Everyone knows about the infamous effects of Absinthe. Absinthe is well known for its colorful history and the mysterious myths that surround it.
Absinthe was produced as an elixir or tonic in Switzerland in the 18th century. The herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) which is main ingredient of it has been used in medicine in various form since ancient times
– Similar to a tonic
– Compensating poisoning caused by hemlock and toadstools
-Used to stimulate digestion
– Known treatment of parasitic intestinal worms.
During the 19th century Absinthe started to be distilled and sold by Pernod and became famous in La Belle Epoque period and linked with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris. Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway are among the famous artists and writers who relied on the effects of Absinthe. Due to the influence of the Green Fairy Absinthe Van Gogh cut off his ear.
Many people began to think that Absinthe was harmful because of the effects caused by it. According to a description a French man had murdered his whole family after drinking Absinthe. In fact, he had consumed a vast amount of other alcoholic beverages after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were blamed on the wormwood extract in the drink which contained a chemical called thujone. Thujone are similar to TCH. Absinthe was banned and made illegal in France in 1915 and im many other countries at around the same time. It was always free 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. Because of this reason Absinthe was made legal again in many countries in the 1990s. According to EU legislation bottled Absinthe can only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone EU legislation means that bottled Absinthe can only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only allows 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, such as Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic beverage. These beverages are still sold along with artificial Absinthes which have been prepared for the US market. A real Absinthe is that which contains the vital ingredient, wormwood for giving Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. One should buy Absinthes or Absinthe essences containing wormwood and which can be mixed with vodka or Everclear to produce one’s very own bottled Absinthe. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and can be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. Instructions on how to use are available with them and Absinthe spoon and glass is required to use them.
One must think about Absinthe effects if drinking it in heavy amount. As Absinthe is twice strong than whisky so one should drink it in moderation!