Discovering How To Measure Thujone Levels in Absinthe

There is much controversy concerning the amounts of the psychoactive chemical thujone in Absinthe and so many people wish to know how to measure thujone levels in Absinthe that they have made at home. It’s impossible to do this at home if you don’t have the right equipment and know what you are doing. Thujone levels can be measured by solid phase removal and gas chromatography.

What is Thujone?

For those who have no idea, thujone is a substance located in the herb common wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) and in earlier times was thought to be psychoactive like THC within the drug cannabis. In large doses it was considered to have psychedelic effects, to result in convulsions, insanity, brain damage, and finally death. The alleged effects of thujone along with the proven fact that Absinthe was an intoxicant, being this kind of strong liquor, were enough for the prohibition movements in France, the United States and other countries to persuade governments to ban Absinthe.

Recently, studies have shown that thujone would need to be consumed in large quantities to result in any harmful side effects, so Absinthe with 10mg of thujone per liter or less was legalized in the European Union Many people in the USA were disappointed that legalization failed to occur at the same time in the United States. The United States required that alcoholic drinks should really be “thujone free”.

Lux and Fire Erowid contacted the two FDA and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to seek clarification on the laws surrounding the Green Fairy and thujone. The FDA used a fairly outdated indicator test to test for the presence of thujone, not proper analytical chemistry. The TTB explained that wormwood products should be thujone free which meant a lot less than the limit of detection – 10 ppm (parts per million).

Ted Breaux, an Absinthe distiller, analyzed his collectibles, antique vintage bottles of Absinthe, for thujone levels by utilizing gas chromatography and was amazed at their low thujone levels. It was always believed that vintage pre ban Absinthe covered 260-350mg of thujone per liter, Breaux discovered that the highest reading from the vintage bottles was 6mg per liter – an extremely small amount. Also, he analyzed the Absinthes of his Jade collection in which he’d put a “full measure” of wormwood, and discovered that after distillation that these also contained only tiny quantities of thujone.

Absinthe and the United States 2007

Breaux and the company Veridian developed an Absinthe called “Lucid” and made it possible to prove to the FDA and TTB it contained less than 10 ppm of thujone. Lucid started sale in the US in 2007 and was quickly followed by a number of other brands of Absinthe. Americans is now able to experience the taste of Absinthe at home and in bars through the entire US.

Does Absinthe Have Got Effects?

The thujone content in Absinthe isn’t high enough to cause hallucinations, but Absinthe is a very strong alcoholic liquor, up to 75% abv. It isn’t supposed to be taken straight or on the rocks. The proper way to provide Absinthe is to pour a shot in an Absinthe glass and water down with iced water poured above a cube of sugar.

It is easy to get drunk really quickly when drinking Absinthe due to its strength, however the drunkenness connected with Absinthe drinking is very distinctive from getting drunk on beer, wine or cider. A few of the herbs in Absinthe acts as a sedative but some as a stimulant so you experience a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness – an odd experience!

Absinthe Kits and Thujone Amounts

It isn’t important to know how to measure thujone levels in Absinthe if you utilize kits that contains quality essences, like those from, where thujone levels within the essences already are measured for you. These essences are really simple to use. They’re already distilled, you just need to mix with Everclear or vodka to make your individual real wormwood Absinthe.