Distinguishing Absinthe Wormwood

Absinthe wormwood is normally Artemisia Absinthium or Grand Wormwood that’s actually a number of wormwood which does not consist of a vast amount of the chemical thujone. A few brands of Absinthe make use of Roman Wormwood, Artemisia Pontica, along with Grand Wormwood and this sort of wormwood also contains thujone absinthe distiller, so drinks with two kinds of wormwood could have more thujone. Thujone amounts may differ between brands substantially, some Absinthes only have negligible amounts of thujone, whereas others have as much as 35mg/kg. Only Absinthe which has negligible quantities of thujone is legal for sale in the USA simply because thujone is an outlawed food additive there.

Why is there controversy with regards to Absinthe Wormwood?

Common Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium, is a plant which was used in medicine for thousands of years. It’s been used:-
– To deal with poisoning due to toadstools and hemlock.
– As a tonic.
– To lessen a fever.
– Being a catalyst to digestion.
– To treat parasitic intestinal worms.

It is the herb Wormwood which supplies Absinthe its bitterness, its green color as well as name. The essential herbal oils in Absinthe are usually accountable for the famouse “louche” effect, the cloudy that occurs when water is added to the drink.

Absinthe was banned in the early 1900s in several countries because of the alleged harmful effects of the substance thujone, found in Wormwood extract. Absinthe drinking was connected to violent crimes, severe intoxication, madness and thujone was considered to have psychoactive and psychedelic effects and to be a hallucinogen. It was even claimed that a french man killed his whole family after drinking Absinthe – he was actually an alcoholic who consumed copious amounts of other alcohol after the Absinthe!

From becoming a trendy Bohemian drink enjoyed by many writers and artists, such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde, it had been instantly a banned and illegal drink. It was prohibited in numerous European countries and also in the USA but never was suspended in the UK, where it had never been popular, Spain, Portugal or the Czech Republic.

Absinthe Wormwood Revival

Clearly there was no real evidence connecting Absinthe drinking to hallucinations or insanity and it is now regarded that Absinthe is no worse than every other highly alcoholic drink. Absinthe has roughly two times the alcoholic content of spirits like whisky and vodka therefore ought to be consumed in moderation, but Absinthe wormwood is not considered to be harmful. Many Absinthe drinkers do report feeling an interesting lucid or clear headed sort of drunkenness when consuming a bit too much Absinthe – this may be because of the mixture of the sedative effects of a number of the herbs (and the alcohol content) and the stimulating effects of the Wormwood and other herbs.

Since Absinthe was legalized in many countries in the 1990s there has been a renewed interest, a resurgence, in Absinthe drinking. There are several types and brands of Absinthe available for sale and buyers may even order Absinthe essence, to create their own Absinthe, online from manufacturers like AbsintheKit.com.

Absinthe Wormwood is still the most significant element in Absinthe today but thujone content is firmly regulated in the European Union (not more than 10mg/kg) and the United States where only trace sums are allowed. Try to find Absinthes that contain real wormwood and herbs not artificial flavors.