Since Absinthe is once again legal in many countries around the world, people are asking "What are the effects of Absinthe?", "Will it make me trip or hallucinate?", "Will I perhaps see the Green Fairy?".
Absinthe is a drink with many legends and stories surrounding it. Created in Switzerland
as a tonic by Dr Pierre Ordinaire, it quickly became a best selling alcoholic beverage when Henri-Louis Pernod started distilling it in France. It overtook beer, cider and even wine as the most popular drink in France in the period known as La Belle Epoque, the
age leading up to the First World War.
Famous drinkers of Absinthe include Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar
Wilde who said "After the first glass of Absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After a second you see them as they are not. And in the end, you finally see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world."
Pernod made Absinthe from a wine base and flavored it with natural herbal ingredients such as wormwood, fennel, aniseed, star anise, veronica, dittany, lemon balm, hyssop, nutmeg, angelica and dittany. Some manufacturers used additional herbs such as coriander and mint.
So, what are some of the effects of Absinthe?
Absinthe became popular in the time known as "The Great Binge", a time when beverages containing cocaine were popular and the time when heroin was thought safe to use in medicine. No one there was a rise in drug and alcohol addictions. It was linked to other types of drugs and was thought to be psychoactive and to cause:-
– Extreme excitability
– Spasms and convulsions
– Weakening the intellect
– Damage of the brain
Artistic types consumed Absinthe to help them gain inspiration and many artists and writers said they it was responsible for their genius. Famous Absinthe poetry.
The prohibition led people to believe that Absinthe was going to drive the French people immoral and cause the collapse of the nation. Doctors tested wormwood and thujone, the chemical from wormwood , on animals and claimed that it was like cannabis and that it caused epileptic fits and the prohibition movement blamed Absinthe for causing a man to murder his whole family, despite the fact that he had only consumed two glasses of Absinthe and copious amounts of other alcoholic beverages. Drinking Absinthe was also famously blamed for Van Gogh cutting off his own ear and for his suicide.
Absinthe was thought to contain large amounts of thujone, as much as 350 mg per liter but high tech tests on original vintage bottles have proved that claims about thujone levels and the safety of Absinthe were completely false. Absinthe contained a small amounts, up to 6mg, not enough to cause anyone to hallucinate a little. Studies show that Absinthe is just as safe as any other alcoholic drink.
Absinthe will not help you see green fairies but it is very strong drink, up to 75% alcohol — so will get your drunk rather quckly. The mysterious blend of alcohol and herbs will give you a strange drunken experience, a "lucid" or "clear headed" drunkenness - a completely new experience!
So, what are the major effects of Absinthe? There are no bad effects except a hangover if you overdo it. Absinthe is a unique drink to be enjoyed and to make you feel good. Buy high quality Absinthe which contains real wormwood or make your own with essences from AbsintheKit.come and enjoy the exciting taste of the Green Fairy. Absinthe kits are available from http://absinthekit.com/.
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