 1997
trypt-amine \ ‘trip-ta-,men \ n. [tryptophan fr. tryptic, fr. trypsin, fr. Gk. tryein, to wear down (from its occurence in pancreatic juice as a proteolytic enzyme) + amine fr. NL ammonia] 1: A naturally occurring compound found in both the animal and plant kingdoms. It is an endogenous component of the human brain. 2: Any of a series of compounds containing the tryptamine skeleton, and modified by chemical constituents at appropriate positions in the molecule.
Book I: The Story Continues
This is the continuation of the love story from PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story with a blend of travel, botanical facts, scientific speculation, psychological and political commentary.
Book II: The Chemistry Continues
Describes in detail a wealth of tryptamines in the same format as Book II of PIHKAL, plus appendices presenting topics such as cactus alkaloids, natural beta-carbolines, current drug law, and all known tryptamines (from the literature) that might be psychedelic.
“Most readers of this book will likely belong to that unusual set […] who need no convincing of the value of psychedelic drugs. There will be others—not in the choir, not even in the congregation of true believers—who will greet this book’s birthing with bafflement, shock, or even anger.”
— Daniel M. Perrine, Loyola College
“This book not only reveals how psychoactives can be synthesized, but also how they can be extracted from so many ordinary plants that the means for psychedelic exploration can never be controlled again. The genie is out of the bottle and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men cannot put it back again.”
— Nicholas Saunders, London
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