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Absinthe thujone


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Absinthe thujone is the chemical found in Absinthe’s vital ingredient, the plant called Common Wormwood, or Artemisia Absinthium to give it its botanical name. The chemical thujone was partly accountable for Absinthe being banned in the early 1900s in lots of countries around the globe and thujone is still tightly regulated today, especially in the United States (or states united).

Thujone was considered to be similar to THC present in cannabis and Absinthe was speculated to be psychoactive and have psychedelic absinthe spoons outcomes causing hallucinations and insanity. Absinthe has been popular with the Bohemian set in Montmartre in Paris and lots of artists and also writers claimed that Absinthe, the Green Fairy, gave them inspiration and their genius. Famous Absinthe drinkers include Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, Baudelaire and Verlaine. Some state that Van Gogh’s madness was due to Absinthe and that he cut off his ear under its influence. Absinthe was even blamed for a man murdering his family, despite the fact that he had eaten many other strong alcoholic drinks right after the Absinthe.

Prohibition campaigners utilised news of the murder to campaign for the banning of Absinthe and held accountable France’s growing problems of alcoholism on the emerald liquor.

Is Absinthe thujone Unsafe?

Today’s research suggests that it was actually the alcohol (ethanol) content of Absinthe that was dangerous instead of the thujone. Absinthe is two times as strong as spirits like whisky and vodka and can be 75% alcohol. Care should therefore be taken whenever ingesting Absinthe. Thujone is simply contained in minute quantities and must therefore trigger no major side effects or health issues. The EU stipulates that alcohol based drinks with an ABV {alcohol by volume) level above 25% may only consist of a maximum of 10mg/kg of thujone, beverages classed as “bitters” can easily contain around 35mg/kg, it is not entirely clear which class Absinthe fits into but most brands of Absinthe have much under 35mg with many being below 10mg/kg. In the US it is just legal to purchase or sell Absinthes with trace amounts of thujone.

High doses of thujone may be harmful causing convulsions but you must drink a great deal of Absinthe to use that amount of thujone also it would be impossible to drink that amount, you would be comatose from alcohol before then!

Absinthe Elements

It is stated that Henri-Louis Pernod, who owned the very first Absinthe distillery, used the herbs wormwood, aniseed, fennel, lemon balm, hyssop, angelica root, dittany, star anise, nutmeg, juniper and also veronica to produce his famous Pernod Absinthe. The essential oil from all of these herbs is in charge of La Louche, the clouding which happens when water is combined with Absinthe. These herbs specially the aniseed and anise lead to the distinctive aniseed or licorice flavor of Absinthe and wormwood is responsible for the bitter flavor. Absinthe is oftentimes utilized as bitters in cocktails.

There are lots of brands of Absinthe or Absinthe substitutes which were developed throughout the ban and therefore contain no Absinthe thujone or perhaps wormwood, but some would say that Absinthe is not Absinthe without Absinthe thujone and the bitter taste of wormwood. If you’d like real Absinthe look for brands containing wormwood or Absinthe thujone.