It is not easy to believe on so many contradictory Absinthe informations.
Misleading Absinthe Information
One book “Absinthe The Cocaine of the 19th Century: A History of the Hallucinogenic Drug and its Effect on Artists and Writersin Europe and the United States” by Doris Lanier, compares Absinthe to drugs such as cocaine because it was said to be addictive, to give a sense of euphoria, have psychedelic effects and weaken the brain and other faculties.
At the end of the 19th century and early 20th century Absinthe became well known to the people. People used illegal drugs of today at that time for medicine, on prescription for coughs etc. Even in drinks. The well known drinks in bars were Absinthe, Vin Maraiani and Coca Cola. The Europeans used these drugs and drinks regularly.
Absinthe was well known with Bohemian artists and writers to help their creativity and with the prostitute of the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre.
Wormwood contains thujone which was thought to be psychoactive and alike THC in the drug cannabis. THC affects the central nervous system whereas thujone affects the GABA receptors in the brain. A person can have hallucinations and fantasies, euphoric feeling, relieve from pain and an aphrodisiac with the over dose of wormwood.
In the beginning of 1900s Absinthe was banned along with some drugs in many countries around the world. We now know that its ban was just part of the hysteria of the time. Drugs like heroin (the White Fairy), cannabis and cocaine were lumped with Absinthe and also lots of people and websites mention it as magic mushrooms, LSD, weed, cannabis and ecstasy.
Absinthe Information – What we now know
We know that medical studies on Absintheand wormwood in the past were not accurate and were “colored” by the prohibition movement of the time and the worry that Absinthe was a drug. Recent studies have shown that Absinthe, once it is distilled, only contains very small amounts of thujone – not enough to cause any harmful side effects or hallucinations, that is just a myth. Vintage pre ban Absinthe do not contained any thujone content. A person would die of alcohol poisoning long before suffering any side effects from thujone.
Absinthe can now be enjoyed in bars and in homes across the world as it is authorized in most of the countries.
However it may not make trip or get high, it is easy to get drunk on Absinthe because of it’s high proof. The alcohol content in it is double in comparison to spirits like vodka or whisky so care should be taken when drinking it. A person drinking Absinthe will experience intoxication different from other spirits or fermented beverages. It is said to be a “lucid” or “clear headed” type of drunkenness. The blend of herbs and the alcohol can explain this. These qualities are also enhanced by preparing cocktails containing Absinthe and the caffeine loaded drink!
Anyone can be confused by believing on some of the misleading Absinthe information. A person can have entertainment while making this herbal alcoholic drink. A person can also enjoy making his very own wormwood Absinthe at home by using real, top-quality Absinthe essences.A person can enjoy Absinthe in an economical way on AbsintheKit.com.