Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is known across the world for its colourful history and the mysterious myths that encompass it.
Absinthe was made in Switzerland in the 18th century as an elixir or tonic. Its major compound, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine since ancient times in the following ways:-
- Being a tonic
- To counteract poisoning a result of hemlock and toadstools
- To activate digestion
- To manage parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe started to be distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the 19th century and have become famous in La Belle Epoque period and associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre region of Paris - home to a lot of artists and writers. Many popular artists and writers like Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway relied on the results of Absinthe stating that it freed their minds and inspired them. Some claim that Van Gogh cut-off his ear while consuming the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
A lot of people begun to feel that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and can cause violence and insanity. It was even believed that a French man had killed his whole family after ingesting Absinthe. In fact, he had ingeste a massive volume of other alcohol based drinks after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were attributed to the wormwood extract in the drink which included a chemical called thujone. Thujone had similarities with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was forbidden and made illegal in France in 1915 and im many other countries at around the same time frame. Interestingly, it was by no means banned in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
Lots of people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was found that drinking Absinthe was only as safe as ingesting any strong spirits, and liquor with a significant alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe contained only very tiny quantities of thujone. Absinthe was, consequently, made legal again in many 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 levels of thujone.
The Absinthe ban supposed 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 beverage. These beverages remain available together with artificial Absinthes which have been created for the US market. If you wish real Absinthe you will 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 that include wormwood and that may be blended with vodka or Everclear to make your own bottled Absinthe. These essences are employed by the Absinthe industry and might be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with directions concerning how to use them and are to use with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You merely need to be concerned about Absinthe effects if you are going to use a substantialamount of Absinthe. Do not forget that Absinthe is two times as strong as whisky and drink it in moderation!
Absinthe Spoon, stainless steel