Ann Shulgin, who discovered hallucinations with her husband, dies aged 91
The Gotliebs moved frequently: to Sicily, then several years later in Trieste, Italy; Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Santiago, Cuba; and Windsor, Ontario. After Mr. Gotlieb retired, they settled in San Francisco, where Ann took art classes and worked as a medical scribe.
She took her first psychedelic trip in the early 1960s, at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. “We stopped and looked around the earth, the sky and each other, then I saw something form in the air, a little above my head,” she recalls in “PiHKAL.” “It’s a moving spiral that opens, up there in the cool air, and I know it’s a door to the other side of existence.”
Her first three marriages all ended in divorce. Dr. Shulgin passed away in 2014. Along with her daughter Tucker, she is survived by another daughter, Alice Garofalo; two sons, Christopher McRee and Brian Perry; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
After the success of “PiHKAL”, the couple wrote a second volume, “TiHKAL: Continuity” (1997). T stands for tryptamines, which include psilocybin and other hallucinogens.
While Dr. Shulgin is primarily interested in drugs for their cognitive expansion, Ms. Shulgin appreciates them for allowing people to introspect.
Although she has no formal training, she considers herself an onsite therapist in the Jungian tradition, and she incorporates Ecstasy and other medications in her practice as a way to help clients clients face repressed emotions, memories, and self-impressions.
“MDMA is an intensive drug,” she said in an interview. “That is its main function. Wise without self-hatred. It allows you to truly love yourself and appreciate what you have.”