The effects of absinthe or perhaps the perceived effects of absinthe were accountable for the massive popularity absinthe enjoyed in Europe in the nineteenth century. The effects of absinthe also added onto the drink’s aura and obscurity. The public discourse of the effects was so exaggerated that absinthe was eventually banned from Europe and US for the majority of part of the 20th century.
However, absinthe has created an excellent comeback in Europe with many countries lifting the ban on absinthe after new studies showed that it doesn’t contain high levels of harmful chemicals which could potentially impair mental performance activity. In nineteenth century Europe, absinthe was virtually worshipped for its mind opening qualities. Absinthe has had an extremely long romantic link with the art world. It was not unusual to find great writers and painters drinking absinthe in cafes and having lively discussions on various issues.
Absinthe has a thing that hardly any other liquor has; it provides each drinker a clear headed form of inebriation. This is certainly surprising since it contains an incredibly high number of alcohol, usually within the range of 50% to 70%. People expect to feel drunk due to the high alcohol content, instead they’ve got a bizarre clarity of thought. It is this property of absinthe that motivated the famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud to comment “the darkest forest melts into an open meadow” after a glass of the green fairy. Many have claimed that absinthe fires up the brain and unlocks creative powers.
Part of the fun is with the elaborate ritual you must follow to prepare an absinthe drink. The most beautiful effect is the fact that although you feel drunk as well as your body gets slightly impaired as it happens with almost every other alcoholic beverage your thoughts remains sharp and clear. It is possible to feel, taste, listen, and smell better than before and amazingly colors seem brighter than usual.
Absinthe consists of herbs, and wormwood is one of the main herbs used in its making. Thujone, a substance that is naturally found in absinthe is accountable to the effects of absinthe. How thujone produces such effects continues to be unknown. What thujone does is it removes the blocks in the mind and senses thus allowing the mind and the senses to work at full ability. Our subconscious and conscious consciousness start to work together thus improving our creative, perceptive, and cognitive abilities.
Modern science agrees that thujone along with other ingredients in absinthe increase the mental functions of the brain. However, it is very important to understand that the effects don’t go very far and given that absinthe has high alcohol content our recommendation is that it be drunk carefully. Absinth should not be drunk neat. To have the pleasing absinthe effects it should be sipped slowly.
Drinking, possessing, and manufacturing absinthe is currently legal in the European Union. However, production and sale of absinthe in the US is still prohibited but drinking and acquisition of absinthe isn’t a crime. People in America can purchase absinthe on the internet from non-US producers.