The effects of absinthe or maybe the perceived effects of absinthe were responsible for the huge popularity absinthe experienced in Europe in the nineteenth century. The effects of absinthe also added onto the drink’s aura and mystery. The general public discourse of the effects was so overstated that absinthe was eventually banned from Europe and US for most part of the 20th century.
However, absinthe has produced a successful comeback in Europe with a lot of countries lifting the ban on absinthe after new studies indicated that it does not contain high numbers of harmful chemicals which could potentially impair your brain activity. In 19th century Europe, absinthe was virtually worshipped for its mind opening features. Absinthe has had an extremely long romantic connection to the art world. It wasn’t unusual to discover great writers and painters drinking absinthe in cafes and having lively discussions on numerous issues.
Absinthe has something which hardly any other alcoholic beverage has; it gives the drinker a clear headed form of inebriation. This is surprising given the fact that it has a very significant number of alcohol, usually within the range of 50% to 70%. People expect to feel drunk due to the high alcohol content, instead they have a bizarre lucidity 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” after having a glass of the green fairy. Many have claimed that absinthe lights up the brain and unlocks innovative powers.
Part of the fun is in the elaborate ritual you have to follow to make an absinthe drink. The most amazing effect is always that even though you feel drunk plus your body gets slightly impaired as it occurs with any other alcoholic drink your thoughts remains sharp and clear. It is possible to feel, taste, listen, and smell much better than before and surprisingly colors seem brighter than normal.
Absinthe is made of herbs, and wormwood is among the main herbs utilized in its making. Thujone, an ingredient that is naturally found in absinthe is accountable to the end results of absinthe. How thujone creates such effects continues to be a mystery. What thujone does is it removes the blocks in the mind and senses thus enabling the mind and the senses to operate at full efficiency. Our subconscious and conscious consciousness begin to come together thus strengthening our imaginative, 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 important to understand that the effects don’t last long and since absinthe has high alcohol content it is recommended that it be drunk moderately. Absinth should never be drunk neat. To experience the pleasing absinthe effects it ought to be sipped slowly.
Drinking, possessing, and developing absinthe is now legal in the European Union. However, production and sale of absinthe in the US remains to be banned but drinking and ownership of absinthe isn’t a crime. Us residents can purchase absinthe on the web from non-US producers.