Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is known around the world for its colorful history and the mysterious myths that encircle it.
Absinthe was made in Switzerland in the eighteenth century as an elixir or tonic. Its main component, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine since ancient times in the following ways:-
– As being a tonic
– To counteract poisoning brought on by hemlock and toadstools
– To activate 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 became famous in La Belle Epoque period and connected with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre part of Paris – home to several artists and writers. Many popular artists and writers including Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway relied on the effects of Absinthe saying that it freed their minds and motivated them. Some claim that Van Gogh cut off his ear while under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Many people begun to believe that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and envigorating effects and could cause violence and madness. It was even assumed that a French man had murdered his whole family after drinking Absinthe. In truth, he had consumed an enormous 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 prohibited and made unlawful in France in 1915 and im a great many other countries at around the same time. Interestingly, it was by no means prohibited in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
A lot of people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was discovered that drinking Absinthe was only as safe as ingesting any strong spirits, and liquor with a high alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe included only very tiny amounts of thujone. Absinthe was, thus, made legal again in lots of countries in the 1990s. EU legislation suggests that bottled Absinthe could only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only permits 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 liquor. These beverages continue to be available in addition to artificial Absinthes which were made for the US market. If you want real Absinthe you’ll need an Absinthe that contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that provides Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Look for Absinthes that contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences that include wormwood and that may be combined with vodka or Everclear to make your own bottled Absinthe. These essences are utilized by the Absinthe industry and may be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with guidelines regarding how to utilize them and are to be used with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You only need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are intending to take an importantvolume of Absinthe. Remember that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it without excess!