Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is well known across the world for its vibrant background and the mysterious myths that revolve around it.
Absinthe was made in Switzerland in the eighteenth century as an elixir or tonic. Its major element, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine for thousands of years in the following ways:-
– As being a tonic
– To counteract poisoning caused by hemlock and toadstools
– To stimulate digestion
– To take care of 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 linked with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre part of Paris – home to many artists and writers. Many famous artists and writers like Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway relied on the effects of Absinthe saying that it freed their minds and motivated them. Some point out that Van Gogh chop off his ear while under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Lots of people started to believe that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and envigorating effects and can cause violence and madness. It was even believed that a French man had murdered his whole family after ingesting Absinthe. In reality, he had consumed a vast amount 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 resemblances with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was forbidden and made unlawful in France in 1915 and im a number of other countries at around the same time frame. Oddly enough, it was never banned in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
Many people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was discovered that drinking Absinthe was just as safe as drinking any strong spirits, and liquor with a substantial alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe comprised only very minute quantities of thujone. Absinthe was, thus, made legal again in several countries in the 1990s. EU legislation suggests that bottled Absinthe can just 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 supposed that many new Absinthe-like products had been manufactured to replace Absinthe, like Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored liquor. These beverages remain available together with artificial Absinthes that have been created for the US market. If you would like real Absinthe you need an Absinthe which contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, which gives Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Look for Absinthes that have real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and which can be mixed with vodka or Everclear to make your very own bottled Absinthe. These essences are utilized by the Absinthe industry and might be purchased online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with guidelines regarding how to make use of them and are to use with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You just need to be concerned about Absinthe effects if you are going to take a significant portion of Absinthe. Keep in mind that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it without excess!