Crowley's mescaline preparations?
A few years back one of my clients was Pfizer and I had to do some extensive research into their acquisitions. One of them was reputedly the lab which prepared mescaline tinctures for AC, but their name escapes me entirely. Does anyone know the actual source off hand?
It's probably in one or other of the biographies, but without looking it up and relying on my (admittedly faulty and getting elderly) memory, was it DuPont?
Norma N Joy Conquest
My first stop was Detroit, where Parke Davis were charming and showed me over their wonderful chemical works. They had installed countless and ingenious devices for conduction the processes involved in manufacture by machinery. Many of these produced effects of exquisite beauty of a land till then dreamed of in my philosophy. A great mass of pills in a highly polished and rapidly revolving receiver was infinitely fascinating to watch. The spheres tumbled over each other with a rhythmical rise and fall in a rhythm which sang to the soul.
They were kind enough to interest themselves in my researches in Anhalonium Lewinii and made me some special preparations on the lines indicated by my experience which proved greatly superior to previous preparations. [p. 768, Confessions]
@ignant666 That's it. Thanks.
Interestingly enough, they also had a role in popularizing birth control pills. Wonder what Crowley would have made of that.
Yes, thanx ignant for correcting me there. Can't win 'em all! It was a shame nothing further ever came of things
They [...] made me some special preparations on the lines indicated by my experience which proved greatly superior to previous preparations.
That might have changed the whole lie of the land in terms of pioneering pre-war psychoactive medication & consciousness expansion for the future, years ahead of Huxley, Leary et al...
Yours, in my incipient dotage
Does anyone know the actual source off hand?
He mentioned going to see some company (in or near Chicago) which I believe was Parke-Davis. Tentative memory recall, subject to error.
My first stop was Detroit, where Parke Davis
You are closer to Detroit. Please call P-D and arrange for our tour.
these produced effects of exquisite beauty of a land till then dreamed of in my philosophy.
You surely have heard the phrase, "Kid in a candy shop?"
Crowley's pharmacist ,Whineray, prepared the first tincture of mescaline that he tried. Here is a Masters Thesis, written by Patrick Everitt at the University Of Amsterdam, about Crowley's use of mescaline for magical purposes:
@frater-r Thanks for the link. But a pharmacist named Whineray. Do you have any idea how incredibly AMAZING that name is?
Steven Mancuzzi, you can read The Pharmacy of Hashish, by E. Whineray, M.P.S., in The Equinox Vol I, No 1, p.233.