We are pleased to announce that the PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story E-Book and TiHKAL: The Continuation E-Book are available for purchase from Amazon!

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We are a niche publishing house     specializing in works on psychopharmacology, psychedelic drug research, and other material relating to psychoactive compounds, society, states of consciousness, and the individual.

Our company was founded in 1991 by renowned biochemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin and his wife Ann Shulgin to publish their now cult classic, PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story. Their intention to voice and share material on the nature of drugs, without censorship, remains the guiding spirit of our enterprise.

Through our preservation of Sasha’s written legacy and upcoming new publications we cultivate a unique hub for scholarship and public discourse on this vital and provocative aspect of human activity and interest.


The PiHKAL/TiHKAL Memorial Edition

This summer, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of PiHKAL and the creation of our company, Transform Press will release a combined collector’s edition of PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story and TiHKAL: The Continuation. Lovingly prepared by Joshua Marker along with a devoted team of Shulgin volunteers, this memorial publication features the original texts enhanced with complete errata, new essays, anecdotes, and reminiscences by numerous colleagues, previously unpublished photographs, and original art. Contributors include David Presti, Dale Pendell, Stan Grof, Michael and Ann Mithoefer, David Nichols, Jonathan Ott, and Rick Strassman, among many others. The publication will be available as both hard copy and ebook. A limited release hardcover slipcase edition is also forthcoming.

The project was originally planned as a retrospective to honor Sasha for his distinguished career. Though he did not live to receive it, it is a long overdue homage to his lifetime of achievement as an outstanding and original researcher in psychopharmacology and the unique impact he had on psychedelic inquiry.


Our second summer release, Forensic Toxicology, is based on Sasha’s lecture notes for the course he taught for many years in the UC Berkeley criminalistics program. The lectures focus on a comprehensive range of assays employed in assessing drug compounds as evidentiary items, the legal process of drug testing, and conclude with an advisory on providing expert testimony in court. The discussions are filled with Sasha’s characteristic humor, particularly in his descriptions of serving as an expert witness, and with his core views on the ethics of pharmacology, the law, and society. The material will be of greatest interest to students and professionals with a working knowledge of drug analyses and those engaged in the legal and forensic fields.



Our third forthcoming publication, The Nature of Drugs, is based on another Shulgin lecture series. The full text was transcribed from the original lecture tapes recorded at SFSU in 1987 and will be published in three consecutive volumes. Volume I, to be released in the winter of 2016, covers the first third of the course and presents Sasha’s views on the origin of drugs, the history of U.S. drug law enforcement, human anatomy, the nervous system, the range of drug administrations, varieties of drug actions, memory and states of consciousness, and research methods. The discussions in Volume I lay the groundwork for Sasha’s philosophy on psychopharmacology and society, what defines a drug, the nature of a person’s relationship with a given compound, and for extensive examinations of dozens of compounds in Volumes II and III, slated for release in 2017 and 2018. The Nature of Drugs is the story of humanity’s relationship with psychoactive substances from the perspective of a master psychopharmacologist and will enthrall anyone intrigued by this subject.

All three volumes will feature original watercolor images of plant sources discussed throughout the course. These stunning paintings were commissioned by Transform Press from the botanical artist, Donna Torres, especially for this publication.

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