So I'm diggin around the local AA store and come across the bottle of green stuff..
Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. It achieved great popularity as an alcoholic drink in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers. Due in part to its association with bohemian culture, absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists. Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, and Aleister Crowley were all notorious "bad men" of that day who were (or were thought to be) devotees of the Green Fairy. Absinthe was portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug. The chemical thujone, present in small quantities, was blamed for its alleged harmful effects. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in most European countries except the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Although absinthe was vilified, no evidence has shown it to be any more dangerous than ordinary liquor. Its psychoactive properties, apart from those of alcohol, had been much exaggerated
So in the spirit of these artists and writers of old, I got a bottle of the stuff.. Half a bottle of this nasty tasting crap and 2 hours later I've dug out my daughters finger paints and created my masterpiece...
I also wrote 21 new songs for guitar but can't remember a damned one of 'em..
__________________ "So long as the presence of death lurks with anyone who goes through the simple act of swallowing, I will make mine whiskey." W. C. Fields
I heard someone found a legal way to import it. I had some when it ..... well... we had to be careful It was fun though. We made an "ice luge" and I downed most of the bottle that way real quick. Ended up talking to a glass door reflection (myself) for an hour before someone stopped me
Did you find it in a liquor store? I thought you had to order it from an online company that knows how to get it here legally.
My sister posted this up a while back. Being an established former international deviant, she has seen it all.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Over the years I have heard people make such a big deal about Absinthe (something about watching Jonny Depp drink it in a movie gets people all hot and bothered) and I could never understand why- it tastes like ****, it doesn't mix with ANYTHING (all you get when you mix sugar and Absinthe is sweet tasting Absinthe-i.e. sweet tasting ****), IT DOES NOT MAKE YOU HALLUCINATE and you can get a higher alcohol content in Bacardi 151 (which goes nicely with coke).
I think it all comes down to people wanting there to be something "special" about getting f***** up and puking as opposed to "plain ol" getting f***** up and puking that happens when you drink quality alcohol.
When I lived in Germany I had roomates that were so insistant that they could make themselves trip by drinking his god awful crap (mind you this was a mere 4 hours from Amsterdam where you could get "real" drugs) that they would purchase bottle after bottle in a constant effort to find "that one good kind" that does not exist and one even went so far as to make his own out of cheap vodka and a package of herbs he bought.
Needless to say the smell was enough to make me want to vomit.
The point here is that I've tried to explain how it works and why it's no different then anything else (based on the fact that I researched it very well before I ever tried it) and no one believes me so here is an article I ran across on Howstuffworks.com that explains it all very well so I thought I would share.
Introduction to Does absinthe really cause hallucinations?
January 9, 2007
When absinthe was banned in France, Switzerland, the United States and many other countries in the early 1900s, it had really fallen out of favor. It wasn't just frowned upon; it was accused of creating murderers, making children into criminals and turning women into "martyrs." That regular old alcohol received similar treatment during the Prohibition period in the United States turns out to be pretty apropos: We now know that properly manufactured absinthe, an anise-flavored, alcoholic drink, is no more dangerous than any other properly prepared liquor. What about the tales of hallucinations, Oscar Wilde and his tulips, family massacres and instant death? Not absinthe's fault, technically speaking. Absinthe does have a very high alcohol content -- anywhere between 55 and 75 percent, which equates to about 110 to 144 proof. It makes whiskey's standard 40 percent (80 proof) seem like child's play, which is why absinthe is supposed to be diluted. Absinthe is not a hallucinogen; its alcohol content and herbal flavor sets it apart from other liquors.
Traditional absinthe is made of anise, fennel and wormwood (a plant), and various recipes add other herbs and flowers to the mix. The anise, fennel and wormwood are soaked in alcohol, and the mixture is then distilled. The distillation process causes the herbal oils and the alcohol to evaporate, separating from the water and bitter essences released by the herbs. The fennel, anise and wormwood oils then recondense with the alcohol in a cooling area, and the distiller dilutes the resulting liquid down to whatever proof the absinthe is supposed to be (based on brand variations or regional laws). At this point, the absinthe is clear; many manufacturers add herbs to the mixture after distillation to get the classic green color from their chlorophyll. The chemical that's taken all the blame for absinthe's hallucinogenic reputation is called thujone, which is a component of wormwood. In very high doses, thujone can be toxic. It is a GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) inhibitor, meaning it blocks GABA receptors in the brain, which can cause convulsions if you ingest enough of it. It occurs naturally in many foods, but never in doses high enough to hurt you. And there's not enough thujone in absinthe to hurt you, either. By the end of the distillation process, there is very little thujone left in the product. Modern science has estimated that a person drinking absinthe would die from alcohol poisoning long before he or she were affected by the thujone. And there is no evidence at all that thujone can cause hallucinations, even in high doses.
In view of modern analysis of the drink and its ingredients, any absinthe-related deaths can most likely be attributed to alcoholism, alcohol poisoning or drinking the cheap stuff, which, like moonshine, can have poisonous additives in it. Do not buy absinthe from some guy in an alley -- you're looking at the same dangers you'd face drinking moonshine sold off the back of a truck. And unless you've got a distiller in your garage, those make-it-yourself kits sold on the Internet are going to help you create a really terrible tasting liquor-soaked-herb beverage, not absinthe.
For the record, that man who killed his family in Switzerland in 1905, spurring a whole slew of absinthe bans and even a constitutional amendment, was under the influence of absinthe -- which he'd been drinking since he woke up that morning and throughout the rest of the day (and the day before that and the day before that). And Oscar Wilde? Well, no doubt the poet did see tulips on his legs as he walked out into the morning light after a night of drinking absinthe at a local bar. Poets are like that. The rest of us wouldn't see a tulip after drinking absinthe any more than we would after a gin and tonic.
Absinthe is now perfectly legal in almost every country in which alcohol is legal. The United States is one of the only countries that still bans the sale of absinthe.
The hallucinogenic chemical in true Absinthe is THC, a mild form of acid, which is also found in the other "green stuff"
The psychoactive chemical in real absinthe is thujone, not THC. Both thujone and THC are terpenoids and have a similar molecular geometry, but thujone is classified as a convulsant poison not a drug. The FDA has recently approved the importation and retail sale of absinthes that contain less than a certain percent thujone. I have had both the low octane stuff here and the potent stuff from overseas, and believe me, there's a difference.
Are you born to resist, or be abused?