||[Oct. 25th, 2004|02:27 am]
"Quite apart from the high alcohol content, traditionally 68% abv, absinthe contains the herb 'wormwood' (Artemisia absinthium). This bitter herb contains a chemical called thujone, which is very similar to the active chemical in cannabis, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Analysis by scientists in the 1960s & 70s shows that this similarity is not a coincidence. Both chemicals are terpenoids. This means that 'both thujone and THC exert their psychotomimetic agents by interacting with a common receptor in the central nervous system', said scientist J del Castillo when writing an article on similarities between the psychological effects attributed to absinthe and those of marijuana (Nature magazine, January 31st 1975).
Both alcohol and thujone are drugs, and as such, we recommend that you drink absinthe in moderation. In short, wormwood offers an experience other than simply just becoming drunk, but is not comparable to the effects of a potent hallucinogen such as LSD."
Mmm this certainly sounds wonderous. I can't wait to get my hands on some. I'll have a bottle before the year is through, mark my words.