The effects of absinthe or perhaps the recognized effects of absinthe were responsible for the massive popularity absinthe enjoyed in Europe around the nineteenth century. The effects of absinthe also added onto the drink’s aura and mystery. The general public discourse of the effects was very exaggerated that absinthe was eventually banned from Europe and US for the majority of part of the 20th century.
However, absinthe has produced an excellent comeback in Europe with many countries lifting the ban on absinthe after new studies indicated that it does not contain high numbers of harmful chemicals which could potentially impair mental performance activity. In 19th century Europe, absinthe was virtually worshipped due to its mind opening features. Absinthe has had an extremely long romantic connection to the art world. It was not unusual to find great writers and painters consuming absinthe in cafes and having animated discussions on a variety of issues.
Absinthe has something that no other liquor has; it provides each drinker a clear headed kind of inebriation. This is certainly surprising given the fact that it contains an extremely high number of alcohol, usually in the range of 50% to 70%. People expect to feel drunk due to the high alcohol content, but alternatively there’s a bizarre clearness of thought. This is the property of absinthe that motivated 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 professed that absinthe lights up the mind and unlocks innovative powers.
Part of the fun is with the elaborate ritual you need to follow to prepare an absinthe drink. The most amazing effect is that even if you feel drunk and your body gets slightly impaired as it happens with almost every other alcoholic beverage your thoughts remains sharp and clear. You are able to feel, taste, listen, and smell much better than before and amazingly colors seem brighter than normal.
Absinthe is made of herbs, and wormwood is one of the main herbs utilised in its making. Thujone, a substance which is naturally found in absinthe is accountable to the effects of absinthe. How thujone generates such effects remains unknown. What thujone does is that it removes the blocks within the mind and senses thus making it possible for the mind and the senses to work at full efficiency. Our subconscious and conscious consciousness start to come together thus enhancing our innovative, perceptive, and cognitive abilities.
Contemporary science agrees that thujone as well as other ingredients in absinthe improve the intellectual functions of the brain. However, it is very important to realize that the effects don’t last long and because absinthe has high alcohol content our recommendation is that it be drunk carefully. Absinth should never be drunk neat. To experience the pleasing absinthe effects it needs to be sipped slowly.
Ingesting, possessing, and developing absinthe is currently legal in the European Union. However, production and sale of absinthe in the US remains to be not allowed but drinking and ownership of absinthe is not a crime. People in America can buy absinthe online from non-US producers.