Apr 29, 2008

Absinthe’s mind-altering mystery solved

(MSNBC) - An analysis of century-old bottles of absinthe — the kind once quaffed by the likes of van Gogh and Picasso to enhance their creativity — may end the controversy over what ingredient caused the green liqueur's supposed mind-altering effects. The culprit seems plain and simple: The century-old absinthe contained about 70 percent alcohol, giving it a 140-proof kick.
... Laboratory tests found no other compound that could explain absinthe's effects. The scientists are set to detail their findings in the May 14 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Link

In related news, Albert Hofmann may or may not be dead. Was he ever here at all?

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