Absinthe is now perfectly legal in many countries around the world but why were Absinthe and Absithe kits banned at all?
Why France Banned Absinthe?
France is wrongly known as the home of Absinthe but Absinthe was actually created in Switzerland at the end of the 18th century. It soon reached the zenith of popularity in France and Switzerland in the 19th century and early 20th century, before the start of the First World War. It is a herbal alcoholic beverage flavored primarily with wormwood.
Absinthe is associated with many great writers and artists who claimed that it gave them inspiration. Personalities those who appreciated Absinthe included bigwigs like Oscar Wilde and Van Gogh.
Absinthe or the Green Fairy (La fee verte) became even more popular than fermented types of beverages such as beer and cider and upset wine producers by replacing wine as the most popular alcoholic drink. Absinthe’s popularity lead to blamed for France’s growing alcoholism problem and Doctors and prohibitionists claimed that Absinthe was as bad as cannabis, that it was psychoactive and caused convulsions, hallucinations, insanity, brain damage and death. It was also blamed for loose morals and for damaging French society.
After the heinous murder of a whole family by a known Absinthe drinker, prohibitionists convinced the government that Absinthe was a danger. Absinthe received a banned in France in 1915 and in many other countries in the early 1900s.
Absinthe substitutes and Absinthe styles of drinks such as Pernod Pastis and Ricards were developed to market to those missing the taste of Absinthe.
Thujone is a monoterpene a key ingredient in Absinthe, and it was this chemical that was blamed for the dangerous effects of Absinthe. It was thought to be similar to THC, the chemical found in cannabis.
Thujone is shows toxicity however does affect the GABA receptors of the brain but only when consumed in LARGE quantities. It was perceived that pre ban Absinthe had up to 350mg of thujone per liter, but this has now been proved false. Tests on vintage bottles of Absinthe showed up to 6mg of thuejone - a very small amount and not enough to give any psychedelic or harmful effects.
Such tests and other research, articles and studies have shown that Absinthe is just as safe as any other drink with a high alcohol content.
Thujone content is regulatede in the EU and U.S. EU law will only allow beverages labeled "bitters" to contain up to 35mg per kg and alcoholic beverages with an ABV (alcohol by volume) over 25% to contain up to 10mg per kg of thujone.
US government permits10 parts per million of thujone in beverages.
Then, if Absinthe is as safe as any other spirit then why did doctors say it was dangerous and why was Absinthe banned? The reasons:-
– Mass hysteria - Absinthe was thought to be like - cocaine and heroin.
– Wine producers afraid of the the fall in popularity of wine.
– Unreliable medical research.
Culture of Montmartre links to the Absinthe are ns and Bohemian.
– Prohibitionists looking to ban alcohol containing beverages taking help of excuses.
Why Many Countries Banned Absinthe? A combination of politics, lies, myths and misunderstandings was the reason.
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