Gone are the days when Absinthe was thought to cause hallucinations, people these days just drink it as part of an active nightlife. Although it contains a chemical called thujone, Absinthe will not cause psychedelic effects and cannot be compared to cannabis, LSD and other drugs. The drink of the Green Fairy will not make you see fairies and will not make you think that you can fly, whatever the likes of rock musicians, artists and writers say. So, what does a Absinthe buzz feel like?
What does a Absinthe buzz feel like?
Here are some answers. This is a list of descriptions of the Absinthe buzz according to Absinthe drinkers:-
– The first sip of Absinthe makes your tongue tingle and then go numb.
– Absinthe opens your mind to new ideas and concepts.
– Absinthe gives you heightened awareness.
– A “clear headed” drunkenness, clarity, lucidity.
– A drunkenness without a loss of control.
– “Brain-warming, idea-changing liquid alchemy” – Ernest Hemingway.
– The effect of “illuminating the mind” – French doctor 1872.
– “The darkest forest melts into an open meadow” Arthur Rimbaud explaining the effects of drinking a glass of Absinthe.
– Heightened senses.
– The feeling that it evaporates through the roof of your mouth.
Absinthe is unlike any other alcoholic beverage because it is a herbal liquor. Its unique blend of herbs with high proof alcohol mean that it is a curious mixture of sedatives and stimulants. Many people comment that they do not have a hangover after getting drunk on Absinthe.
Absinthe was banned in the early 1900s in many countries because it was thought to be dangerous. The prohibition movement, wine producers and the medical profession all claimed that Absinthe was like a drug and that it made people hallucinate and drove them to insanity. Thujone, the chemical found in wormwood, was blamed. Thujone was said to be similar to THC in cannabis and to be psychoactive and to cause psychedelic effects. We now know that thujone is not like THC and, although thujone can cause convulsions and spasms when ingested in large amounts, Absinthe only contains very small amounts of thujone – not enough to have any effect whatsoever.
Thujone levels in commercial Absinthe is controlled in most countries. The EU limit thujone levels to up to 10mg/kg in alcohol with an abv of over 25% and to up to 35mg/kg in “bitters”. The USA requires beverages to be “thujone free” but this just means containing less than 10mg/kg of thujone.
Some people argue that Absinthe is dangerous, after all, the news that Absinthe is safe seems to be coming from the distillers. Isn’t this just like Al Gore’s speech in 2000 about the dangers of drugs but not even mentioning the dangers of alcohol, which many people feel wasn’t mentioned because the alcohol industry fund political campaigns. Should we really believe Ted Breaux, distiller of Lucid, who claims that even pre ban Absinthe contained only trace amounts of thujone? Is Absinthe really safe or will it give me more than a buzz and drive me insane?
The answer to these questions is that Absinthe IS safe. In 2005 a German food safety group tested pre ban Absinthe and came up with the same results as Breaux. Absinthe was vindicated. Absinthe is intoxicating and will give you a different intoxication than you get from other alcohol, but it is not a drug.
What does an Absinthe buzz feel like? Most people agree that it heightens the senses and gives you a clarity of mind. Find out for yourself by drinking best quality bottled Absinthe or by making your own from essences like those from AbsintheKit.com. Just don’t overdo it!