Absinthe effects are well known. Absinthe is well known throughout the world for its colourful history and the mysterious myths that encircle it.
Absinthe was made in Switzerland in the 18th century as an elixir or tonic. Its primary ingredient, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine since ancient times in the following ways:-
– As a tonic
– To counteract poisoning brought on by hemlock and toadstools
– To stimulate digestion
– To treat parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe started to be distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the nineteenth century and became famous in La Belle Epoque period and associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris – home to numerous artists and writers. Many famous artists and writers like Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway depended on the outcomes of Absinthe saying that it freed their minds and encouraged them. Some say that Van Gogh chop off his ear while under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
A lot of people begun to think that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and can cause violence and insanity. It was even assumed that a French man had murdered his whole family after drinking Absinthe. In truth, he had taken an enormous amount of other alcoholic beverages after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were attributed to the wormwood extract in the drink which comprised a chemical called thujone. Thujone had similarities with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was restricted and made illegal in France in 1915 and im a number of other countries at around the same time frame. Oddly enough, it was by no means prohibited 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 consuming any strong spirits, and liquor with a significant alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe included only very minute volumes of thujone. Absinthe was, therefore, made legal again in many countries in the 1990s. EU legislation implies that bottled Absinthe could only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only enables the sale of Absinthe with trace amounts of thujone.
The Absinthe ban meant that many new Absinthe-like products had been created to replace Absinthe, like Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored liquor. These beverages remain available along with artificial Absinthes which have been created for the US market. If you would like real Absinthe you need an Absinthe that contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, which gives Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Look for Absinthes that contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and which may be blended with vodka or Everclear to make your very own bottled Absinthe. These essences are utilized by the Absinthe industry and can be purchased online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with guidelines on how to utilize them and are to be used with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You just need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are planning to consume a substantialvolume of Absinthe. Do not forget that Absinthe is doubly strong as whisky and drink it sparingly!