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post Dec 16 2011, 06:04 AM
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After a few months of "experimentation" I have come to the conclusion that absinthe apparently enhances my ability to remember dreams. I am usually poor at dream recall. Other members of the Artemisia genus, especially mugwort, also seem to have this effect but to a lesser extent.

I would be very interested to learn whether others have had similar experiences. I think there may be some intriguing herbal neurochemistry at work.


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post Dec 16 2011, 01:27 PM
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I find my absinthe enhanced dreams to be particularly vivid and bizarre, but then again, Nyquil™ usually produces the same effects.


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post Dec 16 2011, 06:40 PM
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Same flavor as well.


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post Dec 16 2011, 06:48 PM
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Most of us only remember a small portion of our dreams, and mainly the ones we have at the lighter, closer to waking levels. I find the dreams I recall after several glasses of absinthe are less weird and abstract, in fact.
Who knows however, about the ones I don't remember. They could be skin-peelingly weird, though my dreams before ever drinking absinthe were usually a cross between H.H. Giger, Hustler, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Hard to imagine absinthe making dreams more fucked up than that. I was recently accused by my wife of talking in my sleep in French…perhaps there is something going on.
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post Dec 17 2011, 03:42 AM
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I keep having the same dream


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post Dec 17 2011, 05:22 AM
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I had a dream once.

Once and for all.


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post Dec 17 2011, 05:39 AM
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My fav subject, dreams. For me, intoxicants worsen the quality of sleep and dream recall.


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post Dec 17 2011, 08:04 AM
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There's been inconclusive reports that eating ~20g of Stilton about a half hour before bed time will cause "disturbed" or vivid dreams.

I can't say that it works for me, and I also can't say that absinthe affects my dreams (generally the alcohol just knocks me out and kills enough brain cells for me to forget any dreams). Of course, neither did the anti-malarials with their hyped up promises of vivid and hyper-real dreams.

That said - maybe knocking back a few glasses with a plate of Stilton might really kick start the brain.


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post Dec 17 2011, 09:51 AM
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Could that be because of high amounts of tryptophan in the cheese?


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post Dec 17 2011, 01:52 PM
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Stilton and Hills.

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post Dec 17 2011, 03:59 PM
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QUOTE(Artemis @ Dec 16 2011, 10:40 AM) *

Same flavor as well.


Indeed.

If only it louched.


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post Dec 17 2011, 10:05 PM
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... cheese ... will cause "disturbed" or vivid dreams


Welsh Rarebit is legendary in this regard. I remember it from Gomer Pyle. Gomer, after eating the cheese, would sleepwalk and bully Sgt. Carter.

http://malibummm.blogspot.com/2009/09/can-...rebit-test.html


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I had a dream that I was eating a pillow and when I woke up my giant marshmallow was gone.
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post Dec 17 2011, 11:47 PM
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QUOTE(Artemis @ Dec 17 2011, 04:05 PM) *

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… cheese … will cause "disturbed" or vivid dreams


Welsh Rarebit is legendary in this regard. I remember it from Gomer Pyle. Gomer, after eating the cheese, would sleepwalk and bully Sgt. Carter.

http://malibummm.blogspot.com/2009/09/can-…rebit-test.html


My favorite episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDnFMJRDoIk


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post Dec 18 2011, 01:27 AM
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I wish, just sometimes, I could write with his specific intonations.

Is there a pictograph-thing for that?


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