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Nov 13, 2007

Absinthe Minded

from Mind Hacks

The absinthe minded green fairy:

The New York Times has a brief but wonderfully illustrated article on the cultural history of absinthe, the highly alcoholic spirit that was adopted by numerous famous artists.

Wikipedia also has a fantastic article on absinthe which looks at the history of its creation, popularity, prohibition and revival.

It also exposes the myth that wormwood, a key flavouring ingredient, causes hallucinations. A scientific article looked at the evidence for this and found that the effects of the drink are almost entirely due to its alcohol content.

While thujone, an active ingredient in wormwood, can causes seizures in high enough quantities, there isn't enough in absinthe to have a significant effect.

However, erroneous concerns about the drink leading to dangerous forms of 'madness' led it to be banned in most European countries in the early 1900s, giving it an instant notoriety and cultural impact that far goes beyond its pharmacological influence.

Link to NYT on 'Absinthe Returns in a Glass Half Full of Mystique...'
Link to Wikipedia article on absinthe.
Link to scientific article 'Absinthism: a fictitious 19th century syndrome...'

Vaughan. (Mind Hacks)


At 4:04 AM , Anonymous treacle said...

Yep, none of my friends have ever claimed to hvae visions after drinking the stuff...but then, I am not sure about the "quality" of the bottle that was being consumed...

At 2:58 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

How about you, T, are you absinthe minded?

At 11:30 PM , Blogger Twit said...

I haven't had that stuff for years.

All I can really remember is that I thought I was drinking petrol or something.

Do your friends ever have visions, Treacle?


At 12:06 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Let it alone, Twit...there's plenty extra to go around.


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