Wednesday, May 13, 2009

There's No More Magic

So what makes absinthe absinthe? Essentially it is a neutral spirit infused with myriad herbs and botanicals, centering around anise, fennel and a specific type of wormwood, Artemisia absinthium, from which absinthe takes its name. This wormwood contains small amounts of thujone, a compound once thought to affect the mind. It’s understood now that hallucinations and other health issues attributed to overindulging in absinthe were more a result of alcohol poisoning due to the high alcohol content, typically 50 to 70 percent.
So much for the green fairy - this depressing news from the New York Times.


StillLife said...

Your article is true as there are no adverse effects associated with drinking absinthe. There is however an absinthe effect. It is best described as seeing and feeling in "HD" while under the effects of absinthe.

Another thing to note is that not all absinthe will give you the absinthe effect.

Bryant said...

Well I wouldn't know - i got that story from the New York Times who seem to know a lot about Absinthe. said...

Still life put it quite simply and nicely... Its like living an breathing in HD.