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Absinthe Effects

Absinthe Effects

Absinthe is a strong anise-flavored spirit that is infused with wormwood and its psychoactive byproduct, thujone.

The powerful green elixir made a name for itself because of its hallucinogenic properties in the past, but because of the potential for such strong absinthe effects, some parts of the world including the United States have strict regulations regarding its creation and sale.

Absinthe Effects on the Body

Rumors of wild hallucinations have made absinthe famous, but are the rumors true? Our PHP treatment center is sharing all about this widely-talked about spirit and what drinking it is really like.

Absinthe’s psychoactive ingredient thujone is believed to have been partly responsible for the hallucinations, convulsions, and psychosis that some people experienced while under its spell. Since that time, most places have restrictions on the amount of thujone that absinthe can have. Now, thujone is only used in trace amounts in absinthe, so you would have to consume a large amount in order to feel any effects and likely get alcohol poisoning first.

In the past, absinthe also had a much higher alcohol content than it does now with levels of 140 proof.1   Together, the unregulated thujone and the high alcohol content were likely the cause of any psychotic effects.

Because the drink is now highly regulated, the absinthe side effects are now like other strong spirits. Today, absinthe effects may include:

  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Poor coordination
  • Impaired judgement
  • Problems focusing
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood swings

Dangers of Drinking Absinthe

Just like other alcoholic beverages, absinthe is not without its dangers. Consumed in excess, alcohol poisoning from absinthe is a very real possibility, especially considering its high alcohol content. Without immediate medical attention, this could be fatal.

The absinthe effects can also be more dangerous with long-term use. Some people may develop an addiction from regular drinking. Alcohol abuse treatment is usually necessary in order to get the person to give up alcohol for good.

Long-term alcohol abuse can also lead to serious health problems such as damage to internal organs. As a substance abuse treatment center in South Florida, we help people quit drinking so that they can work on getting their health back on track and reverse some of the damage that has been done.

Whether absinthe is your poison, or you are abusing hard drugs like cocaine, you should try to stop immediately. At Banyan Pompano we can help you regain control and quit for good. Call us today at 888-280-4763 to get started..


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