Understanding The Physical Effects Of Absinthe

There are several people who are unaware of the effects of Absinthe? Due to restrictions on Absinthe in 1900s most of the have never tasted it.

Absinthe is an anise flavored distilled alcoholic beverage prepared with a wine base and flavored with herbs. One can distill Absinthe with the use of herbs like common wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), aniseed and fennel.

Absinthe was made by Dr Pierre Ordinaire, in Couvet, Switzerland. It was prepared by him as a medicine for his patients. Henri-Louis Pernod managed to get hold of the recipe and started making Absinthe in Couvet and then in Pontarlier, France.

French soldiers used Absinthe to treat malaria. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries it became the favorite drink of the French. Along with France Absinthe became well known in several other countries.

Absinthe was served with apparel such as a special Absinthe glass, a slotted Absinthe spoon and an Absinthe fountain or carafe of iced water. It was served diluted with a sugar and water solution.

An article from “Sweat” magazine “Battle Cry” from the 1960s talks of how the medical profession in France were concerned about Absinthism, a “disease” caused by prolonged Absinthe drinking. Doctors claimed that it was far worse than normal alcoholism and had the following symptoms:-

Initial Symptoms after consuming Absinthe:-

– A feeling of exhilaration
– Hallucinations
– Restless nights with terrible nightmares can become the problem of the drunker
– There can be problems of nausea and vomiting
– Trembling
– Dizziness

Symptoms of long term Absinthe abuse:-

– Frothing and convulsions
– Delirium
– Problems of hypersensitivity to pain
– One can suffer with loss of libido
– Feeling of hot and cold
– Insanity
– Paralysis
– Death

The French Academy of Medicine asked that Absinthe be forbidden in 1900 but their pleas were ignored. Due to the murder of a family by an Absinthe drinker in Switzerland in 1905 the governments acted against it. Absinthe was unauthorized in Switzerland, Italy and France in 1908, 1913 and 1915 respectively.

According to the belief thujone caused the Absinthe’s physical effects. It was assumed that thujone was a psychoactive, a neurotoxin and active on the GABA receptors in the brain. People thought it to be same as THC in the drug cannabis.

However, recent research with traditional pre ban Absinthe recipesand gas chromatography  tests on vintage bottles of original Absinthe have all shown that, contrary to belief, Absinthe only contained a maximum of 6mg of thujone rather than 350mg which is what people believed it contained. One had never find this amount of thujone near a harmful level.

Many now believe that Absinthe was unfairly blamed and that Absintheis no more dangerous than any other strong liquor. The consumption of it should be done with care and in balanced amount because it has a high alcohol by volume.

Learning the physical effects of Absinthe?

Bottled Absinthes or stronger Absinthes made using kits available from AbsintheKit.com can cause physical effects.To know about a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness go to AbsintheKit.com. This may occur because of blend of herbs in Absinthe. The herbs used are either stimulants or sedatives.

Information about the physical effects of Absinthe? Besides a clear headed drunkenness there is also a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment.