Effects of Absinthe Unveiled

The end results of Absinthe are well known. Ask anyone regarding Absinthe and they can remember Absinthe as being the green liquor which was notoriously banned all over the world mainly because it drove individuals to insanity. Many of these individuals have never tried Asbinthe and cannot comment therefore.

Absinthe was at first developed as being an elixir or tonic by a doctor in the Swiss town of Couvet. Dr Ordinaire made it out from a selection of herbs known for their medicinal attributes. His recipe ultimately got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who manufactured Absinthe from a wine base and absinthe-recipe put in herbal ingredients such as aniseed, wormwood, hyssop, fennel, star anise, angelica root, lemon balm, nutmeg, juniper and dittany. Other makers used different types of herbs in combination with Pernod’s recipe, herbs like calamus root and mint.

The Green Fairy, or Absinthe, was given to French soldiers in the 1840s to deal with malaria and became favored by the troops who brought it home along with them where it grew very popular in bars in France. A number of bars even had Absinthe hours – L’heure vert – the green hour.

The Absinthe Ritual was a significant part of the pleasure of drinking Absinthe. Absinthe was served in bars in unique Absinthe glasses using an Absinthe spoon, a sugar cube and ice cold water. The barman or waiter would work with a carafe or fountain to drip the water over the sugar on the spoon and the customer would observe the Absinthe louche as the water mixed with the liquor.

Absinthe became a popular drink amongst the artists and writers of the Bohemian portion of Paris – Montmartre. Artists and writers, such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Degas, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde and also Gauguin, all reported that Absinthe gave them their genius and inspiration. Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers are highlighted in many art pieces like Albert Maignan’s “Green Muse” from 1895 displaying an Absinthe drinker with a fairy (the green fairy) and Degas’ “L’Absinthe” from 1876.

Oscar Wilde had written “After the first glass of Absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”

Others have described the results of drinking Absinthe being a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness and this could be because Absinthe consists of both sedatives and stimulants.

Effects of Absinthe as well as the Ban

Absinthe was famously suspended in France in 1915 and several other countries all over the world also banned it. The prohibition campaigners had been able to convince the French government that Absinthe will bring about the country’s demise and that prolonged drinking of Absinthe, Absinthism, caused the next effects:-

– Hallucinations
– Super excitability
– Deterioration of the intellect
– Insanity
– Brain deterioration
– Lack of control

The chemical thujone, found in one of several vital ingredients of absinthe, wormwood, was thought to be like THC within the drug cannabis. Thujone was speculated to be a neurotoxin, to be psychoactive and to result in psychedelic effects. The wormwood in Absinthe was held responsible for Van Gogh’s suicide as well as for a man killing his family.

Many studies have indicated that thujone should be consumed in considerable amounts to result in such nasty effects so when Ted Breaux, Absinthe producer and creator of the “Lucid” brand, screened bottles of vintage pre-ban Absinthe he discovered that Absinthe only comprised minute levels of thujone. Absinthe has therefore been legalized in many countries now.

Absinthe is primarily alcohol and is an incredibly strong spirit, about two times as strong as other sorts of spirits such as whisky and vodka. It might therefore be virtually impossible to ingest a substantial amount of thujone as you may not be capable of consume so much alcohol and still be capable to drink!

The consequences of Absinthe are truly just stories, part of the myth and legend that is all around this glorious drink. Try quite a few yourself by ordering a bottle of real wormwood Absinthe online or by making your own personal through the use of Absinthe essences via AbsintheKit.com.