Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is known around the world for its colorful past and the mysterious myths that encompass 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 utilized in medicine for thousands of years in the following ways:-
– As a tonic
– To counteract poisoning due to hemlock and toadstools
– To stimulate digestion
– To help remedy 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 associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre region of Paris – home to quite a few artists and writers. Many famous artists and writers which includes Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway depended on the effects of Absinthe stating that it freed their minds and motivated them. Some declare that Van Gogh cut off his ear while intoxicated by the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
A lot of people began to believe that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and envigorating effects and can even cause violence and insanity. It was even alleged that a French man had killed his whole family after consuming Absinthe. In fact, he had ingeste a vast amount of other alcohol based drinks after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were blamed on the wormwood extract in the drink which contained a chemical called thujone. Thujone had commonalities with TCH, located in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was restricted and made illegal in France in 1915 and im a number of other countries at around the same time frame. Strangely enough, it was by no means forbidden 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 only as safe as consuming any strong spirits, and liquor with a substantial alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe comprised only very minute volumes of thujone. Absinthe was, consequently, made legal again in several countries in the 1990s. EU legislation implies 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 amounts of thujone.
The Absinthe ban intended that many new Absinthe-like products had been developed to replace Absinthe, like Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic beverage. These beverages are still available along with artificial Absinthes which were created 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. Search for Absinthes which contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and which may be blended with vodka or Everclear to make your own bottled Absinthe. These essences are employed by the Absinthe industry and can be obtained online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with guidelines concerning how to make use of 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 use a significant amount of Absinthe. Remember that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it in moderation!