Everyone knows about the infamous effects of Absinthe. Absinthe is famous throughout the world for its colorful history and the hidden myths.
During 18th century Absinthe was made as an elixir or tonic in Switzerland and was primarity used for treating patients. It’s main ingredient has been used in medicine from ancient times in the following ways:-
– It works as a tonic
– Methods to prevent poisoning caused by hemlock and toadstools
-For encouraging digestion
– To deal with 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. According to many popular artists and writers Absinthe freed their minds and inspired them. Many people assume that Van Gogh cut off his ear under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Several people started thinking that Absinthe was harmful because it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects which could cause violence and mental disorder. It was even described that a French man murdered 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 in France in 1915 and im many other countries at around the same time. 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. The bottled Absinthe which contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone can be sold as per EU legislation.
New Absinthe-like products had been created to replace Absinthe for satisfying people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic beverage. Even today these beverages are available along with artificial Absinthes which have been created for the US market. The vital ingredient and wormwood which gives Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor are the contents of real Absinthe. Absinthes which contain real wormwood or Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and can be mixed with vodka or Everclear is appropriate to produce own bottled Absinthe. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and can be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with instructions of using them and should be used with Absinthe spoon and glass.
Don’t neglect Absinthe effects if intaking a significant amount of Absinthe. Remember that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it in moderation!