‘Godfather of ecstasy’ Alexander Shulgin dies at 88

Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, who earned the nickname “Godfather of ecstasy” for developing a new method of synthesis for MDMA and introducing it to psychologists in the 1970s, died today from liver cancer. As The New York Times noted in a profile back in 2005, Shulgin’s work has been controversial in the scientific community, with many seeing his prolific work on psychedelics as problematic.

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