Jacob Sullum on absinthe:
King of Spirits Absinth boasts “100mg of psychoactive thujone,” the sort of claim that is mocked on La Fée Verte, which dismisses the “glorious descriptions of absinthe highs in 19th century literature” as “so much flowery hot air.” Although “thujone is assumed by modern-day druggies to lend some sort of buzz,” says the site, “it does not.” Or maybe it does. “Some people claim to experience ‘secondary effects’ from absinthe,” La Fée Verte concedes, including “a markedly clear-headed drunkenness.”
This is true, in my limited experience. I was fairly pissed, but never got sloppy. However, this wasn't worth the remarkable projectile vomiting that followed. I didn't even feel sick. I just opened my mouth and away she blew. Fortunately I wasn't in company by that time.