|Absinthism: fictitious 19th century syndrome|
Stephan A Padoschâ 1, Dirk W Lachenmeier*â 2 and Lars U KrÃ¶nerâ 3
Addresses: 1 UniversitÃ¤tsklinikum Heidelberg, Klinik fÃ¼r AnÃ¤sthesiologie, Im Neuenheimer Feld 110, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany; 2 Chemisches und VeterinÃ¤runtersuchungsamt (CVUA) Karlsruhe, WeiÃenburger Str. 3, D-76187 Karlsruhe, Germany; 3 Institut fÃ¼r Rechtsmedizin der UniversitÃ¤t zu KÃ¶ln, MelatengÃ¼rtel 60â62, D-50823 KÃ¶ln, Germany
The theory of a previous gross overestimation of the thujone content of absinthe may have been
verified by a number of independent studies. Based on the current available evidence, thujone
concentrations of both pre-ban and modern absinthes may not have been able to cause detrimental
health effects other than those encountered in common alcoholism. Today, a questionable
tendency of absinthe manufacturers can be ascertained that use the ancient theories of absinthism
as a targeted marketing strategy to bring absinthe into the spheres of a legal drug-of-abuse.
Misleading advertisements of aphrodisiac or psychotropic effects of absinthe try to re-establish
absinthe's former reputation. In distinction from commercially manufactured absinthes with limited
thujone content, a health risk to consumers is the uncontrolled trade of potentially unsafe herbal
products such as absinthe essences that are readily available over the internet.