Debunking the Myths About Cannabis Absinthe
Have You Ever Tried Mixing Marijuana With Alcohol? Have You Tried Cannabis Absinthe?
Mixing marijuana with other substances is not new. Ever since marijuana became a thing, marijuana mixed in other types of mind or mood-altering substances has been experimented on by stoners. Even different strains of cannabis are being mixed together. In a joint, indica strains are mixed with other indica strains. Sativa strains are mixed with other sativa strains. Indica is also mixed with sativa. There are a gazillion different strains of cannabis out there and it will take years to find the best ones. To help in your exploration of the best strains of cannabis, you can start with this list of the best sativa strains of marijuana.
Other than mixing marijuana with other strains of marijuana, many stoners have also experimented with other herbs. In Southeast Asia, marijuana has been mixed with an endemic plant known as kratom. These two are often mixed by the locals as a form of traditional medicine. In India, marijuana leaves are mixed with traditional non-alcoholic beverages during the local festival of Holi. Called bhang, this drink is extremely popular during holidays. Some of the recreational users have also mixed marijuana with some psychedelics and even mushrooms.
The effects of mixing marijuana with other mind-altering substances are very exciting. Some substances, when mixed with marijuana can heighten the effects of cannabis. Other substances actually have the opposite effects of marijuana, so mixing them together may produce opposite types of effects.
With its growing popularity, more and more stoners are getting curious about mixing marijuana and alcohol. This type of so-called marijuana and alcohol mixes are often called marijuana absinthe. With its popularity, perhaps, you are curious. Should you follow the trend? Should you try cannabis absinthe?
Before we answer that question, let us learn more about absinthe and how it influences the effects of marijuana in your body. Hopefully, through this article, we can help you decide whether to follow this growing trend or not.
What Is Absinthe and Where Did It Come From?
Absinthe is a very unique distilled alcoholic drink known for its anise flavor that came from the botanicals mixed into it. Central to the creation of absinthe is the process of distillation, which causes the essential oils from the flowers and leaves of grand wormwood, and other herbs and spices like green anise, sweet fennel, and others to evaporate with the base alcohol while separating the water. The essential oil and the alcohol mix together in an even harmony as the evaporated gases recondense to form strong and sweet-scented absinthe.
Absinthe is well known for its psychoactive properties. It was first invented in Switzerland around the year 1792. Traditional manufacturers can use different kinds of ingredients to mix with distilled alcohol to create absinthe. Without sugar, absinthe can be described as a spirit, not as liquor. However, there are poor or faux absinthe bottles that contain added sugar and consumers are strictly advised to stay away from this type of poor imitation of absinthe. In many cases, absinthe is produced by mixing alcohol with herbs and botanicals. Popular traditional absinthes are mixed with fragrant herbs and spices including wormwood, anise, and even fennel.
Although, yes, the drink has been around since the late 18th century, it only actually gained around in the late 19th century to early 20th century in France. During that time, absinthe patrons refer to this psychoactive drink as the “green fairy” due to its distinct and signature green color and strong hallucinogenic effects. Absinthe was especially popular among people in the arts such as artists, poets, and writers. In fact, some of the most famous artists such as painters like Pablo Picasso, a painter, and many writers like Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Edgar Allan Poe have been openly described as notorious absinthe drinkers.
How Did Absinthe Disappear?
The popularity of absinthe drastically plunged in the aftermath of a massacre in Switzerland in 1905. The suspect, the father, was said to be intoxicated with 5 different types of alcohol. But as luck would have it, absinthe was unfairly and falsely pinned by the media as the culprit in the tragedy, resulting in its eventual ban in Switzerland. Its popularity continued declining until it was finally banned in the United States in 1915 as part of the prohibition against all alcoholic beverages. The ban made in American soil was soon followed by the rest of the world. Absinthe only finally made a comeback after the European Union lifted the prohibition on it in the late 1990s.
Debunking the Things We Believed About Marijuana Absinthe
Absinthe had long been known for its psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties. Experts specified that real absinthe contains the chemical Thujone that produces hallucinations among drinkers.
Now that more than a century has passed, absinthe has once again started gaining popularity. In particular, marijuana absinthe is currently one of the fastest-growing alcoholic beverages out there and many stores are now sticking up on boxes upon boxes of absinthe.
Naturally, stoners from all over have flocked to their local dispensaries to try cannabis absinthe. However, while absinthe business grows, there are still many questions about this that need to be answered. Is absinthe hallucinogenic? Can it get you high? Is it dangerous?
First of all, countless numbers of researches had been made on the issue of the safety of non-cannabis absinthe. Whereas a hundred years ago, absinthe had been heavily vilified, more contemporary studies have actually found otherwise. Many researchers found that absinthe is as safe as most bottled spirits.
As for its purported hallucinogenic property, various tests done in the academic setting have shown that the content level of the chemical thujone in absinthe is in fact high enough to create some psychoactive effects on the absinthe drinkers. In more recent studies done, it was found that thujone in absinthe is naturally occurring and is not artificially mixed. This is possible as a byproduct of the chemical changes in the wormwood being fermented in the alcohol. In the past, this amount could rise uncontrollably. But today, with better food and drug testing and standards of practice being in place, most major laws allow the maximum amount of 35 mg/l (or 35 ppm) thujone in absinthe. The amount would most likely produce the psychoactive effects that everyone made absinthe so much more desirable to artists like Picasso. Without thujone, an alcoholic drink cannot be called real absinthe. And this is the sad case of Absinthe in the US where industry standards set less than 10 parts per million of thujone for “absinthe”, which is as good as zero. Thus, the American produced Absinthe are effectively thujone-free. Critics say, “it’s basically water.”
What About the Iconic High From Cannabis? Is Marijuana Absinthe as Effective as a Joint of Marijuana?
The sad answer is no. The reason is that cannabis is absent from marijuana absinthe.
The truth is, the term cannabis absinthe is very misleading. This is because cannabis absinthe has no marijuana content at all. This might have come as a surprise, but for real, cannabis absinthe has never been mixed with actual cannabis. Given this, it just makes sense that it will be incapable of producing that iconic high that stoners experience when inhaling pot. Marijuana absinthe is artificially colored with green food-grade dye to appear like it has been swimming in chlorophyll found in marijuana leaves. This color and the name “cannabis” absinthe are nothing but a desperate marketing gimmick to sell the products to unsuspecting stoners and curious customers.
Perhaps we should allow you to take a breather because this answer might have shocked you. But sincerely, cannabis absinthe has no THC or even real cannabis content. Marijuana does not even have anything to do with absinthe.
As mentioned, traditionally, absinthe has been produced by mixing distilled alcohol with other kinds of herbs or botanicals. In cannabis absinthe, the herb use is in fact hops. Hops are produced from barley and are commonly used in the production of beer and even some powdered chocolate drinks. The only reason why marijuana absinthe is called as such because the drink has that distinctive smell of marijuana.
Hop mimics the smell of marijuana. In the 90s when the prohibition on absinthe was lifted in the European Union, many European and tourist stoners noticed that the absinthe produced with hops have the same scent as marijuana. Because the smell of hops throws people off into believing that the drink indeed contain marijuana or even THC, it did not take long until absinthe became a hit among stoners.
Soon enough, absinthe manufacturers realized that many stoners mistake their product as having been mixed with marijuana. Reacting to the chance to make some dollars, in this case, Euro, absinthe manufacturers have started marketing their products as cannabis absinthe. Many have even colored their drink green with artificial coloring. More have emblazoned a marijuana leaf logo on the bottles. These products were soon brought to America and finally, they have been legalized in the states. The rest is history, as they say.
So, Should You Still Buy Cannabis Absinthe?
The reason why cannabis absinthe is very popular is due to the fact that it has been marketed to contain marijuana or THC. For many years, this has fooled many consumers into buying.
If you, as a consumer, are looking for an alcoholic beverage with or without marijuana, absinthe may be good enough for you. This substance, after all, is very safe and can still get you drunk.
However, if you are a stoner who is looking for something that could provide you with that nice cerebral high, you should stay away from low-quality, commercial marijuana absinthe and always go for genuine absinthe with a minimum of 15 mg/l of thujone instead. Many stoners have been disappointed with the lack of high. So now that you know, perhaps this may be a nice thing to think about.