Recognizing What are the Effects of Absinthe?

Since Absinthe is once more legal in several countries around the world, people are asking “What are the effects of Absinthe?”, “Will it cause me to trip or hallucinate?”, “Will I see the Green Fairy?”.

Absinthe is a mythical drink with lots of legends and stories encompassing it. Produced in Switzerland as an elixir by Dr Pierre Ordinaire, it quickly became a well known alcoholic drink when Henri-Louis Pernod began distilling it in France. In fact, it overtook beer, cider and also wine as being the most popular drink in France in the period called La Belle Epoque, the golden age before the First World War.

Famous drinkers of the Green Fairy consist of Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso as well as Oscar Wilde who said “After the first glass of Absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”

Pernod made Absinthe coming from a wine base and flavored it with natural herbal ingredients for instance wormwood, fennel, aniseed, star anise, veronica, dittany, lemon balm, hyssop, nutmeg, angelica as well as dittany. A few manufacturers used supplemental herbs for instance coriander, calamus root as well as mint.

So, what are the effects of Absinthe?

Absinthe was well-liked during the time generally known as “The Great Binge”, a period when beverages containing cocaine were popular as well as the time when heroin was believed safe to use in medicine. It was associated with these types of drugs and was considered to be psychoactive and to cause:-

– Hallucinations
– Hyper excitability
– Convulsions and spasms
– Worsening of the intellect
– Insanity
– Addiction
– Brain damage
– Violence
– Death

Artists as well as writers ingested Absinthe in order to get inspiration and many said that it was accountable for their genius.

Absinthe, so the prohibition led customers to believe, was going to drive the French people crazy, make them immoral and result in the collapse of the country. Doctors tested wormwood and thujone, the chemical from wormwood , on animals and reported that it was like cannabis and that it caused epileptic fits and the prohibition activity charged Absinthe for causing a man to murder his entire family, regardless that he had only used two glasses of Absinthe and copious amounts of other alcoholic beverages. Absinthe was also famously held responsible for Van Gogh cutting off his own ear as well as for his suicide.

Absinthe was considered to contain immeasureable thujone, as much as 350mg per liter but high tech tests on original vintage bottles have shown that claims about thujone levels and the safety of Absinthe were totally false. Absinthe only comprised really small amounts, approximately 6mg, insufficient to result in anyone to even hallucinate a little bit. Studies show that Absinthe is equally as safe as any other powerful alcoholic drink.

I’m afraid that Absinthe will not help you to see green fairies but it is a very strong drink, nearly 75% alcohol by volume, and thus can get you drunk so quickly and easily. Also the mysterious combination of alcohol and herbs will provide you with a weird drunken encounter, a “lucid” or “clear headed” drunkenness – a totally new experience!

So, what are the effects of Absinthe? Well, there are no bad effects except maybe a hangover if you drink too much. Absinthe is a drink to be enjoyed and to make you feel good. Buy good quality Absinthe that contains real wormwood or create your own with essences from and enjoy the great taste of the Green Fairy.