The Shulgins
Dirty Pictures

July 7 2013

A documentary about refreshingly open-minded scientists, growing old but staying curious and a beautiful love story. Oh wait… and psychoactive substances.

‘Dirty Pictures’ is a documentary about Dr. Alexander Sasha Shulgin, the rogue chemist who discovered the effects of MDMA (aka Ecstasy) and over 200 other mind-altering drugs. Shulgin’s alchemy has earned him the title ‘The Godfather of Psychedelics’, and a reputation as one of the great chemists of the 20th century.

Working from a lab in his home, and using himself and his wife Ann as test subjects, Shulgin’s discoveries have brought him into conflict with the law but made him a worldwide underground hero. The two books they co-authored, Pihkal and Tihkal, have built a foundation for cutting-edge neuroscience and medical research. Dirty Pictures examines the impact of Dr. Shulgin’s lifelong quest to unlock the complexities of the human mind.

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