Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is known throughout the world for its vibrant background and the mysterious myths that surround it.
Absinthe was developed in Switzerland in the 18th 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 a tonic
– To counteract poisoning caused by hemlock and toadstools
– To activate digestion
– To help remedy 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 part of Paris – home to many artists and writers. Many famous artists and writers including Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway counted on the results of Absinthe stating that it freed their minds and motivated them. Some say that Van Gogh cut-off his ear while consuming the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
A lot of 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 madness. It was even claimed that a French man had killed his whole family after drinking Absinthe. In fact, he had consumed a vast quantity of other alcohol-based drinks after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were blamed on the wormwood extract in the drink which included a chemical called thujone. Thujone had resemblances with TCH, located in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was restricted and made illegal in France in 1915 and im many other countries at around the same time. Oddly enough, it was never banned in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
Many 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 small quantities of thujone. Absinthe was, thus, made legal again in several 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 allows the sale of Absinthe with trace quantities of thujone.
The Absinthe ban meant 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 remain available together with artificial Absinthes which have been created for the US market. If you want real Absinthe you need an Absinthe which contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that gives Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Look for Absinthes that have real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and which may be mixed with vodka or Everclear to create your own bottled Absinthe. These essences are utilized by the Absinthe industry and can be purchased online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with directions on how to use them and are to be used with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You just need to be concerned about Absinthe effects if you are going to consume a significant volume of Absinthe. Do not forget that Absinthe is two times as strong as whisky and drink it sparingly!