Date
26 September 2017
Alexander Shulgin invented a method to extract the purest form of the drug ecstasy and became famous for it. Photo: The Independent
Alexander Shulgin invented a method to extract the purest form of the drug ecstasy and became famous for it. Photo: The Independent

Godfather of ecstasy dies, 88

Alexander Shulgin, who introduced the world to the drug ecstasy in 1976, has died after losing his battle with cancer. He was 88.

Shulgin earned the title “Godfather of Ecstasy” after developing a method for synthesizing the purest form of the psychedelic drug. He became famous for producing and testing 200 types of the drug.

In today’s legal climate, there is no way Shulgin could reproduce his work of the 1960s, Britain’s The Independent reported Thursday, citing Vice magazine’s Hamilton Morris who met Shulgin and his wife in 2010.

Shulgin’s ecstasy entered the mainstream after he passed it to his therapist friend Leo Zeff, who began using the drug during sessions with clients.

The drug soon found its way into the club culture in New York and Chicago, hitting the shores of Ibiza in Spain, before finally landing in Britain, the report said.   

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