Analyzing Absinthe Wormwood

Absinthe wormwood is usually Artemisia Absinthium or Grand Wormwood which is actually a number of wormwood which does not contain a large amount of the compound thujone. Some brands of Absinthe use Roman Wormwood, Artemisia Pontica, in addition to Grand Wormwood and this form of wormwood also contains thujone absintheflavoring, so drinks with two kinds of wormwood could have more thujone. Thujone amounts may differ between brands substantially, some Absinthes only have negligible amounts of thujone, whereas others have approximately 35mg/kg. Only Absinthe which has negligible amounts of thujone is legal for selling in the USA because thujone is an illegal food additive at this time there.

Exactly why is there controversy regarding Absinthe Wormwood?

Common Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium, is a plant which was utilized in medicine for thousands of years. It is used:-
- To combat poisoning due to toadstools and hemlock.
- Being a tonic.
- To relieve a fever.
- As being a catalyst to digestion.
- To deal with parasitic intestinal worms.

It is the herb Wormwood which gives Absinthe its bitterness, its green colour as well as name. The essential herbal oils in Absinthe are also the reason for the famouse "louche" effect, the cloudy that happens when water is added on the drink.

Absinthe was prohibited during the early 1900s in lots of countries because of the alleged harmful effects of the substance thujone, present in Wormwood extract. Absinthe drinking was connected to violent crimes, severe intoxication, insanity and thujone was believed to have psychoactive and psychedelic effects and also to be a hallucinogen. It had been claimed that a french man wiped out his whole family after drinking Absinthe - he was actually an alcoholic who ingested copious amounts of other alcohol following the Absinthe!

From becoming a trendy Bohemian drink enjoyed by a lot of writers and artists, like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde, it was abruptly a banned and illegal drink. It was prohibited in a great many European countries and also in the USA but has never been banned in the UK, where it had never been popular, Spain, Portugal or even the Czech Republic.

Absinthe Wormwood Rebirth

Clearly there was never any real evidence linking Absinthe drinking to hallucinations or insanity and it is now known that Absinthe isn't any worse than any other highly alcoholic drink. Absinthe has about two times the alcoholic content of spirits such as whisky and vodka and thus ought to be consumed sparingly, but Absinthe wormwood is not thought to be harmful. Many Absinthe drinkers do report feeling an amusing lucid or clear headed type of drunkenness when consuming a bit too much Absinthe - this could be due to the blend of the sedative effects of a number of the herbs (and the alcohol content) and the stimulating effects of the Wormwood along with other herbs.

Since Absinthe was legalized in many countries during the 1990s there's been a renewed interest, a rebirth, in Absinthe drinking. There are numerous types and brands of Absinthe on the market and buyers can even order Absinthe essence, to make their very own Absinthe, online from companies like AbsintheKit.com.

Absinthe Wormwood is still the most critical element in Absinthe nowadays but thujone content is firmly governed in the European Union (not more than 10mg/kg) and also the United States where only trace volumes are allowed. Try to find Absinthes that have real wormwood and herbs not synthetic flavors.