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-- By Willow Pearce in UK on Thu, 21 Mar 2013 at 09:53.
Gerritson's absinthe ' rant ' is nothing more than scientific mumbo jumbo. It is well known that drinking large quantities of anything highly alcoholic is not desirable, but anything in MODERATION. What always amazes me is the habit of posters to pontificate while not even knowing really what the big picture is all about. Absinthe is not about consumption of thujone, it is an old and very pleasant drink that has re emerged to be enjoyed by adults.
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The Wikipedia entry on thujone gives an overview of the substance's chemical composition and pharmacology. Also includes a brief discussion of thujone content in absinthe (modern and pre-ban).
Vivienne Baillie Gerritsen, writing for the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in 2005, isn't too thrilled by the Green Fairy's comeback. A scientific analysis of the effect of thujone, or a modern-day anti-absinthe rant? You decide.
Should you care to know that the substance's formal chemical name is "1-isopropyl-4-methylbicyclo[3.1.0] hexan-3-one", then the geeky 3Dchem's interactive 3-D model of the thujone molecule is a toy you'll like. Unfortunately, the associated article contains quite a few factual errors.
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