Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is known across the world for its colourful history and the mysterious myths that revolve around it.
Absinthe was developed in Switzerland in the eighteenth century as an elixir or tonic. Its main ingredient, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine for thousands of years in the following ways:-
– Being a tonic
– To counteract poisoning due to hemlock and toadstools
– To activate digestion
– To manage parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe started to be distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the nineteenth century and became famous in La Belle Epoque period and associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre division of Paris – home to several artists and writers. Many well-known artists and writers including Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway depended on the results of Absinthe proclaiming that it freed their minds and inspired them. Some point out that Van Gogh cut off his ear while under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
A lot of people began to imagine that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and can cause violence and madness. It was even alleged that a French man had killed his whole family after ingesting Absinthe. In truth, he had ingeste a massive quantity of other alcohol-based drinks after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were attributed to the wormwood extract in the drink which included a chemical called thujone. Thujone had commonalities with TCH, located in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was restricted and made unlawful in France in 1915 and im a number of other countries at around the same time. Interestingly, it was by no means forbidden in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
Many people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was found that drinking Absinthe was just as safe as consuming any strong spirits, and liquor with a substantial alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe contained only very small volumes of thujone. Absinthe was, consequently, made legal again in many countries in the 1990s. EU legislation suggests that bottled Absinthe can only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only permits the sale of Absinthe with trace quantities of thujone.
The Absinthe ban intended that many new Absinthe-like products had been developed to replace Absinthe, such as Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic drink. These beverages continue to be available along with artificial Absinthes which were created 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. Look for Absinthes that contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences that include wormwood and which may be combined with vodka or Everclear to produce your individual bottled Absinthe. These essences are employed by the Absinthe industry and can be purchased online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with directions regarding how to use them and are to use with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You merely need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are planning to consume a substantialportion of Absinthe. Remember that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it without excess!