Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is popular in the whole world for its colorful history and the mysterious myths that surround it.
In Switzerland in the 18th century Absinthe was manufactured as an elixir or tonic. There were several ways of using the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) from ancient times
-It can be used as a tonic
– Methods to prevent poisoning caused by hemlock and toadstools
– For stimulating digestive system
– Parasitic intestinal worms are treated by it.
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 linked with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris – home to many artists and writers. Many famous artists and writers including Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway relied on the effects of Absinthe saying that it freed their minds and inspired them. A few people belief that Van Gogh cut off his ear under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Many people began to think that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and could cause violence and insanity. As per description a French man killed his whole family after drinking Absinthe. Other alcoholic beverages must have been taken in decent amount after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were blamed on the wormwood extract in the drink which contained a chemical called thujone. Thujone is a bit similar to TCH that is content of the drug cannabis. Absinthe was banned and made illegal not only in France but also in several other countries in 1915. Interestingly, it was never banned in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
Many people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was found that drinking Absinthe was just as safe as drinking any strong spirits, and liquor with a high alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe contained only very minute quantities of thujone. Hence Absinthe was made legal again in many nations in the 1990s. EU legislation refers that bottled Absinthe having 10mg/kg or less of thujone can only be sold and US law gives the right only to the sale of Absinthe with trace amounts of thujone.
To satisfy people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic beverage various new Absinthe-like products had been prepared. Even today these beverages are available along with artificial Absinthes which have been created for the US market. An Absinthe which contains the vital ingredient and wormwood is the real Absinthe. Absinthes or Absinthe essences that contain wormwood and are soluble with vodka or Everclear can be used to produce bottled Absinthe. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and can be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They are available with instructions on how to use them and Absinthe spoon and glass is necessary for using them.
You only need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are going to consume a significant amount of Absinthe. One should not forget that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and should drink it in moderation!