Absinthe effects are infamous. Absinthe is known across the world for its colorful history and the mysterious myths that surround it.
Absinthe was created in Switzerland in the 18th century as an elixir or tonic. Its main element, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine for thousands of years in the following ways:-
– As a tonic
– To counteract poisoning due to hemlock and toadstools
– To promote digestion
– To take care of parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe grew to become distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the 19th century and have become famous in La Belle Epoque period and connected with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre division of Paris – home to a lot of artists and writers. Many renowned artists and writers which includes Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway depended on the results of Absinthe saying that it freed their minds and encouraged them. Some point out that Van Gogh cut-off his ear while consuming the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Many people began to feel that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and can even cause violence and insanity. It was even alleged that a French man had killed his whole family after ingesting Absinthe. In truth, he had ingeste a massive level of other alcoholic beverages after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were attributed to the wormwood extract in the drink which contained a chemical called thujone. Thujone had similarities with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was forbidden and made illegal in France in 1915 and im many other countries at around the same time. Remarkably, it was never forbidden in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
Many people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was found that drinking Absinthe was only as safe as drinking any strong spirits, and liquor with a significant alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe included only very tiny volumes of thujone. Absinthe was, thus, made legal again in several countries in the 1990s. EU legislation implies that bottled Absinthe can only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only enables the sale of Absinthe with trace levels of thujone.
The Absinthe ban meant that many new Absinthe-like products had been created to replace Absinthe, just like Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic beverage. These beverages remain available along with artificial Absinthes which were designed for the US market. If you want real Absinthe you will need an Absinthe that contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that gives Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Search for Absinthes which contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences that include wormwood and that may be blended with vodka or Everclear to create your very own bottled Absinthe. These essences are utilized by the Absinthe industry and may be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with instructions concerning how to make use of them and are to be used with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You simply need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are going to use a significant volume of Absinthe. Remember that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it without excess!