Absinthe effects are well known. Absinthe is well known throughout the world for its colourful background and the mysterious myths that revolve around it.
Absinthe was made in Switzerland in the 18th century as an elixir or tonic. Its primary component, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine for thousands of years in the following ways:-
– As a tonic
– To counteract poisoning a result of hemlock and toadstools
– To stimulate digestion
– To manage parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe started to be distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the nineteenth century and have become famous in La Belle Epoque period and associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris – home to numerous artists and writers. Many famous artists and writers including Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway relied on the outcomes of Absinthe saying that it freed their minds and inspired them. Some declare that Van Gogh cut-off his ear while intoxicated by the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Many people started to think that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and could cause violence and insanity. It was even claimed that a French man had murdered his whole family after ingesting Absinthe. In truth, he had consumed a vast volume of other alcoholic beverages after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were blamed on the wormwood extract in the drink which included a chemical called thujone. Thujone had similarities with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was banned and made unlawful in France in 1915 and im a great many other countries at around the same time frame. Remarkably, it was never banned 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 minute quantities of thujone. Absinthe was, thus, made legal again in several countries in the 1990s. EU legislation means that bottled Absinthe can only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only allows the sale of Absinthe with trace amounts of thujone.
The Absinthe ban intended that many new Absinthe-like products had been manufactured to replace Absinthe, such as Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic drink. These beverages are still available together with artificial Absinthes which have been made for the US market. If you wish real Absinthe you’ll need an Absinthe which contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that provides Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Search for Absinthes that contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences that contain wormwood and that may be blended with vodka or Everclear to make your individual bottled Absinthe. These essences are employed by the Absinthe industry and might be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with directions on how to utilize 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 consume a significant volume of Absinthe. Keep in mind that Absinthe is doubly strong as whisky and drink it in moderation!