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-- By Rob in Tennessee on Fri, 2 Feb 2007 at 15:39.
I've been drinking JADE brand absinthe for a while and the only effect I feel other than alcohol, is a very clear state of mind. Kind of like drinking Jagermeister and Red Bull. The "drunk" feeling is there, but the drowsiness and slurring is not present. I enjoy the JADE line because it can be guarenteed to be as authentic in recipie and taste as Pernod Fils, Edouard Pernod or C.F. Berger. I suggest PF 1901, Edouard 72 and Verte Suisse 65. In my openion, JADE is the ONLY true absinthe on today's modern market!
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About the effects of absinthe
When it comes to the effects of drinking absinthe, people's opinions -- and experiences -- vary wildly. Some go as far as to claim the drink is psychoactive, while others say there is no "secondary" (that is, other than alcohol-induced) effect at all.
As early as 1993, Matthew Baggott posted his Absinthe FAQ in the Usenet newsgroup "alt.drugs" (there wasn't much of the web as we know it back then). As you will suspect from the newsgroup's name, the issue of absinthe's "psychoactive qualities" was one of the interests of the document.
Some people take it further still. We definitely do not recommend any experiments with Paxil and absinthe (nor, for that matter, mixing any medicine with alcohol). Anyway, it's quite clear which way the wind blows here, since Jasmine Sailing's bizarre piece more or less concludes absinthe is a narcotic. Is it really? Yup, it does read like the girl was out of her mind when she wrote the page -- and no, we don't think the Fairy was to blame!
A far more sober look at the effects of the Green Fairy can be found in "The Return of the Green Faerie", an article written by Frank Kelly Rich of the Modern Drunkard magazine (no pun intended). Recommended reading.
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