Good news for the stylishly bespectacled, goths, struggling writers, philosophers, fans of Moulin Rouge, Oscar Wilde’s corpse, bad poets, lushes, liquor elitists and the insane: Absinthe is back, worm(wood) and all.
Absinthe has quite a history as a hallucinagenic alcoholic drink, and was all the rage in America before The Man caught on and producers were forced to water it down:
[O]n July 13, 1907, Harper’s Weekly noted, “The growing consumption in America of absinthe, ‘the green curse of France,’ has attracted the attention of the Department of Agriculture, and an investigation has been ordered to determine to what extent it is being manufactuired in this country.” Just five years later, on July 25, 1912, the Department of Agriculture issued Food Inspection Decision 147, which banned absinthe in America.
But now, after long years of swill passing for the green fairy, America can finally drink… a decent simulacra. Lucid has the flavor and essense of non-FDA approved Absinthe without the nasty Thujone-caused hallucinations. Oh, you wanted those? You’re out of luck.
Until the Food and Drug Administration decides U.S. citizens over the age of 21 are, well, adults, you have but two options: importing European Absinthe
through sureptitious channels or sipping Lucid, desperately wishing you were tripping balls.