Benefits Of Absinthe Wormwood

Absinthe wormwood is normally Artemisia Absinthium or Grand Wormwood which is actually a variety of wormwood which does not contain a vast amount of the chemical thujone. A few brands of Absinthe use Roman Wormwood which also contains thujone in addition to Grand Wormwood so drinks with two types of wormwood may contain more thujone. Thujone amounts can differ between brands significantly, some Absinthes only have negligible amounts of thujone, whereas others have up to 35mg/kg. Absinthe with thujone content is restricted in the USA.

Why is there controversy about Absinthe Wormwood?

From a very long time common wormwood is being used in medicine. One has used it :-
– To counteract poisoning caused by toadstools and hemlock.
– As a tonic.
– Fever can be reduced.
– One can use it as a stimulant to digestion.
– To deal with parasitic intestinal worms.
Wormwood gives Absinthe it’s bitter taste, green color and it’s name. One can see the famous “louche” effect caused by the essential oils when water is added to the drink.
Due to the harmful effects of thujone Absinthe was restricted in many countries. Thujone was claimed to have psychoactive and psychedelic effects and also an hallucinogen and Absinthe drinking was linked with violent crimes, serious intoxication, insanity. Absinthe was claimed to be responsible for the murder of a french family though the killer was actually an alcoholic who consumed plenty of other alcohols after the Absinthe!
Being a trendy Bohemian drink this was drunk by various writers and artists avd was restricted at once. Absinthe was unauthorized in many European countries and in the USA but was always authorized in the UK, Spain, Portugal or the Czech Republic.

Absinthe Wormwood Revival

There was never any real evidence linking Absinthe drinking to hallucinations or insanity and it is now known that Absinthe is no worse than any other highly alcoholic drink. Absinthe contains twice the alcoholic content than other drinks so one should be careful while consuming it but Absinthe wormwood is not claimed to be harmful. The consumption of decent amount of Absinthe can make a person feel a funny lucid or clear headed type of drunkenness.

In the 1990s Absinthe was legalized in many countries which gave rise to a renewed interest in Absinthe drinking. There are many different types and brands of Absinthe available to buy and buyers can even order Absinthe essence, to make their own Absinthe, online from companies like

Absinthe Wormwood is still the most important ingredient in Absinthe today but thujone content is strictly regulated in the European Union (no more than 10mg/kg) and the United States where only trace amounts are allowed. Absinthe containing real wormwood and herbs is important for a person.