What is the Absinthe Effect? Many rumors exist and it is hard to tell what is reality and truth and what is myth about the Absinthe effect. Let us start with a little historic fact, which is responsible for the drug like image Absinthe has. On August 28 1905 a french vineyard worker called Jean Lanfray commited a crime that should change the World of Absinthe. A true story about an untrue characteristic of the Absinthe effect. He worked in the little village of Commugny, Switzerland. On that particular day he woke up at 4.30 in the morning, as usual. He startetd into the day with his usual eye opener: One glass of Absinthe, to which he added in the traditional sense three parts cold water (For the Absinthe Ritual you also use an Absinthe spoon for that). Before the day was over Jean Lanfray would have commited a series of horrible murders, and, ultimately, he would be responsible for the fall down of a 100.000.000 $ Absinthe industry. This guy was a tough, strong worker. He weighed about 180 punds. He was nearly six feet tall and was in good health. Lanfray was a frenchman by birth. He had served in the French army. There he had learned two things. How to kill a man, and how to drink Absinthe.
Among 15 herbs in Absinthe are dried wormwood leaves, a natural plant which is known for its very, very bitter taste. The plant grows about three feet high and is botanically related to the South Western sagebrush. The german noun for wormwood is Wermut., or vermouth. The latin word is artemisia absinthium. For many years french physicians and biologists had regarded the wormwood plant as highly poisonous. Responsible is thujon, the oil of the wormwood plant which is in high doses poisonous to your nerves.
On August 28, the 31 year old Lanfray got dressed and was looking for his shoes. He lived together with his wife and two children. During the past years the couple had been constantly quarreling - about money, men and Jean´s drinking habits. The day before the murder Lanfray wanted to have his shoes waxed by his wife. He yelled: "Don´t forget to wax my boots. And make it good, you hear".
This little order should start the murder. As his shoes weren´t waxed the next day Lanfray put out his gun and shot his wife and his two children. Afterwards he tried to kill himself, but had no success. Lanfray went on trial on February 23, 1906. The defense maintained that he had been in a state of absinthe induced delirium when he killed and therefore he was not mentally responsible for the murders. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. This is a very hard and sad story, but actually the press and lobbyist used this accident to blame Absinthe for all the crime and poverty in the world. With succces. Absinthe got prohibited in France in the year 1914 and in Switzerland in 1910.
So what can I think about Absinthe and its effect. is it a drug, does it make you insane? To put it in a nutshell. Absinthe is not a drug! It can cause a mental activation, and like all drugs (take alcohol, cigartettes) can be bad for your health when you consume too much of it. But you have to drink gallons of Absinthe to have a negative effect to your health. And in case of the Lanfray murder. This guy drank wine, coffee with cognac and much more alcohol during the day. Absinthe was just one part of it. His alcoholism was the case for the murder, not Absinthe! But Absinthe was blamed, as during that time alcohol was generally considered as bad for society (time of the prohibition in the USA for example). And Absinthe was perfect as a scapegoat, it was a high proof liquor and a threat for the wine industry. They didn´t want to have a second national drink in France or Switzerland and therefore actively worked against the reputation of Absinthe. The Absinthe effect nowadays can be described as a mental physical activator. It increases your awareness and creativity. You will not get insane, it is just a positive mood you are set in to.Make your own experience about the Absinthe effect. Order your bottle of absinthe at ALANDIA. The best place to buy Absinthe online.
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