Absinthe wormwood is normally Artemisia Absinthium or Grand Wormwood which is actually a variety of wormwood which doesn’t have a large amount of the substance thujone. Some brands of Absinthe make use of Roman Wormwood, Artemisia Pontica, in addition to Grand Wormwood and this form of wormwood also contains thujone absintheflavoring, so drinks with two types of wormwood might have more thujone. Thujone amounts may differ between brands significantly, some Absinthes only have negligible levels of thujone, whereas others have up to 35mg/kg. Only Absinthe which includes negligible amounts of thujone is legal for sale in the USA because thujone is an outlawed food additive presently there.
Why is there controversy concerning Absinthe Wormwood?
Common Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium, is a plant which was utilized in medicine since ancient times. It has been used:-
– To counteract poisoning caused by toadstools and hemlock.
– As a tonic.
– To reduce temperature.
– Being a stimulant to digestion.
– To take care of parasitic intestinal worms.
It is the herb Wormwood which gives Absinthe its bitterness, its green colour and its name. The essential herbal oils in Absinthe also are accountable for the famouse “louche” effect, the cloudy that takes place when water is added into the drink.
Absinthe was forbidden during the early 1900s in several countries because of the alleged side effects of the chemical substance thujone, seen in Wormwood extract. Absinthe drinking was connected to violent crimes, significant intoxication, insanity and thujone was considered to have psychoactive and psychedelic effects as well as to be a hallucinogen. It was even claimed that a french man wiped out his whole family after drinking Absinthe – he was in fact an alcoholic who ingested copious amounts of other alcohol after the Absinthe!
From being a trendy Bohemian drink enjoyed by many writers and artists, such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde, it had been instantly a suspended and illegal drink. It was prohibited in a lot of European countries and in the USA but has never been suspended in the UK, where it had never been popular, Spain, Portugal or the Czech Republic.
Absinthe Wormwood Revival
There was clearly never any real evidence connecting Absinthe drinking to hallucinations or insanity and it is now known that Absinthe isn’t any worse than some other highly alcoholic drink. Absinthe has roughly two times the alcoholic content of spirits including whisky and vodka and thus must be consumed sparingly, but Absinthe wormwood is not believed to be harmful. Many Absinthe drinkers do report feeling a funny lucid or clear headed type of drunkenness when consuming a bit too much Absinthe – this may be because of the combination of the sedative effects of a few of the herbs (and the alcohol content) and the stimulating outcomes of the Wormwood along with other herbs.
Since Absinthe was legalized in several countries during the 1990s there has been a renewed interest, a resurgence, in Absinthe drinking. There are numerous types and brands of Absinthe for sale and buyers may also order Absinthe essence, to create their particular Absinthe, online from companies like AbsintheKit.com.
Absinthe Wormwood remains to be the most significant ingredient in Absinthe today but thujone content is firmly regulated in the European Union (no greater than 10mg/kg) and the United States where only trace volumes are permitted. Look for Absinthes that have real wormwood and herbs not synthetic flavors.