Absinthe wormwood is normally Artemisia Absinthium or Grand Wormwood which is actually a variety of wormwood which does not contain a vast amount of the chemical thujone. Roman Wormwood also contains thujone alike the Grand Wormwood so drinks with two types of wormwood may contain more thujone. Thujone amounts can differ between brands significantly, some Absinthes only have negligible amounts of thujone, whereas others have up to 35mg/kg. Only Absinthe which has negligible amounts of thujone is legal for sale in the USA because thujone is an illegal food additive there.
Controversy is there about Absinthe Wormwood?
Common Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium was used for medicinal purpose from Ancient times. One has used it :-
– To decrease poisoning caused by toadstools and hemlock.
– How to use as a tonic .
– Helps in lowering down a fever.
– As a digestive stimulant.
– Parasitic intestinal worms can be treated.
It is the herb Wormwood which gives Absinthe its bitterness, its green color and its name. The essential herbal oils in Absinthe are also responsible for the famous “louche” effect, the cloudy that happens when water is added to the drink.
In the early 1900s Absinthe was banned in many countries because it contained the chemical thujone which has alleged harmful effects. Absinthe drinking was believed to be a danger on a country. A french man killed his whole family after drinking Absinthe and lots of other alcohols for which Absinthe was claimed to be the basic cause!
Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde are among the writers and artists who enjoyed this drink before it was illegalized. Absinthe was never restricted in the UK, Spain, Portugal or the Czech Republic though banned in many European countries.
Absinthe Wormwood Revival
There was never any real evidence linking Absinthe drinking to hallucinations or insanity and it is now known that Absinthe is no worse than any other highly alcoholic drink. As Absinthe has approximately twice the alcoholic content in comparison to other drinks so it should be consumed in moderation but the wormwood in it is not harmful at all. The combination of the sedative effects of some of the herbs (and the alcohol content)and the stimulating effects of the Wormwood and other herbs can make a person feel a funny lucid or clear headed type of drunkenness when consuming heavy dose of Absinthe.
Absinthe drinking became a revival after it’s relegalization in many countries. There are many different types and brands of Absinthe available to buy and buyers can even order Absinthe essence, to make their own Absinthe, online from companies like AbsintheKit.com.
The European Union and the United States allow only trace amounts of thujone which is an important content of Absinthe. One should get Absinthe that contain real wormwood and herbs.