Absinthe Effects


The effects of absinthe or maybe the perceived effects of absinthe were responsible for the huge popularity absinthe experienced in Europe during the nineteenth century. The effects of absinthe also added to the drink’s aura and mystery. The public discourse of the effects was extremely overstated that absinthe was inevitably banned from Europe and US for almost all part of the twentieth century.

However, absinthe has produced an effective comeback in Europe with many countries lifting the ban on absinthe after new studies indicated that it does not contain high quantities of harmful chemicals that could potentially impair your brain activity. In 19th century Europe, absinthe was just about worshipped for its mind opening qualities. Absinthe has had a very long romantic link with the art world. It had not been unusual to discover great writers and painters having absinthe in cafes and having animated 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 can be surprising given the fact that it has an extremely significant number of alcohol, usually within the range of 50% to 70%. People expect to feel drunk given the high alcohol content, but alternatively they’ve got a bizarre lucidity of thought. It’s 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 reported that absinthe illuminates the mind and unlocks creative powers.

Part of the fun is in the elaborate ritual you must follow to prepare an absinthe drink. The most amazing effect is that even though you feel drunk as well as your body gets slightly impaired as it occurs with any other alcoholic beverage your mind remains sharp and clear. You can actually feel, taste, listen, and smell better than before and surprisingly colors seem brighter than usual.


Absinthe is made of herbs, and wormwood is one of the main herbs used in its making. Thujone, a substance that’s naturally present in absinthe is liable for the end results of absinthe. How thujone produces such effects continues to be unknown. What thujone does is that it removes the blocks inside the mind and senses thus making it possible for the mind and the senses to operate at full ability. Our subconscious and conscious awareness begin to come together thus enhancing our imaginative, perceptive, and intellectual abilities.

Modern day science agrees that thujone and other ingredients in absinthe increase the intellectual functions of the brain. However, it is very important to understand that the effects don’t go very far and because absinthe has high alcohol content it is recommended that it be drunk sparsely. 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. Nevertheless, production and sale of absinthe in the United States is still prohibited but drinking and possession of absinthe is not a crime. People in America can purchase absinthe on the web from non-US producers.