Wormwood is known by many names such as; Absinthe, Absinthium, Green Ginger, and Madderwort. It comes from various plants of the genus Artemisia particularly; Artemisia absinthium (grande wormwood or absinthe wormwood), Artemisia annua (sweet wormwood or annual wormwood), Artemisia herba-alba (white wormwood), the wormwood of the Bible, Artemisia pontica (Roman wormwood), and Artemisia vulgaris (common wormwood). These wormwood plants contains the volatile oil thujone, which is added to distilled ethanol to create absinthe.
Wormwood is known as the primary additive to the liquor Absinthe which is said to create psychoactive effects. However wormwood is often smoked, as well as brewed as a tea. When wormwood is ingested most commonly users experience mild, hazy disorientation accompanied by a dreamlike or surreal feeling sometimes called “the dollhouse effect”. Some users have reported feelings of mental lucidity, stimulation, mild euphoria, and a sense of relaxation. These effects are experienced within 20 minutes and last 1 to 2 hours.
Wormwood is used for recreational purposes. It is most commonly found as the primary additive in the liquor Absinthe which is said to intoxicate the user, creating psychoactive effects. Wormwood is also often smoked and brewed into teas. Users report experiencing mild, hazy disorientation accompanied by a dreamlike or surreal feeling sometimes called “the dollhouse effect”. Other users have reported feelings of mental lucidity, stimulation, mild euphoria, and a sense of relaxation.
Wormwood Signs and Symptoms
The effects of wormwood may be habit forming. Many wormwood users find themselves addicted regardless to the way of ingestion.
When using wormwood products over a prolonged period of time the individual will begin to develop a tolerance, requiring larger amounts to acheive the desired effects. As the amount of worm wood increases the body begins to develop a dependency. When abruptly stopping its use the individual may experience unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal which can send them back to wormwood for comfort.
Wormwood Addiction Treatment
Treatment for a wormwood addiction varies on the individuals needs. Some patients may require a less invasive treatment program, entering into an outpatient treatment program which requires them to attend 8 hours per day but they are able to return home each day. Other patients require a more intense treatment program, an inpatient or residential treatment program will allow them to escape the temptations of home by moving into the facility for a minimum of 30 days.
Each treatment program is tailored to the patients individual recovery needs. It is important to get to any underlying cause of wormwood addiction, as well as treatment any other mental, emotional and physical illness the patient may be suffering from. Most Woormwood addiction treatment programs will include but are not limited to;
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family counseling
- Behavioral Modification Therapy
- Chemical Dependency Education