The Netherlands, 1994. I wrapped the foil of a white and blue book with anticipation. This precious book had finally found its way to me and I could not wait to see if it was all that I suspected it to be. The book listed over 180 powerful drugs and exactly what these did. Written by the man who brought us MDMA. Surely the book would be stuffed with gems that could be as revolutionary as MDMA was to society. It felt as if it was my birthday.
Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved (PIHKAL) turned out even better. I read it again and again. Analyzing the data of each drug, cross referencing, comparing notes about the relationship between molecular structure and drug effects.
It was great to read about dose, effect, side effect, etc for each drug and cross reference that to the molecular structures to analogs in various drug classes.
On a global level the book off course lead to widespread appreciation and creation of various research chemicals. The availability of research chemicals allowed me to embark on adventures beyond belief. These bioessays made the drug index all the more interactive and interesting.
Sasha's eye for detail and humor did not only make (neuro)chemistry and neuropharmacology fun It made it compelling.
Sasha Shulgin showcased a form of pragmatic approach to drug information that was lacking in the world.
The title of the book referred to the book itself to me, because I knew and loved the book to pieces. Literally. I read this index of drug data in the same manner as I read drugs-forum now. In fact, this was the seed. It is not without reason that the colors of Drugs-Forum are blue and white.
Years later an online drug index named erowid appeared. I can only suspect that someone else was affected by PIHKAL and other drug indexes in a similar way as I was.
Soon after the Hive appeared. An online drug chemistry community which gave great consideration to the work of Shulgin. I was hooked instantly into this brilliant interactive drug chemistry site.
When I started DF, I knew what I had in mind: A comprehensive drug index which allows people to quickly find all needed drug data and experiences of others to make an informed decision.
Over the years, so many of Sasha's research chemicals have been banned without scientific grounds. Simply because not much was known about these research chemicals and then the modus operandi of governments often is to ban because... well its a drug.
So here you have a little background of where Drugs-Forum is coming from.
It also reveals a little on where Drugs-Forum is going. Good things are coming. I hope you will jump on board and embark on this new journey with me.