Posted: Mar 12, 2009 9:42 am
the wormswood is what gives absinthe the hallucinagenic effect. the wormswood in absinthe (not US absinthe) is activated by that 'ritual' you are speaking of. place an absinthe spoon on the top of the glass, place a sugar cube in the middle of the spoon, pour absinthe into cup over sugar cube, light sugar cube on fire til it burns off, pour cold water over cube to dilute absinthe and melt away cube. voila!
lucid has trace amounts of wormswood, i believe. otherwise, you gotta go across the water to get any real stuff. but, it tastes like black licorice and it will get you drunk!