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Is absinthe intoxication actually different than others alcohols?

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No, I don't mean hallucinogenic; just different. I've tried a few different brands, and I could swear that the effects of absinthe are a bit different than other types of alcohol. More of a pleasant feeling than other alcohols. Is this actually the case, or is it just a placebo effect, me unconsciously buying into the whole absinthe mystique? Any science behind this (maybe the herbals involved in absinthe rather than just alcohol)?

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The same sort of differences as between beer, wine, and tequila. Very mild, so much so that not everyone even notices them. Anethole from aniseed and fennel, responsible for the "licorice" flavor, is a mild stimulant and may be partly responsible.

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The same sort of differences as between beer, wine, and tequila. Very mild, so much so that not everyone even notices them. Anethole from aniseed and fennel, responsible for the "licorice" flavor, is a mild stimulant and may be partly responsible.

What Gwydion said at the end has been documented scientificially to be the only ingredient in absinthe that has any measurable psychotropic effect other than the alcohol. Ironically, it is also in the pastis made to replace absinthe when it became illegal. Traces of anisole may also be found, it is a simpler molecule related to anethole, with greater toxicity and likely more psychotropic effect, but should not be present in measurable quantity in well made product.

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