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Different sort of feeling

-- By  Austin in  Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 at 01:47.

I first tried absinthe about a week ago. The words on the bottle stated "King of Absinthe Extra Strong Pure Artemisia Absinthium 184 u.s. proof 92% alc. vol."
First I smelled it and it smelled of black licorice. I then proceeded to mix the drink with one shot of Absinthe, a tablespoon of sugar, and filled the glass with water.
I had about 2.5 glasses. The feeling was different than a regular alcohol intoxication. I agree with what many others of said, it is a more clear headed feeling, not at all a tired or groggy feeling from traditional spirits. Colors were also seemingly more vibrant.

 
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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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