Absinthe effects are infamous. Absinthe is famous across the world for its vibrant history and the mysterious myths that encircle it.
Absinthe was created in Switzerland in the eighteenth century as an elixir or tonic. Its primary component, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine since ancient times in the following ways:-
– Being a tonic
– To counteract poisoning due to hemlock and toadstools
– To induce digestion
– To treat parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe began to be distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the nineteenth century and became famous in La Belle Epoque period and connected with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris – home to many artists and writers. Many famous 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 encouraged them. Some declare that Van Gogh cut-off his ear while under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Many people began to think that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and envigorating effects and can cause violence and insanity. It was even believed that a French man had murdered his whole family after ingesting Absinthe. In reality, he had taken an enormous quantity of other alcoholic beverages after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were blamed on the wormwood extract in the drink which contained a chemical called thujone. Thujone had similarities with TCH, located in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was banned and made unlawful in France in 1915 and im many other countries at around the same time frame. Strangely enough, it was by no means banned in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
A lot of people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was found that drinking Absinthe was just as safe as drinking any strong spirits, and liquor with a substantial alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe comprised only very tiny amounts of thujone. Absinthe was, consequently, made legal again in many countries in the 1990s. EU legislation suggests that bottled Absinthe can just be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only allows 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, such as Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic drink. These beverages continue to be available in addition to artificial Absinthes that have been made for the US market. If you want real Absinthe you need an Absinthe that contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that gives Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Try to find Absinthes that have real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and which may be blended with vodka or Everclear to produce your very own bottled Absinthe. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and can be purchased online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with guidelines on how to utilize them and are to use with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You only need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are intending to use a significant amount of Absinthe. Keep in mind that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it without excess!