Absinthe effects are well known. Absinthe is well known around the world for its vibrant past and the mysterious myths that encircle it.
Absinthe was developed in Switzerland in the eighteenth century as an elixir or tonic. Its major ingredient, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine for thousands of years in the following ways:-
– As a tonic
– To counteract poisoning a result of hemlock and toadstools
– To stimulate digestion
– To manage parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe grew to become 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 area of Paris – home to several artists and writers. Many popular artists and writers like Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway relied on the effects of Absinthe stating that it freed their minds and encouraged them. Some claim that Van Gogh chop off his ear while consuming the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Many people begun to feel that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and can even cause violence and insanity. It was even alleged that a French man had murdered his whole family after drinking Absinthe. In reality, he had consumed a massive quantity 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 commonalities with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was forbidden and made unlawful in France in 1915 and im a great many other countries at around the same time frame. Oddly enough, it was never restricted in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
Lots of people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was found that drinking Absinthe was just as safe as ingesting any strong spirits, and liquor with a high alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe comprised only very small quantities of thujone. Absinthe was, thus, made legal again in lots of 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 permits the sale of Absinthe with trace amounts of thujone.
The Absinthe ban intended that many new Absinthe-like products had been created to replace Absinthe, just like Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored liquor. These beverages remain available along with artificial Absinthes that have been made for the US market. If you wish real Absinthe you will need an Absinthe which contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that provides Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Search for Absinthes that have real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and that may be mixed with vodka or Everclear to produce your individual bottled Absinthe. These essences are utilized by the Absinthe industry and can be purchased online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with directions regarding how to utilize them and are to be used with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You just need to be concerned about Absinthe effects if you are intending to take a significant volume of Absinthe. Do not forget that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it without excess!