Absinthe is a wonderful anise flavored liquor made from distilling alcohol with a blend of herbs including wormwood. Absinthe is seeing a bit of a revival at the moment. People are searching on the Internet for information about it. They want to know all about it, will it make them hallucinate? Will it drive them insane? Is it safe? How much Absinthe to drink to get hallucinations? How much Absinthe to drink to get drunk?
Absinthe, also known as La Fee Verte or the Green Fairy was distilled by Henri-Louis Pernod in the 19th century in France and became a very popular drink. It was especially popular with the Bohemian culture of Montmartre and artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde who credited it with giving them inspiration and their genius. Prohibition campaigners blamed it for people’s loose morals, widespread alcohol abuse, for causing hallucinations, convulsions and psychedelic effects. Absinthe was even compared to cannabis. But, are all these claims and statements true or are they part of the legend which surrounds the Green Fairy?
How Much Absinthe to Drink to Hallucinate?
Absinthe was banned in the early 1900s because of fears regarding its safety. Dr Valentin Magnan tested Absinthe’s key ingredient, wormwood, on guinea pigs and found that it caused convulsions. He then isolated thujon, a chemical in wormwood, and gave it to dogs. The thujone caused epileptic type fits whereas alcohol just caused drunkenness. He concluded that Absinthe was far more dangerous than fermented beverages like cider, wine and beer.
It was thought that vintage pre ban Absinthe contained as much as 350mg per liter of thujone. Recent tests on vintage bottles of Absinthe and original Absinthe recipes have showed that it actually only contained up to 6mg of thujone per liter! The claims of the prohibition movement seem to be entirely unsourced as are statements and claims featured in the work of doctors such as Magnan.
So, how much Absinthe to drink to hallucinate? Well, it seems that you may die of alcohol poisoning long before suffering any effects from thujone. Most commercial Absinthe contains under 10mg/kg of thujone due to regulations. The herb sage contains far more thujone and nobody hallucinates after eating turkey stuffing at Christmas or Thanksgiving.
How much Absinthe to drink to get drunk
Absinthe is a very strong alcoholic baverage, between 53% abv and 75% abv, so far stronger than spirits like whisky and vodka. If you make Absinthe at home from kits like those on sale at AbsintheKit.com, then the alcohol content will depend on what neutral alcohol base you use.
It should be consumed in moderation as it is very easy to get drunk on Absinthe! Many people describe being drunk on Absinthe as a very different drunkenness – a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This may be because of the blend of herbs used. The alcohol is a sedative but some of the herbs are stimulants so being drunk on Absinthe is very different from being drunk on fermented types of beverages such as cider or beer. You will certainly start to feel rather drunk after 3 or more glasses.
How much Absinthe to drink to hallucinate? You will never hallucinate from Absinthe. How much Absinthe to drink to get drunk? Not much, it is very strong.