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February 13, 2008



Hey, I was drinking absinthe here in LA last weekend. It's pretty tasty. But I also thought that the "absinthe" of today is completely different, lacking the hallucinogenic effect of the previous incarnation. Can you enlighten us on this disparity?


At least four varieties of absinthe have been for sale in the US since last year. Check out the article on it from the New York Times, 12/5/07. There's still a mystique around the stuff in Europe (I remember being offered some in a rather covert fashion in Budapest), but that's really just marketing.


On todays post -2/14- there is a clarification about the absinthe that is sold in the US.

Polly-Vous Francais

So is anyone bringing absinthe to the shindig on Saturday? Weee-o!


Absinthe is now purported to be legal in the US as long as it is THUJONE FREE! How strange as Absinthe is made from Artemisia Absinthium, the herb that gives Absinthe it’s name, and produces Thujone so what is the truth are they selling Absinthe? I don't think so. To my knowledge, there are only two absinthes in existence that contain anywhere near pre-ban levels of thujone (100+ mg): King of Spirits Gold and Century Absinthe. Neither of the two, nor any other genuine absinthe, will make it to the States anytime soon. For the real deal, you have to travel to Europe or have it shipped over. Yes, possession and importation for personal use is legal. They're both available to buy from I've been a regular customer since the first time I stumbled it on the internet.

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