Recognizing What are the Effects of Absinthe?

Since Absinthe is once again legal in many countries all over the world, everyone is asking "What are the effects of Absinthe?", "Will it cause me to trip or hallucinate?", "Will I see the Green Fairy?".

Absinthe is actually a mythical drink with many legends and stories encompassing it. Produced in Switzerland as an elixir by Dr Pierre Ordinaire, it swiftly 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 desired drink in France at that time called La Belle Epoque, the golden age prior to the First World War.

Famous drinkers of the Green Fairy 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 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 created Absinthe from a wine base and flavored it with natural herbal ingredients like wormwood, fennel, aniseed, star anise, veronica, dittany, lemon balm, hyssop, nutmeg, angelica and dittany. A few manufacturers used additional herbs such as coriander, calamus root as well as mint.

So, what are the effects of Absinthe?

Absinthe was well-known during the time often known as "The Great Binge", a time when beverages containing cocaine were popular and also the time when heroin was believed safe to use in medicine. It was associated with these particular drugs and was regarded as psychoactive and to cause:-

- Hallucinations
- Hyper excitability
- Convulsions as well as spasms
- Worsening of the intellect
- Insanity
- Addiction
- Brain damage
- Lack of control
- Death

Artists and also writers consumed Absinthe to help them get inspiration and many declared that it was responsible for their genius.

Absinthe, therefore the prohibition led individuals to believe, would definitely drive the French people mad, cause them to become immoral and cause the collapse of the land. Doctors examined wormwood and thujone, the compound from wormwood , on animals and reported that it was similar to cannabis and that it brought on epileptic fits and the prohibition activity charged Absinthe for resulting in a man to murder his whole family, regardless that he had only taken two glasses of Absinthe and copious amounts of other alcohol-based drinks. Absinthe was also famously held accountable for Van Gogh cutting off his own ear and for his suicide.

Absinthe was thought to contain huge amounts of thujone, as much as 350mg per liter but high tech tests on authentic vintage bottles have proven that claims about thujone levels as well as the safety of Absinthe were completely false. Absinthe only comprised very tiny amounts, up to 6mg, insufficient to result in a person to even hallucinate a little bit. Studies have shown that Absinthe is equally as safe just like any other powerful alcoholic drink.

I'm afraid that Absinthe can't help you to see green fairies but it's a very strong drink, as much as 75% alcohol by volume, therefore will get you drunk so quickly and simply. Also the strange combination of alcohol and herbs will provide you with an odd drunken experience, a "lucid" or "clear headed" drunkenness - a completely new experience!

So, what are the effects of Absinthe? Well, there won't be bad effects except maybe a hangover if you drink too much. Absinthe is a drink to enjoy and to make you feel good. Buy good quality Absinthe containing real wormwood or make your own with essences from and relish the great taste of the Green Fairy.