Absinthe effects are infamous. Absinthe is well known throughout the world for its colorful background and the mysterious myths that encompass it.
Absinthe was developed in Switzerland in the 18th century as an elixir or tonic. Its main ingredient, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine for thousands of years in the following ways:-
- Being a tonic
- To counteract poisoning a result of hemlock and toadstools
- To promote 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 linked with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre region of Paris - home to several artists and writers. Many well-known artists and writers which includes Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway relied on the outcomes of Absinthe proclaiming that it freed their minds and motivated them. Some declare that Van Gogh chop off his ear while under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Many people begun 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 claimed that a French man had killed his whole family after drinking Absinthe. In reality, he had consumed an enormous volume of other alcohol-based drinks after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were attributed to the wormwood extract in the drink which contained a chemical called thujone. Thujone had commonalities 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. Oddly enough, it was never restricted 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 consuming any strong spirits, and liquor with a substantial alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe contained only very tiny amounts of thujone. Absinthe was, thus, made legal again in many countries in the 1990s. EU legislation means that bottled Absinthe could only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only permits 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 beverage. These beverages are still available in addition to artificial Absinthes which have been created for the US market. If you would like real Absinthe you will need an Absinthe that contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, which gives Absinthe it's characteristic bitter flavor. Look for Absinthes which contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences that include wormwood and which may be mixed with vodka or Everclear to create your own bottled Absinthe. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and might be purchased online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with instructions on how to use them and are to be utilized with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You only need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are planning to use a substantialvolume of Absinthe. Absinthe Effects