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-- By Curious me in United States on Thu, 12 Jan 2012 at 20:25.
How much absinthe is the appropiate amount to consume for a first time drinker such as myself? For quite some time I've wanted to experience absinthe. I am making plans to travel to Canada where is is legal. I've read, researched and am ready. Could you please suggest a proof and quantity for someone as "green" as myself? I understand the effects differ by individule to individule. Yet, maybe a few people can talk about the effects of absinthe in their own personal experiences. Thank you in advance!
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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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