The effects of absinthe or maybe the perceived 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 obscurity. The general public discourse of the effects was extremely exaggerated that absinthe was eventually banned from Europe and US for most part of the twentieth century.
However, absinthe has created a successful comeback in Europe with most countries lifting the ban on absinthe after new studies indicated that it does not contain high levels of harmful chemicals which could potentially impair your brain activity. In nineteenth century Europe, absinthe was essentially worshipped for its mind opening attributes. Absinthe has had a very long romantic link with the art world. It had not been unusual to find great writers and painters having absinthe in cafes and having lively discussions on various issues.
Absinthe has something that no other liquor has; it provides the drinker a clear headed form of inebriation. This is surprising given the fact that it contains an extremely high percentage of alcohol, usually in the range of 50% to 70%. People expect to feel drunk because of the high alcohol content, but instead they have a bizarre lucidity of thought. This is the property of absinthe that encouraged the famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud to comment “the darkest forest melts into an open meadow” after having a glass of the green fairy. Many have reported that absinthe lights up your mind and unlocks creative powers.
Part of the fun is with the elaborate ritual you need to follow to make an absinthe drink. The most amazing effect is the fact that even though you feel drunk as well as your body gets slightly impaired as it occurs with every other alcoholic drink your thoughts remains sharp and clear. It is possible to feel, taste, listen, and smell much better than before and amazingly colors seem brighter than usual.
Absinthe consists of herbs, and wormwood is among the main herbs utilised in its making. Thujone, a substance that’s naturally contained in absinthe is responsible for the effects of absinthe. How thujone creates such effects stays unknown. What thujone does is it removes the blocks in the mind and senses thus enabling the mind and the senses to operate at full ability. Our subconscious and conscious awareness start to work together thus improving our innovative, perceptive, and intellectual abilities.
Contemporary science agrees that thujone and other ingredients in absinthe improve the intellectual functions of the brain. However, you will need to understand that the effects don’t last long and because absinthe has high alcohol content it is recommended that it be drunk sparingly. Absinth should never be drunk neat. To experience the pleasing absinthe effects it should be sipped slowly.
Ingesting, possessing, and processing absinthe is now legal in the European Union. Nonetheless, production and sale of absinthe in the US continues to be not allowed but drinking and acquisition of absinthe is not a crime. US citizens can buy absinthe on the internet from non-US producers.