Absinthe effects are well known. Absinthe is known throughout the world for its colorful background and the mysterious myths that surround it.
Absinthe was developed in Switzerland in the 18th century as an elixir or tonic. Its main ingredient, 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 due to hemlock and toadstools
– To promote 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 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 well-known artists and writers including Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway depended on the outcomes of Absinthe stating that it freed their minds and inspired them. Some point out that Van Gogh chop off his ear while under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Lots of people begun to feel that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and envigorating effects and could cause violence and madness. It was even claimed that a French man had killed his whole family after consuming Absinthe. In fact, he had consumed a vast quantity of other alcohol-based drinks after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were blamed on the wormwood extract in the drink which included a chemical called thujone. Thujone had resemblances with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was prohibited and made unlawful in France in 1915 and im a great many other countries at around the same time frame. Strangely enough, it was never forbidden in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
A lot of people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was discovered that drinking Absinthe was only as safe as consuming any strong spirits, and liquor with a high alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe included only very minute volumes of thujone. Absinthe was, thus, made legal again in lots of countries in the 1990s. EU legislation means that bottled Absinthe could 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 meant that many new Absinthe-like products had been manufactured to replace Absinthe, just like Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored liquor. These beverages are still available together with artificial Absinthes which were created for the US market. If you want real Absinthe you will need an Absinthe that contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that provides Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Look for Absinthes that contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences that include wormwood and that may be mixed with vodka or Everclear to make your very own bottled Absinthe. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and can be obtained online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with directions regarding how to use them and are to use with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You merely need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are going to use a significant portion of Absinthe. Keep in mind that Absinthe is doubly strong as whisky and drink it without excess!