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-- By Ari in California on Tue, 30 Jan 2007 at 22:54.
I would call that "wormwood's bogus secret" While A.A. does contain thujone it has been shown that only a tiny amount of thujone ends up in absinthe so wormwood was singled out as the dangerous part of absinthe because of a chemical barely found in absinthe. The extreme bitterness of A.A. most likely prevented people from ingesting noticeable amounts of thujone.
Whatever the possible effects of AA it's ironic the chemical it's most famous for most likely doesn't cause them.
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