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Apr. 18th, 2003 05:54 am (UTC)
Re: Absinthe without Wormwood?
Ah, I see. A friend of mine had a bottle labeled "Absinthe" a couple of years a go, but without the wormwood. Silly silly laws.
Apr. 18th, 2003 07:51 am (UTC)
Silly silly laws
You'll get no argument from me there.

Be well.

Apr. 17th, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not really a drinking man, but I wanna get some Absinthe sometime soon. Have so for years, even toyed with the idea of making a barrel.

Good for you!
Apr. 18th, 2003 12:18 am (UTC)
Re: Awesome!
Actually, this turned out to be a sort of bogus absinthe; made with a "wormwood infusion" rather than in the traditional manner. The green color of this faux elixer comes from added coloring. I got no effect from it that I wouldn't have gotten from a similiar quantity of Bacardi 151.

However, they still make the real stuff in Spain, and that's where we plan to live next, so I remain confident that I'll taste this forbidden fruit before too long.
Apr. 18th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC)
After I posted, I read the comments on your comic board to that effect. Interesting, how much effort was taken to remove the Psychoactive component... I mean, they sell the extremest liquors dirt cheap to cater to "winos", but anything even slightly hallucinogenic is illegal. (well, unless you count DT's)

I should argue some kind of "Conspiracy" really.

Let's see on the legal drugs:
Caffiene: Lets you ignore fatigue, helping you work when your heart is not in it.
Nicotene: Don't know, I'm no smoker. Know lots of them, though.
Alcohol: Helps "Party" after work, also dims intellect and distracts.

Now, these drugs all put toghether seem to be designed to keep a worker happy and working. They all (especially the last two) have side effects, but usually take a lifetime to break someone down.

Now, I've actually known some people who take "Crank". They'd probably pick a fight if they met a hippie, they just love that it can help them work two lousy jobs for 24 hours straight so they can make a down payment on their car or get a PS2. If it didn't have so many after effects, I bet Uncle Sam would be trying to get everyone to use it...

I think the problem governments have with psychoactives is that it could actually "Free" someone's mind of the illusions placed upon it. Someone might have a vision and go "I don't need all these 'things'"


A few absinthe links, though I'm sure you've seen them. The last one has some of the original recipies, unfortunately for a brewing company, not an individual. The first one has an individual recipie.

This is some nostalgia trip. Anyone going through this effort to get a psychoactive substance alone should probably seek "magic mushrooms" (taking GREAT care to avoid the deadly ones)
Apr. 18th, 2003 03:32 am (UTC)
Having read this - thujone: C10H16O;the chief constituent of cedar leaf oil; a stimulant similar to camphor.

Synonym: absinthol, tanacetol, tanacetone, thujol, thuyol, thuyone

I'm wondering what the effects are of this interesting chemical? I've never heard of it!

Apr. 18th, 2003 07:50 am (UTC)
Alas, I wouldn't know
I'm wondering what the effects are of this interesting chemical? I've never heard of it!

But I hear that the thujone molecule has a structure similiar to THC. I'll let you know when I've actually had some. The stuff in the photo amounts to 180 proof windex.
May. 8th, 2003 02:28 am (UTC)

I'm wondering what the effects are of this interesting chemical? I've never heard of it!

Here's a snippet from a webpage dedicated to home-made absinthe:

Notes on the Psychopharmacology of Absinthe

I get email asking me about the effects of my absinthe. It contains the same active ingredients as distilled absinthe and has the same effects. Now, what are these effects? I describe them as a cross between pot, exstacy, cocaine, strong coffee, and vodka.

Thujone is discussed elsewhere in the Absinthe Ring, but I think there may be more to the effects of absinthe than thujone, namely the highly-complex synergistic effect of a psychoactive cocktail. Other ingredients in the recipe have their own reputations. Angelica root is crewed as a drug in Lapland. Anise and fennel seed both contain potentially psychoactive anethole. Caraway seeds are reputed aphrodisiacs and the basis of the German liqueur kummel. Coriander is mentioned as an aphrodisiac in the Arabic One Thousand and One Nights, and is said to conjure up the devil when used in combination with fennel in the same text. Other recipes call for hops, a sedative and hypnotic, and calamus root, which contains psychoactive asarones, used as an inebriant by Native Americans. And then there is the hyssop, a nervine. Add it all up, the sum may be greater than the whole.
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