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.
Absinthe became popular at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, a time known as “The Great Binge”. Several today’s illegal drugs like crack cocaine, morphine and heroin were in use by normal everyday people at this time. In drinks also. Absinthe, Vin Maraiani and Coca Cola were a few famous drinks in bars. These drugs and drinks were claimed to be harmless and were widely consumed all over Europe.
Due to it’s popularity with Bohemian artists and writers and with the courtesans of the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre Absinthe was linked with these drugs.
Thujone was claimed both psychoactive and similar to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in the drug cannabis. The essential oils contain THC and Thujone which affects the central nervous system and the GABA receptors in the brain respectively. The heavy amount of wormwood intake causes hallucinations and fantasies, make the person feel euphoric, relieve pain and act as an aphrodisiac.
Absinthe was banned along with some drugs in the early 1900s and was made illegal to buy and sell in many countries around the world. Banning it was just a part of the hysteria of the time. Most of the people and websites are there today who mention Absinthe in the same sentence 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. Even tests on vintage pre ban Absinthe has shown that it hardly contained any thujone at all. Thujone is not so harmful as the alcohol.
As many countries has authorized Absinthe so it can now be drunk anywhere across the world.
Even though it may not make you trip or get high, it is easy to get drunk on Absinthe because of its high proof. It has twice the alcohol content of spirits such as vodka or whisky so care should be taken when drinking it. The intoxication experienced from Absinthe is very different from other spirits or fermented beverages. It is said to be a “lucid” or “clear headed” type of drunkenness. This can be described by the blend of herbs and the alcohol. These qualities are also enhanced by preparing cocktails containing Absinthe and the caffeine loaded drink!
The false Absinthe information can create confusion to a person. There is fun to make this great anise flavor herbal alcoholic beverage. 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.