Distinguishing Absinthe Wormwood

Absinthe wormwood is usually Artemisia Absinthium or Grand Wormwood which is actually a selection of wormwood which doesn't consist of a large number of the chemical thujone. Several brands of Absinthe use Roman Wormwood, Artemisia Pontica, in addition to Grand Wormwood and this form of wormwood also includes thujone absinthe distiller, so drinks with 2 kinds of wormwood might have more thujone. Thujone amounts may vary between brands significantly, some Absinthes only have negligible levels of thujone, whereas others have up to 35mg/kg. Only Absinthe that has negligible amounts of thujone is legal for selling in the USA because thujone is an unlawful food additive at this time there.

Exactly why is there disputes about Absinthe Wormwood?

Common Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium, is a plant which has been used in medicine since ancient times. It's been used:-
- To counteract poisoning brought on by toadstools and hemlock.
- As being a tonic.
- To lessen a fever.
- Being a catalyst to digestion.
- To help remedy parasitic intestinal worms.

It's the herb Wormwood which supplies Absinthe its bitterness, its green colour as well as its name. The essential herbal oils in Absinthe are also responsible for the famouse "louche" effect, the cloudy that takes place when water is added into the drink.

Absinthe was forbidden in early 1900s in lots of countries because of the alleged side effects of the chemical thujone, seen in Wormwood extract. Absinthe drinking was connected with violent crimes, serious intoxication, insanity and thujone was believed to have psychoactive and psychedelic effects and also to be a hallucinogen. It was even claimed that a french man murdered his whole family soon after drinking Absinthe - he was actually an alcoholic who ingested copious quantities of other alcohol after the Absinthe!

From becoming a trendy Bohemian drink enjoyed by many writers and artists, such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde, it was suddenly a prohibited and illegal drink. It was prohibited in a lot of European countries and in the USA but was not ever stopped in the UK, where it had not been popular, Spain, Portugal or the Czech Republic.

Absinthe Wormwood Resurgence

Clearly there was no real evidence relating Absinthe drinking to hallucinations or insanity and it is now regarded that Absinthe isn't any worse than any other highly alcoholic drink. Absinthe has approximately two times the alcoholic content of spirits like whisky and vodka and so must be consumed in moderation, but Absinthe wormwood is not thought to be harmful. Many Absinthe drinkers do report feeling an interesting lucid or clear headed form of drunkenness when consuming a tad too much Absinthe - this might be because of the combination of the sedative effects of a few of the herbs (and also the alcohol content) and the stimulating results of the Wormwood and other herbs.

Since Absinthe was legalized in lots of countries during the 1990s there has been a renewed interest, a revival, in Absinthe drinking. There are numerous types and brands of Absinthe available to buy and buyers may even order Absinthe essence, to produce their own Absinthe, online from businesses like AbsintheKit.com.

Absinthe Wormwood continues to be the most significant component in Absinthe today but thujone content is strictly controlled in the European Union (no more than 10mg/kg) and the United States where only trace volumes are permitted. Try to find Absinthes that contain real wormwood and herbs not artificial flavors.