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-- By Declan in County Mayo on Thu, 5 Apr 2007 at 11:24.
I would like to respond to Rob's point about the feeling he gets when he drinks absinthe. The effect he describes about absinthe giving a clear headed feeling is true. I enjoy writing, but I sometimes get writers block. I find that drinking a couple glass of absinthe really helps! Now, that's not the same if you drink any other high proof spirit. I guess that I would like to understand is why absinthe has this effect. I've read all about thujone, and it looks to me like nobody is real sure about what causes that "very clear state of mind"
Also, thanks to Rob for the recommendation
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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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