Absinthe’s Mind-Altering Mystery Solved

Yeah, after serving this at a party a while back, I can concur, it’s just really damn strong. And it goes down too smooth (if you like the taste). The other side effect that some say is there is a stimulant, but that may just be the sugar that you add in serving. I

From Yahoo:

An analysis of century-old bottles of absinthe – the kind once quaffed by the likes of van Gogh and Picasso to enhance their creativity – may end the controversy over what ingredient caused the green liqueur’s supposed mind-altering effects .

The culprit seems plain and simple: The century-old absinthe contained about 70 percent alcohol, giving it a 140-proof kick. In comparison, most gins, vodkas and whiskeys are just 80- to 100-proof.

Absinthe’s Mind-Altering Mystery Solved – Yahoo! News

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  1. I have read some articles that indicate the L50 of thujone is several days so there may be some potential for it to accumulate with sustained use.  Some references indicate that it operates on the GABA receptor system so a build up could definatly impact the users sense of well being at least.
     
    For me the ritual and mystic alone are enough to keep me interested!

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