Realizing What are the Effects of Absinthe?

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

Absinthe is a mythical drink with lots of legends and stories encircling it. Developed in Switzerland as an elixir by Dr Pierre Ordinaire, it quickly became a top selling alcoholic drink when Henri-Louis Pernod started out distilling it in France. The fact is, it overtook beer, cider as well as wine as being the most desired drink in France at that time known as La Belle Epoque, the golden age prior to the First World War.

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

So, what are the effects of Absinthe?

Absinthe was well-known while in the time generally known as “The Great Binge”, a time when beverages made up of cocaine were popular as well as the time when heroin was thought safe for use in medicine. It was linked to these particular drugs and was considered to be psychoactive and also to cause:-

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

Artists and also writers used Absinthe in order to get inspiration and many declared it was responsible for their genius.

Absinthe, so the prohibition led men and women to believe, was going to drive the French people insane, cause them to become immoral and cause the collapse of the land. Doctors analyzed wormwood and thujone, the substance from wormwood , on animals and claimed that it was like cannabis and therefore it triggered epileptic fits and the prohibition activity blamed Absinthe for resulting in a man to murder his whole family, despite the fact that he had only used two glasses of Absinthe and copious sums of other alcoholic beverages. Absinthe has also been famously held responsible for Van Gogh cutting off his own ear as well as for his suicide.

Absinthe was considered to contain immeasureable thujone, up to 350mg per liter but advanced tests on authentic vintage bottles have proven that claims about thujone levels as well as the safety of Absinthe were completely false. Absinthe only contained really small amounts, up to 6mg, inadequate to cause a person to even hallucinate a bit. Research has shown that Absinthe is simply as safe just like any other powerful alcoholic drink.

I’m afraid that Absinthe can’t help you to see green fairies however it is an incredibly strong drink, as much as 75% alcohol by volume, therefore will get you drunk so quickly and easily. Also the strange mixture of alcohol and herbs will provide you with a strange drunken encounter, a “lucid” or “clear headed” drunkenness – a totally new experience!

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