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Pihkal by Alexander Shulgin
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Aug 03, 2010

it was amazing

An engaging account of a chemist and his partner, written in three parts. First, by the chemist, second, by his partner, third, an account from both on their journey through scientific testing of lab created psychedelic substances. The second half of the substantial book is a chemical reference, with qualitative observations included.

While no one should ever push the use of psychedelics on another due to the extreme personal nature of the reactions, those who contemplate the experience would have an insightful guide in this work to navigating the myriad states and revelations likely to express themselves. A true tome of knowledge in this area so tightly regulated as to be feared out of ignorance and conditioning. And mixed within is a poignant story of love and struggle, as beautifully written by the chemist's partner Ann. I personally devoured that third of the story, fascinated and taken in by her writing and expression.
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Reading Progress

August 3, 2010 – Started Reading
August 3, 2010 – Shelved
August 17, 2010 –
page 148
August 18, 2010 –
page 334
August 18, 2010 –
page 334
August 21, 2010 – Finished Reading

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