Ann Shulgin, who explored psychedelics with her husband, dies at 91

The Gottliebs moved frequently: to Sicily and then to Trieste, Italy for a few years; Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Santiago, Cuba; and Windsor, Ontario. After Mr. Gottlieb retired, they settled in San Francisco, where Ann took art classes and worked as a medical transcriber.

She made her first psychedelic journey in the early 1960s at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. “We stopped and looked around us at the earth, the sky and each other, then I saw something forming in the air, just above the level of my head,” she recalled in Pihkal. “It was an opening in the moving spiral up there in the cool air, and I knew it was a door to the other side of existence.”

Her first three marriages ended in divorce. Dr. Shulgin died in 2014.. Together with his daughter Ms. 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 the second volume “TiHKAL: The Sequel” (1997). T stands for tryptamines, which include psilocybin and other hallucinogens.

While dr. Shulgin was primarily interested in drugs because of their ability to expand consciousness. Shulgin praised them for allowing people to look inside themselves.

Although she had no formal education, she considered herself a lay therapist in the Jungian tradition and incorporated ecstasy and other drugs into her practice to help her clients confront repressed emotions, memories, and self-esteem.

“MDMA is an epiphany drug.” she said in one interview. “This is its main function. Insight without self-hatred. It allows you to truly love yourself and appreciate who you are.”