Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is known around the world for its colorful background and the mysterious myths that surround it.
Absinthe was created in Switzerland in the eighteenth century as an elixir or tonic. Its main compound, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine for thousands of years in the following ways:-
– Being a tonic
– To counteract poisoning brought on by hemlock and toadstools
– To induce digestion
– To take care of parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe began to be distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the 19th century and became famous in La Belle Epoque period and connected with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre division of Paris – home to many artists and writers. Many renowned artists and writers including Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway counted on the outcomes of Absinthe saying that it freed their minds and encouraged them. Some point out that Van Gogh cut-off his ear while consuming the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Many people began to imagine that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and could cause violence and insanity. It was even alleged that a French man had killed his whole family after drinking Absinthe. In truth, he had consumed a vast amount of other alcoholic beverages after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were attributed to the wormwood extract in the drink which contained a chemical called thujone. Thujone had resemblances with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was forbidden and made illegal in France in 1915 and im a number of other countries at around the same time. Oddly 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 just as safe as consuming any strong spirits, and liquor with a high alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe included only very small amounts of thujone. Absinthe was, therefore, made legal again in lots of 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 developed to replace Absinthe, such as Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic beverage. These beverages are still available together with artificial Absinthes that have been designed for the US market. If you would like real Absinthe you need an Absinthe that contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that provides Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Search for Absinthes that have real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences that include wormwood and that may be mixed with vodka or Everclear to produce your own bottled Absinthe. These essences are utilized by the Absinthe industry and might be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with directions regarding how to make use of them and are to be used with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You just need to be concerned about Absinthe effects if you are planning to use a significant amount of Absinthe. Keep in mind that Absinthe is doubly strong as whisky and drink it without excess!