Ann Shulgin (Laura Ann Gotlieb born 22 March 1931) is an American psychotherapist, researcher and the wife (widow) of American chemist, psychopharmacologist and researcher Alexander Shulgin (1925-2014).
Ann Shulgin worked with psychedelics such as MDMA and 2C-B in therapeutic settings while they were still legal. She has unique and valuable insights into the beneficial effects psychedelics can have in therapeutic contexts. In her writings she accentuates the potential these drugs have from a Jungian psychoanalytic perspective.
Ann continues to speak at conferences about the healing potential of MDMA and psychedelics and has continued to advocate the use of psychedelics in therapeutic contexts and research.
Together with her husband she has authored the books PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story – Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved (1991) and TiHKAL: The Continuation – Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved (1997) and she is working on Book Three in that series. Ann Shulgin has also contributed to the books Thanatos to Eros: 35 Years of Psychedelic Exploration; Entheogens and the Future of Religion, Manifesting Minds: A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality and many more.
Betty Grover Eisner Ph.D. (September 29, 1915 – July 1, 2004) was an American psychologist known for pioneering the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs as adjuncts to psychotherapy.
Betty Eisner was a clinical psychologist who was part of the group of LSD researchers active in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 60s.
Eisner conducted early research into the use of LSD to treat alcoholism. Eisner worked with LSD, mescaline, amphetamine and ketamine with her patients. However, her interest in finding new tools for psychotherapy was not limited to drugs. Eisner was particularly focused on extra-pharmacological variables she felt influenced the outcome of psychotherapeutic sessions. Eisner described the psychotherapeutic importance of a variable she called ‘matrix.’ This term encompassed the everyday living space and larger social context.
She served on the Board of Advisors for the Albert Hofmann Foundation before her death in 2004. Her publications and personal correspondence are archived at Stanford University. In 2002,
Eisner wrote an unpublished autobiographical account of her career entitled “Remembrances of LSD Therapy Past”.
Author of the book: The Unused Potential of Marriage and Sex (1970).
Julie Holland (born on December 13, 1965) is an American psychiatrist, researcher, harm reductionist and drug expert who spends most of her professional life investigating drug related behaviour and phenomena.
She is a psychiatrist specialized in psychopharmacology. While in college, Holland wrote an extensive research paper on MDMA.
Holland is the medical monitor for two therapeutic studies (MDMA and cannabis) examining the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in US war veterans. Julie is a university lecturer and has appeared regularly as a drug and behaviour expert on CNN, National Geographic, Fox, VH1 and MTV. J. Holland received the Norman Zinberg Award for Medical Excellence in 2011 and the National Institute of Health Outstanding Resident Award in 1994.
Holland is the author of the following books: Moody Bitches – The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy (2015); The Pot Book – A Complete Guide to Cannabis (2010); Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER; Ecstasy – The Complete Guide, A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA (2001).
María Sabina (July 22, 1894 – November 23, 1985) was a Mexican curandera (Shaman) who practiced healing based on the use of psilocybin mushrooms.
María Sabina was the first contemporary Mexican curandera to allow Westerners to participate in the healing ceremony known as the velada.
In 1955, the US ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson visited María Sabina, and participated in a velada and collected fungus spores, which he identified as Psilocybe mexicana. Its primary ingredient, psilocybin, was isolated by a chemist, Albert Hofmann in 1958. By 1967 many people from the Western world went there after reading “Seeking the Magic Mushroom”, a 1957 Life magazine article written by Wasson. Many celebrities were rumoured to have visited Sabina, including rock stars such as Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
As the community was besieged by Westerners, Sabina attracted attention from the Mexican police. The unwanted attention altered the social dynamics of the community and soon Sabina was ostracized from her community. Later in her life, María Sabina became bitter about her misfortunes. She also felt that the ceremony of the velada had been irredeemably desecrated and polluted by the hedonistic use of the mushrooms.
Edited by: Davor Smilanov