Absinthe Definition

Absinthe is a distilled alcoholic beverage that produces psychoactive effects. Commonly absinthe is mistaken for liquor, however it is bottled with added sugar making it a spirit. It is derived from botanicals such a the leaves and flowers of Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) in combination with green anise, sweet fennel and culinary and medicinal herbs. Traditionally absinthe is green in color but can also be colorless. Absinthe has a high alcohol volume (45–74% ABV / 90-148 proof), this is why before consumption it is traditionally diluted with water.

History of Absinthe

In the 1800’s Absinthe gain its popularity in European Nation and the bohemian culture. Artist and writers drank absinthe because it provided them with clarity, opening their mind to be creative, allowing them to produce their greatest works. While the artists and writers did create their greatest works they were putting themselves at risk for health conditions and dependency on absinthe.

Today absinthe is produced different. The active ingredient worm wood is no longer in today’s absinthe, taking away the hallucinogenic effects. However those who drink absinthe still experience the clarity and mind opening effects that made the beverage so popular. This effect is due to the combinations of botanical that have both stimulants and sedative properties.

Absinthe is a Highly Addictive Psychoactive Drug

Absinthe is known for being a dangerous and highly addictive psychoactive drug. In 19th century studies absinthe has shown to hold highly addictive properties in comparison to tradition alcoholic beverages as well as producing rapid-onset hallucinations.  Today the idea the absinthe produces hallucinations is up for debate, however most who consume this alcoholic beverage state that it creates a more mind opening view on life.


The various herbal compounds within Absinthe are stimulants while others are sedatives, this is believed to be the cause of effecting people in a way where their minds feel clear. This feeling of clarity is addictive, leading many down the path of regular use of Absinthe thus developing a tolerance and over time a dependency.

Other Names of Absinthe

  • The Green Fairy
  • La Fee Verte
  • Herb Sainte
  • Pernod
  • Pastis

The combination of stimulants and sedatives within the drink cause this clarity and hook its user. The most often Absinthe is used the higher the chance of develop a tolerance is, requiring more and more to achieve the desired effects. As time goes on and the more often absinthe is drank and the larger the doses the more reality sets in that an addiction has developed, a physical and psychological dependency.

When dependent on absinthe many are fully aware of the negative effects it has on their life and the lives of those around them yet continue its use. When attempting to stop its use it is common to experience uncomfortable, even painful, withdrawal symptoms that often leads to the individual returning to the substance for comfort.

Signs & Symptoms of Absinthe Use

The major effects of absinthe are clear headedness and creating a new level of awareness. This is experienced by most and the reason so many become addicted to absinthe. These effects are because absinthe removed the natural blockers and allows the mind and sense to work at full effects. Modern science explains the effects of absinthe as allowing neurons to run wild.

Prolonged use and Effects

Prolonged use of Absinthe often leads to a tolerance to the substance. As a tolerance develops a dependency soon follows where the user needs to drink Absinthe to function. Other Signs and Symptoms of an dependency to Absinthe include:

  • Thoughts and actions consumed by drinking more absinthe
  • Lack of interest in things that were once important
  • Spending the majority of your time thinking of drinking or drinking more absinthe
  • A tolerance to absinthe, requiring more to achieve desired effects
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping its use

Absinthe Addiction Treatment

Treating an absinthe addiction often requires the assistance of a rehab facility. There Doctors and Chemical Dependency specialist have a full understand of addiction to absinthe, its effects and how to assist patients through their recovery. When entering into a rehab facility they will preform an intake assessment to get a full understand of your addiction to absinthe and to uncover any other substances within your system. They will then take this information and set up an individualized treatment plan.

Treatment Plan Contents

Detoxification, therapy and counseling as well as chemical dependency education classes will be included into your individualized treatment plan. Each day your progress in recovery will be assessed to determine how well you are working through your addiction and to make any needed up dates to your treatment plan.