In the early 1900s Absinthe was banned in many countries but has now been legalized in most countries because tests has proved it’s safety. "Where is Absinthe legal” is answered in this article?" The current legislation is explained.
Absinthe, also known as the Green fairy or La Fee Verte, is high proof but is usually served diluted with water which causes the louche effect - the clouding that happens when water is added to the alcohol.
Absinthe is a strong liquor with an anise taste. During La Belle Epoque period in French history and in the Great Binge a time when cocaine, cannabis and heroin were used in drinks and children’s medicine before the dangers were known Absinthe was a popular beverage.
Due to containing thujone Absinthe was associated with the drug cannabis. The thujone content of wormwood is responsible for the name and bitter taste of Absinthe. Absinthe was claimed to have high quantities of thujone and reason behind psychedelic effects. The amounts of wormwood is very small in today’s Absinthe and also in the pre ban Absinthe.
Absinthe and thujone containing drinks were banned in the United States in 1912. It became a crime to buy or sell Absinthe in the USA although people managed to get Absinthe shipped in to the US from other countries for personal consumption.
The restrictions done on Absinthe was not proper in the US. There should be no thujone content in the tested beverages as per law but test equipment claims Absinthe to be "thujone free" if it has 10 parts per million or less of thujone. This law reveals that most of the brands of today’s Absinthe are perfectly legal in the US. Lucid and many other brands became legalized in the United States during the year 2007.
The EU authorized Absinthe with a thujone content of 10mg/kg and bitters with up to 35mg/kg. All the Absinthe lovers were glad to here this news in Europe.
In Australia Absinthe with a thujone content of up to 35mg/kg is legal and other beverages can contain up to 10mg/kg.
Absinthe with up to 10mg/kg thujone and with less than 55% abv is authorized in Brazil.
Every Canadian province has their own legislation concerning Absinthe. Many provinces do not allow any thujone containing alcohol to be sold but Absinthe is legal in British Columbia, where there is no regulation limit, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Absinthe with up to 10mg/kg thujone is legal in Quebec and Ontario.
The Czech Republic has always been popular for it’s Absinthe and it’s Absinthe bars. Czech Republic has never banned Absinthe.
According to the law passed in 1988 thujone beverages excluding Absinthe that accord with EU laws can be sold in France. France has authorized up to 5mg/liter of fenchone in drinks.
Absinthe became legal again in 2004 in Hungary.
Israel - Absinthe is legal for sale in Israel.
Absinthe can be bought from other countries for personal consumption but it is not legal for sale within Ireland.
In Netherlands Absinthe must meet EU requirements.
New Zealand - Absinthe is legal in New Zealand.
Absinthe was always authorized in Portugal.
Absinthe with high thujone are also available in Russia.
Serbia - Serbia does not seem to allow Absinthe containing thujone or above 50% abv to be sold.
South Africa has authorized Absinthe in the year 2005.
Sweden - Absinthe has to be labeled as containing wormwood and must comply with EU legislation.
Switzerland - After over 90 years of being illegal, Absinthe was finally legalized in its home country in 2005.
Absinthe was always legal in UK. Absinthe must comply with EU legislation.
Care is needed while ordering Absinthe online because there are many fake Absinthes which were created in countries where thujone was banned. In order to experience the real taste of Absinthe, you need to find a good quality wormwood Absinthe or make your own using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are pre distilled and manufactured from traditional Absinthe herbs including wormwood. A person only needs to mix the essence with vodka or Everclear! These essences can be taken anywhere in the world?" A person can make Absinthe by himself. One can search the details on the Internet.
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