rom a scientific viewpoint, thujone
is an active substance contained in the oils of the wormwood plant. It accounts for 50 to 60 percent of the essential oils of wormwood, and belongs to the category of neurotoxic substances, an overdose of which can induce convulsions and dementia.
But as previously mentioned, absinthe can be consumed legally everywhere and there are good reasons for this. There are still laws in place that govern the amount of thujone contained in absinthe, as well as governing other factors of absinthe production.
There is no need to think that drinking absinthe could be harmful:
• Today's scientists say that the quantities of thujone in absinthe are way too small for it to cause any harm.
• Once wormwood is distilled, it contains very little thujone. The stem of the plant contains most of the thujone, but only the buds and leaves are used for distillation.
• At the end of the XIX century, fake analyses circulated, claiming the level of thujone in absinthe was as high as 260 mg per litre. However, more recent, unbiased studies that were conducted on pre-ban absinthe, proved that they actually only contained 20 mg per litre.
It wasn't until after the ban of absinthe (the second half of the XX century) that scientists were really able to give a precise rate of the level of thujone in absinthe. The experiments and analyses made before that period are not coherent. So don't worry, and enjoy your absinthe.
For all those seeking hallucinogenic effects of absinthe, sorry to disappoint you!