Effects Of Absinthe
Absinthe Myths Dispelled
Green Fairy - Deadly Seductress?
For over 100 years, absinthe has been demonized with myths and fallacies that have made it one of the most misunderstood spirits of all time. Today we will spend a little time examining the untruths, where they originated and hopefully set the record straight once and for all.
There is no liquor available today with a darker, more mysterious history than absinthe. There are literally hundreds of stories, mostly from centuries ago, about absinthe's hallucinogenic properties, high thujone absinthe and the most popular story of all concerning Effects Of Absinthe, Thujone And Wormwood the effect absinthe has on the human brain. Read on to see how absinthe has been denounced for over a century and retained its curious, dark legacy....
Absinthe And Hallucinations
Likely the most popular misconception about absinthe is that it causes hallucinations. To put it plainly, this is simply untrue. These claims are believed to have originated from two notable sources. First, when people trying to cash in on absinthe's popularity began to produce absinthe in their bathtubs, they improperly distilled their bootleg liquor leaving impurities in the drink that caused hallucinations and poisonings. It is also known that unscrupulous absinthe producers used copper sulfate to produce the green color in their absinthe and antimony trichloride to make the drink cloudy when water was added.
There was also a well known Doctor payed by the wine industry to vilify absinthe. A French psychiatrist named Dr. Valentin Magnan wanted to show, through scientific methods, absinthe was the root of French society’s downward spiral. He experimented with animals using wormwood and thujone extracts. He found mice that were fed thujone in high concentrations died from convulsions. In one of his experiments, he gave a dog a large dose of wormwood oil causing it to act irratically barking at a wall. Some people believe this is the root of the absinthe hallucination myth. Today we know that there is nothing in absinthe that will cause hallucinations of any sort.
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High Thujone Absinthe
Another common misconception is the more thujone an absinthe has, the higher the wormwood/absinthe effect will be. The marketing of an absinthe according to its thujone level is simply a clever sales technique. As a matter of fact, if an absinthe advertises its thujone level, it will most likely taste extra bitter due to the increased wormwood content. Thujone is believed to be just one of the many constituents of absinthe responsible for the absinthe effect. Don't buy into this myth. Choose your absinthe according to recommendations from others who have tried it.
When choosing an absinthe, more important than the amount of thujone is the taste and aroma. BAse you decision on how much you will enjoy the absinthe not how much supposed effect it may have. See also Thujone Concentration & Absinthe.
Many have felt what is known as the absinthe effect. Often described as a beautiful experience of heightened sensations and mental clarity. Colors become more vivid, music sounds better, food tastes better etc. The best description relates it to a feeling of experiencing life in HD. Many past and present artists and musicians use absinthe as it brings creativity and comprehension to a razor sharp state. Thought to be the result of wormwood (thujone) and other herbs in absinthe, it is something you must feel to fully understand.