The effects of absinthe or perhaps the perceived effects of absinthe were the reason for the massive popularity absinthe enjoyed in Europe in the nineteenth century. The effects of absinthe also added to the drink’s aura and obscurity. The general public discourse of the effects was so exaggerated that absinthe was ultimately banned from Europe and US for almost all part of the twentieth century.
However, absinthe has made an excellent comeback in Europe with most countries lifting the ban on absinthe after new studies indicated that it doesn’t contain high quantities of harmful chemicals which could potentially impair the brain activity. In 19th century Europe, absinthe was practically worshipped due to its mind opening characteristics. Absinthe has had a really long romantic link to the art world. It wasn’t unusual to find great writers and painters having absinthe in cafes and having animated discussions on numerous issues.
Absinthe has something that hardly any other alcoholic beverage has; it gives the drinker a clear headed type 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 because of the high alcohol content, but alternatively they’ve got a bizarre lucidity of thought. It is this property of absinthe that prompted the famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud to comment “the darkest forest melts into an open meadow” following a glass of the green fairy. Many have claimed that absinthe illuminates your mind and unlocks imaginative powers.
Part of the fun is within the elaborate ritual you must follow to prep an absinthe drink. The most beautiful effect is the fact that even if you feel drunk as well as your body gets slightly impaired as it happens with almost every other alcoholic drink your brain remains sharp and clear. You can actually feel, taste, listen, and smell much better than before and amazingly colors seem brighter than normal.
Absinthe consists of herbs, and wormwood is among the main herbs used in its making. Thujone, an ingredient that’s naturally found in absinthe is accountable to the end results of absinthe. How thujone produces such effects remains unknown. What thujone does is that it removes the blocks inside the mind and senses thus allowing the mind and the senses to function at full ability. Our subconscious and conscious awareness start to come together thus improving our creative, perceptive, and intellectual abilities.
Modern day science agrees that thujone along with other ingredients in absinthe improve the mental functions of the brain. However, it is very important to understand that the effects don’t last for very long and since 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.
Consuming, possessing, and manufacturing absinthe is currently legal in the European Union. However, production and sale of absinthe in the United States continues to be prohibited but drinking and acquisition of absinthe is not a crime. People in the USA can get absinthe on the web from non-US producers.