Here is some genuine absinthe information for those who have still not tasted absinthe or want to know more about absinthe before reaching out for a glass of the “Green Fairy”. Absinthe is an emerald green drink that is made from extracts of various herbs such as Artemisia absinthium or wormwood, fennel, anise, hyssop, angelica root, veronica, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, sage, etc. Absinthe is very bitter due to the presence of absinthin present in wormwood.
Absinthe was the most popular drink in Europe in the nineteenth century and it was especially popular amongst artists and writers. Some of the famous personalities included Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, and Ernest Hemmingway. It was widely believed to be a creative stimulant and was thus preferred by those involved in art and culture.
Absinthe is famous for its unique effects; some have described the effects as hallucinogenic while others describe an overwhelming sense of euphoria after drinking a few glasses of absinthe. What is known is that absinthe is a drink with high alcohol content. Absinthe contains a substance called thujone. Thujone is present in wormwood and is considered to be toxic in its pure form. Thujone is a monoterpene and causes convulsions when taken in high quantities. What action thujone has on the human brain is still not known; however, its chemical structure closely resembles to THC or tetrahydrocannabinol which is the active ingredient in marijuana. This close semblance to THC led many to hypothesize that thujone has similar effects as marijuana.
Absinthe’s effects can be termed mild when compared to the effects of other drugs such as heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, and cannabis. The effects can at best be compared to what an individual would experience if he or she had several shots of liquor, smoked a joint and ate a mushroom cap all at the same time. Due to the high alcohol content in absinthe the person is bound to feel drunk but this inebriation will be clearheaded and the person will feel warm, relaxed and have a slight narcotic buzz.
Thankfully recent studies have found that thujone content in absinthe is not abnormally high. This has resulted in most European countries lifting the ban imposed on absinthe at the turn of the twentieth century. Absinthe is once again legal in most parts of Europe; however, in the united states it is still illegal to produce and sell absinthe with a thujone content of more than 10 parts per million. The best part is that possession and consumption of absinthe is not illegal and you are permitted to drink absinthe if you can lay your hands on a genuine bottle of absinthe.
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