Essay heading: Absinthe

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The main difference is the additional 3 – membered ring in thujone, resulting from an extra carbon-carbon bond. Until recently, the mode of action for ?-thujone was unknown, but a recent study done by Hold et al. at Berkeley found the toxin’s mode of action. It shows that thujone acts to block brain receptors for Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a natural inhibitor to nerve impulses, affecting the central nervous system...
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It shows that thujone acts to block brain receptors for Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a natural inhibitor to nerve impulses, affecting the central nervous system. At 25 °C thujone is a liquid with a density of 0.9109 and a molecular weight of 152 g/mol. Under standard atmospheric pressure thujone boils at 201 °C...
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