The effects of Absinthe are infamous. Absinthe is popular in the whole world for its colorful history and the mysterious myths that surround it.
In Switzerland in the 18th century Absinthe was manufactured as an elixir or tonic. Its main ingredient, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine since ancient times in the following ways:-
– As a tonic
– Methods to prevent poisoning caused by hemlock and toadstools
– For stimulating digestive system
– Also used in treating parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe started to be distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the 19th century and became famous in La Belle Epoque period and linked with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris - home to many artists and writers. Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway are among the famous artists and writers who relied on the effects of Absinthe. Many people assume that Van Gogh cut off his ear under the influence of the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
A large number of people assumed that Absinthe was harmful and could give rise to violence and madness. According to a description a French man had murdered his whole family after drinking Absinthe. After drinking the Absinthe an individual must had consumed sufficient quantity of other alcoholic beverages.
The Absinthe effects were blamed on the wormwood extract in the drink which contained a chemical called thujone. Thujone had qualities same as TCH. In France and many other countries Absinthe was banned and made illegal during the year 1915. It was used frequently in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
Many people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was found that drinking Absinthe was just as safe as drinking any strong spirits, and liquor with a high alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe contained only very minute quantities of thujone. Due to this reason Absinthe was made legal again in many countries in the 1990s. EU legislation means that bottled Absinthe can only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only allows the sale of Absinthe with trace amounts of thujone.
To satisfy people’s appetite for an anise flavored alcoholic beverage various new Absinthe-like products had been prepared. These beverages are still available along with artificial Absinthes which have been created for the US market. A real Absinthe is that which contains the vital ingredient, wormwood for giving Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Look for Absinthes which contain real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and which can be mixed with vodka or Everclear to produce your very own bottled Absinthe. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and can be bought online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with instructions of using them and should be used with Absinthe spoon and glass.
Before drinking a significant amount of Absinthe one must worry about it’s effects. The drinking amount of the Absinthe should be appropriate because it is too strong from whisky!
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