There is so much contradictory Absinthe information available online and in books, it’s hard to know what to believe.
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.
During the 19th and 20th century Absinthe became popular all over the world. This was a time in history when many of today’s illegal drugs like crack cocaine, morphine and heroin were developed and used by normal everyday people for medicine, on prescription for coughs etc. In drinks also. Bars used to sell Absinthe, Vin Maraiani and Coca Cola. As these drugs and drinks were all thought to be harmless so they were widely consumed throughout Europe.
Absinthe was linked with these drugs because of its popularity with Bohemian artists and writers and with the loose morals of the courtesans of the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre.
Thujone was also claimed to be psychoactive and same as THC in the drug cannabis. The essential oils contain THC which affects the central nervous system and thujone which affects the GABA receptors in the brain. The effects of wormwood is similar to cannabis intoxication when smoked as a joint or consumed in large amount.
Absinthe was banned along with some drugs in the early 1900s in most of the countries all over the world. Everyone knows that it was banned due to madness 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. The thujone content in Absinthe is so less that it cannot have any dangerous effects. Even tests on vintage pre ban Absinthe has proved that it hardly contained any thujone at all. Before suffering from thujone a person would die of alcohol poisoning.
As many countries has authorized Absinthe so it can now be drunk anywhere across the world.
It is easy to get drunk on Absinthe because of it’s high proof. Due to the double quantity of the alcohol content in it one must take care when consuming it. The alcoholism experienced by Absinthe is far 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!
Anyone can be confused by believing on some of the misleading Absinthe information. However, it is a great tasting herbal alcoholic beverage which is fun to prepare and has a great anise flavor. One can get real, top-quality Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com to prepare his own wormwood Absinthe at home.One can enjoy Absinthe on less expense at AbsintheKit.com.