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    Quote Originally Posted by sicboater View Post
    You might ask wojtec76 if he can get you some from poland If you haven't ever tried the stuff before, I will say my experience with it wasn't too great. Mild hallucinations but the hangover was the killer and I wasn't prone to getting hung over at the time...Mail order is about a 50/50 chance it will get nabbed. You can get a domestic variety of absinthe in the states that is made with wormwood but I think they remove the thujone which is where the "fun" is at...
    Alpha-thujone can have an effect on GABA receptors and cause some perception problems, but to get those levels, even on high thujone "absinthe" you'd be in the hospital for alcohol poisoning first. The appeal for the Belle Epoche artists was that it was a smooth, cheap strong drink. I know it's less romantic to think that Van Gogh and Latrec were just lushes, but that seems to be more true.

    Lucid has no thujone (also, a horrible flavor) but the Kubler has a small amount (these are the two absinthes available in the US, there's also some absentes, which is something different). The actual law is, I think, 10ppm, which most Western European absinthes fall under (and most pre-ban absinthes as well), but the perception of illegality is such that customs officers treat all absinth as illegal.

    My friends have all had very good luck ordering online. Not me of course, don't want to anger the customs people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by They Call Me Blockhead View Post
    Alpha-thujone can have an effect on GABA receptors and cause some perception problems, but to get those levels, even on high thujone "absinthe" you'd be in the hospital for alcohol poisoning first. The appeal for the Belle Epoche artists was that it was a smooth, cheap strong drink. I know it's less romantic to think that Van Gogh and Latrec were just lushes, but that seems to be more true.

    Lucid has no thujone (also, a horrible flavor) but the Kubler has a small amount (these are the two absinthes available in the US, there's also some absentes, which is something different). The actual law is, I think, 10ppm, which most Western European absinthes fall under (and most pre-ban absinthes as well), but the perception of illegality is such that customs officers treat all absinth as illegal.

    My friends have all had very good luck ordering online. Not me of course, don't want to anger the customs people.
    This is the prevailing conventional wisdom on absinthe and its cannabinoid ingredient. This is why I use the quotes around "fun."
    I have read that the absinthe of old might have also contained some heavy metals (copper based?) that contributed to the side effects of consumption. I believe my experience was entirely a "way to drunk" one. I have known others to have similar experiences while abusing tequila! Good information Blockhead! Thanks for clarifying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sicboater View Post
    This is the prevailing conventional wisdom on absinthe and its cannabinoid ingredient. This is why I use the quotes around "fun."
    I have read that the absinthe of old might have also contained some heavy metals (copper based?) that contributed to the side effects of consumption. I believe my experience was entirely a "way to drunk" one. I have known others to have similar experiences while abusing tequila! Good information Blockhead! Thanks for clarifying.
    Yeh, I'm not allowed to drink tequila anymore. And if I do, I warn the people I'm with what they're in for after consumption. Things can get kinda crazy...

    My home "bar" stanks. Mostly just the standard stuff. I only really drink beer or wine at home, so I don't really stock anything good, although I'd love to get into some good rums. Mmmmm....I love rum!

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    Home Bar: what's in yours?
    Anything I don't like to drink - that tends to stay around for years. I think bunch of tequilas, some liquour, peach schnapps, kahlua, amarula.... The stuff I like (cognac, whiskey, bourbon, jin....) doesn't stay for too long

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    Quote Originally Posted by sicboater View Post
    This is the prevailing conventional wisdom on absinthe and its cannabinoid ingredient. This is why I use the quotes around "fun."
    I have read that the absinthe of old might have also contained some heavy metals (copper based?) that contributed to the side effects of consumption. I believe my experience was entirely a "way to drunk" one. I have known others to have similar experiences while abusing tequila! Good information Blockhead! Thanks for clarifying.

    Glad to be of help. I had AAD for a short while, you could say. RAD is healthier (and less of a legal grey area).

    The cannabinoid thing is an internet myth. Someone looked at the chemical structures of alpha-thujone and THC and decided they looked similar, so they must work similar. Only one study has been done that's on a research science level and that's the one that taught me about the GABA receptors.

    Heavy metals in old absinthes is conjecture, but a reasonable one. There was nothing resembling an FDA back then, especially in Europe.

    Hmm... maybe it's time for another bottle...

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