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Abscinthe (sp?), has it worked for anyone?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Spent this past Friday with a buddy who just came back from a few months in his native England with a couple bottles of abscinthe, which is illegal in the US. So he, I, and one other friend finish the two bottles (ughh, tastes like shit), smoke a joint, and wait for it to kick in....

keep waiting.....and waiting....and waiting.

Bottom line is that nothing happened except that we got really drunk. One buddy ends up puking because the stuff doesn't really sit well in your stomach, me and my other friend stagger around Hollywood convinced that when it does work all of the neon and lights will be cool to look at. Ha ha, yeah right. Wasted a perfectly good night that could have been spent at a party or out on the town.

So what is the appeal of abscinthe? It certainly can't be the taste. Has this ever worked for anyone? Does anyone have a good story about the stuff?

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    not my cup of tea either, its just alcohol when all said and done !
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Alcohol filtered through woodworm, and yes it does have 'drug' properties, it contains a similar (same?) chemical as found in Cannabis (not that THC.. shite all I can think of at the moment is DHCP Server.. bloody MCSA course)

    I've had working experiences with it, few hallucinations and getting lost in Portsmouth for 4 hours....

    I like it... its fun
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Alittle info from our herbal high article for you:

    Wormwood

    The herb with a spicy, bitter taste that gives absinthe its unique kick. Contains thujones, chemicals that act on the same brain receptors as cannabis.
    Highs: Narcotic-like effects, vivid dreams.
    Lows: Wormwood contains a toxin that taken in high quantities can bring on tremors, convulsions, sleeplessness, miscarriage, paralysis, stomach problems, and brain damage.
    The law: Absinthe was never formally banned in the UK, but was outlawed in many other countries.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Apparently if you drop caramelised sugar into a shot of abscenthe then it makes you hillucinate (sorry about my shite spelling!). I've tried abscenthe and i quite like it but i have yet to test the caramelised sugar theory... would be interesting!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    a lot of the absinthe you buy in the UK hasn't actually got any wormwood in it.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    can u buy this stuff in normal off licenses?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by hells angel:
    <STRONG>can u buy this stuff in normal off licenses?</STRONG>

    Dunno, but my local Tesco sells it. (um, should I be telling you this?)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Absinth is a total nightmare!!! I got totally pissed off 8 shots the otha day, i was unconcious, everyone thought i was gona die!! ooooooppss! Anyway id advise ya against it, its leathal! <IMG SRC="eek.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> <IMG SRC="eek.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> <IMG SRC="eek.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Me and one of my mates drank it one night, but i was unsure of the effect it was having on me. I just felt REALLY drunk, but I did try to tie my friend to a pole, and i was going off my head, which is unusual for me as drink makes me really mellow.

    Think I'll try it again though, perhaps make a study out of it LOL. <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Absynthe isn't it?

    The type I drink at my local is really good stuff, made my mate throw up after only one shot! Hahaha, what a light-weight!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    a lot of the absinthe you buy in the UK hasn't actually got any wormwood in it.

    ... that'll be because its filtered through woodworm, there are some cheap knock offs about but most of the absinth you buy is the real maccoy or close enough...
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ROTFLMAO @ Jim'llFixIt's name, quality mate... fecking quality.. and your signature etc.

    Brilliant.. that has made me smile tonight..

    Now Then.. Now Then!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Why did the Mexican shoot his wife?
    Tequila.

    Bit like that really. Bad taste.

    Like Tequila, more of a 'fed up drinking beer/alcopops-lets have something to spice it up' kinda drink.

    Can make you aggressive and lose it. First time, I fell in a ditch, didn't make it home, and split up with ex! (or maybe it was a good thing)

    More of a novelty really.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My message to people is to stay away from this stuff.

    Do you know this is the stuff that made Vincent Van Gogh cut his ear off.

    I work in a bar and a guy managed to drink 13 shots of this stuff even though the legal limit was 3 he was having his friends buy it for him. He was crawling around the floor like a mad man (Was pretty damn funny though <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> ) N

    The reason a lot of people think this stuff tastes like shit anyway (It tastes like Pernod <IMG SRC="mad.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> ) Is because it is not drunk right.

    It has to have a teaspoonful of sugar on it a taste of water and set on fire for 10 seconds then it tastes a bit lighter and wont fuck up your perception on life. <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My mate drinks it with Vodka and Red Bull and it sends him bonkers, he forgets whats real and what is fiction, he thinks hes living in a story and gets agressive, very bad....
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    seems van dam's right about nobody preparing it the way it ought to be.
    i absolutely love the stuff and it IS legal in the states now...
    seems some french company swapped the species of wormwood, and it can suddenly cross the borders (what a magic faery it is!) anyway, it's because southen wormwood contains less thujone (the ketone that USED to be believed to cause the hallucinations) than the grand wormwood... which is beside the point...

    anyway, if you pour it through the sugar cube and then light it (the cube, not the drink) it'll burn out on its own...
    pour your ice water over the sugar 'till the drink is cloudy... about as cloudy as it'll get... then drop what sugar remains and stir.

    they say the wormwood gives it its flavor, but it seems to me the topnotes are anise and fennel (flannel? no. fennel.)
    i don't even taste the wormwood 'till i'm lightly toasted and even then i'm not sure i REALLY taste it... maybe just a waking dream... but nice, nonetheless.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I've had it a few times, in moderation is quite nice. A nice sorta drunk.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Do you know this is the stuff that made Vincent Van Gogh cut his ear off.

    ... he was a mad man anyway.

    i like absinthe
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Why has this thread from 5 years ago been dragged up?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I brought some back from holiday a few weeks ago ! thought it was banned in england ?

    Its not that great to be honest so over hyped ... saying that I had three cans of strongbow and then did two shots of the stuff and i was ABSOLUTELY FUCKED felt like i was on drugs (well id done a few lines but i felt like i was on pills which is either my imagination or i was just really fucked)

    so anyway left it at my mates house and the twat drank it all !
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    its only alcohol really. Gets you pissed quickly and makes me feel really warm - almost overheated after not drinking that much of it,
    Im not overkeen but its not awful
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I brought some back from holiday a few weeks ago ! thought it was banned in england ?

    The stuff sold in England under the name of Absinthe is legal, obviously but it's not soaked in wormwood as the real stuff is as wormwood is the stuff that makes you hallucinate.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I had a shot in the Czech republic, didn't make me hallucinate, just made me ill, tastes awful.
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    SkiveSkive Posts: 15,283 Skive's The Limit
    The stuff sold in England under the name of Absinthe is legal, obviously but it's not soaked in wormwood as the real stuff is as wormwood is the stuff that makes you hallucinate.

    I've drunk the real deal a few times, and have to say that you get well pissed before any noticable effect from the wormwood. Load of jank. Wormwood is also one of the herbs used in vermouth found in Martini by the way.

    You can buy the wormood on it's own but it doesn't intrest me in the slightest. Thujone just doesn't seem worthwile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thujone

    As a drink I cant stand it.
    Weekender Offender 
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I had some at uni but haven't found any since! :(
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ive always been quite fond of it. went through the "whats the most powerful thing behind the bar?" approach with it and ended up unconcious in the pub for two hours....since then ive learned to appreciate it.
    its a lovely drink if you like your liquour strong and arent out to give yourself liver damage.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thing is, I can't work out what my favourite drink is. Theres the whisky and stuff thats just strong designed to get you drunk, then there's lager that you can drink all night and feel sober after a wallet worth of pints (if you can stomach that much, I've gone off it completely), wine which is my current fave because it is a tad more potent than lager and alcopops, and tastes much better too and finally stuff like absinthe. I really enjoyed it when I had it because I've never felt so drunk so quickly! I would love to experiment again but I've never found anywhere to sell it.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ShyBoy wrote: »
    Thing is, I can't work out what my favourite drink is.

    I have.

    Maker's Mark or Pernod & Black
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What are they then? I've never had either!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    if people wanna trip why not take some shrooms or salvia?
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