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Absinthe is a herbal spirit which contains the active agents of a herb called wormwood or vermouth (artemisia absinthium). Aside from alcohol absinthe contains a number of different psychoactive substances. Among these thujone is of major importance, a substance released by the wormwood plant. Today in Germany and other European countries the maximum content permitted by the law is 10 milligram per kilogram, absinthe which is declared as "bitter spirit" is allowed to contain up to 35 mg thujone per kg. Unfortunately an increasing amount of spirits are recently being sold under the name of absinthe although they actually don't have anything to do with the real thing - they only contain artificial aromes of absinthe and have no other effect than that of the alcohol...

The effect of real absinthe can be mood-brightening, stimulating, even euphorizing. It sometimes also acts as an aphrodisiac. Oscar Wilde, however, describes his own absinthe experiences as follows: "After the first glass you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world."

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