Absinthe thujone

Absinthe thujone is the chemical found in Absinthe’s essential ingredient, the plant called Common Wormwood, or Artemisia Absinthium to give it its organic name. The chemical thujone was to some extent responsible for Absinthe being banned during the early 1900s in many countries around the globe and thujone is still tightly regulated these days, particularly in the United States (or states united).

Thujone was considered to be just like THC found in cannabis and Absinthe has been purported to be psychoactive and have psychedelic www.absinthe-spoons.com outcomes causing hallucinations and insanity. Absinthe was popular with the Bohemian set in Montmartre in Paris and several artists and 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 say 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, even though he had consumed a great many other strong alcoholic refreshments after the Absinthe.

Prohibition campaigners utilised news of the murder to campaign for the banning of Absinthe and blamed France’s growing problems of alcohol dependency on the emerald liquor.

Is Absinthe thujone Hazardous?

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 any time ingesting Absinthe. Thujone is merely obtained in minute quantities and must therefore trigger no major side effects or even health problems. The EU stipulates that alcohol based drinks with an ABV {alcohol by volume) level above 25% may only contain a maximum of 10mg/kg of thujone, beverages classed as “bitters” can contain up to 35mg/kg, it is not entirely clear which class Absinthe suits but most brands of Absinthe have much lower than 35mg with many being beneath 10mg/kg. In the US it is only legal to buy or sell Absinthes with trace amounts of thujone.

High doses of thujone may be harmful causing convulsions but you would have to drink a lot of Absinthe to use that quantity of thujone plus it will be impossible to drink that amount, you’d be comatose from alcohol before then!

Absinthe Compounds

It is stated that Henri-Louis Pernod, who owned the first Absinthe distillery, employed the herbs wormwood, aniseed, fennel, lemon balm, hyssop, angelica root, dittany, star anise, nutmeg, juniper and veronica to make his famous Pernod Absinthe. The fundamental oil from these herbs is responsible for La Louche, the clouding which occurs when water is put into Absinthe. These herbs particularly the aniseed and anise are responsible for the distinctive aniseed or licorice style of Absinthe and wormwood is liable for the particular bitter flavor. Absinthe is usually employed as bitters in cocktails.

There are numerous brands of Absinthe or Absinthe substitutes which were developed in the bar and therefore contain no Absinthe thujone or perhaps wormwood, but a majority of people would say that Absinthe is not Absinthe without Absinthe thujone and the bitter taste of wormwood. If you would like real Absinthe look for brands containing wormwood or Absinthe thujone.