Sepulchritude Forum: The Absinthe Forum Archives Thru July 2001: Topics Archived thru April 2001:TARGET PRACTICE
By Petermarc on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 12:38 am: Edit

damn, no wonder why i liked sassafras...hallucinogenic and carcinogenic...but it sure tasted good...

By Tabreaux on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 10:18 am: Edit

Safrole is a mild liver carcinogen. I believe it is banned from food products in the U.S. (and probably elsewhere).

By Malhomme on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 08:56 am: Edit

Sassafras is also listed by some sources as a hallucinogen, but only in very large doses.

By Head_Prosthesis on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 07:01 am: Edit

I answered my own question.

"CONTENTS: Filtered Water extractives of sassafras ( safrole free ) and natural flavors. Caramel coloring. Potassium sorbate as preservative. Very low sodium. Less than 15mg per fl.oz. "

By Head_Prosthesis on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 06:58 am: Edit

Then Pappy's Sassafras Tea should have a surgeon general's warning label? Or did they remove the safrole?

By Malhomme on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 06:34 am: Edit

Naw... My understanding is that sassafrass tea is about as carcinogenic as the average domestic beer. Let's hope so! 'Cause as for me sassafrass tea was a spring and summer staple.

By Perruche_Verte on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 11:55 pm: Edit

Wow. My ex (from Tennessee) used to cut sassafras root, steep it in water and give it to me to drink. Tasted mighty good, but was she unwittingly poisoning me?

By Don_Walsh on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 11:36 pm: Edit

Main constituent of sassafras is safrole. Safrole is carcinogenic. However they stopped using sassafras oil in root beer making a loing time ago, long before safrole was identified as a carcinogen.

Nowdays safrole is mostly of interest to clandestine chemists who make MDMA, MDA, etc. It has the required methylenedioxy moiety in its structure. The implication for users of these substances is pretty dire: unless your chemist knows what he is doing you will be introducing possibly substantial amo9unts of a carcinogen into your body along with the drug. In fact, I am not at all certain just how thoroughly one could clean up the drugs to remove all the safrole. Basically this is an imponderable. No one has established a threshold value for exposure under such circumstances. It's not the same as occupational exposure. So NIOSH and Sax and so on will mean little.

By _Blackjack on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 02:07 pm: Edit

Both have a licorice-like flavor, tho in absinthe it should (but often isn't) be more subtle.

By Tabreaux on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 01:29 pm: Edit

Rootbeer was originally made using sarsparilla and sassafras root. I have no idea of what goes into it these days. More sugar than anything else.

By Chrysippvs on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 11:17 am: Edit

Yuck. I hope nothing, I hate root beer.

By Artemis on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 08:06 am: Edit


By Head_Prosthesis on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 07:56 am: Edit

What's in Root Beer that reminds me of Absinthe? Besides sugar and water...

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