When chemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin died Monday night at the age of 88, his legacy was quickly summed up in three words: “Godfather of Ecstasy.” It’s the easiest characterization of the chemist because his ’70s-era synthesis of the Ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA) is the most well known of his work.
The “Godfather of Ecstasy” moniker has stuck so firmly to Shulgin because in the decades since his MDMA synthesis, the drug has vastly grown in importance. It’s no stretch to argue that without Shulgin’s synthesis of MDMA there would be no “summer of love” in England in 1988, no rave culture in the United States during the 1990s and certainly no staggering-in-size, billion dollar EDM (Electronic Dance Music) industry today.
Thanks for the fun times in my early 20s.
Thanks for the fun times last week.