Absinthe has been shown safe by the tests due to which it has been authorized in various countries. This article will answer the question “Where is Absinthe legal?” Able to explain current legislation.
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Absinthe is a strong liquor having an anise flavor. Absinthe was a popular beverage in La Belle Epoque period in French history and also in the time known as the Great Binge, a time when cocaine, cannabis and heroin were used in drinks and children’s medicine before the dangers were known.
The thujone content of Absinthe was thought to be similar to THC. One of the key ingredient of Absinthe is wormwood which gives Absinthe it’s name and it’s slight bitter taste. Absinthe was claimed to have high quantities of thujone and reason behind psychedelic effects. Studies have proved that the Absinthe recipe only contained small amounts of wormwood and gas chromatography tests have proved that even pre ban Absinthe did not have enough amounts of thujone.
Where is Absinthe legal today?
Absinthe and thujone containing drinks were banned in the United States in 1912. It became a crime to buy or sell Absinthe in the USA although people managed to get Absinthe shipped in to the US from other countries for personal consumption.
Absinthe was never actually illegaled properly in the US. According to the law beverages that are found to be “thujone free” after the test are legal to buy. Many brands of Absinthe available today are perfectly legal in the US according to this law. In 2007 brands like “Lucid” were made legal in the United States and many more have followed suit.
The EU (European Union) – In 1988 the EU stated that Absinthe with a thujone content of 10mg/kg or less could go on sale and that alcohol classed as bitters could contain up to 35mg/kg of thujone. In Europe this has been a great news for Absinthe lovers.
Thujone content should be up to 35mg/kg in bitters and 10mg/kg in other drinks in Australia.
Absinthe with up to 10mg/kg thujone and with less than 55% abv is authorized in Brazil.
Each Canadian district has it’s own legislation concerning Absinthe. Although there are several provinces that do not allow any thujone containing alcohol but Absinthe is legal in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Quebec and Ontario legislate that Absinthe with up to 10mg/kg thujone can be legally sold.
The popularity of Absinthe and Absinthe bars of Czech Republic is all over the world. The Czech Republic had never unauthorized Absinthe.
According to the law passed in 1988 thujone beverages excluding Absinthe that accord with EU laws can be sold in France. The fenchone content should not be more than 5mg/liter in drinks in France.
In 2004 Absinthe became authorized again in Hungary.
Israel has given Absinthe the right for sale.
One can bring Absinthe for his use from other countries in Ireland but it is not legal for sale within Ireland.
Absinthe should fulfill EU requirements in Netherlands.
Absinthe is not banned in New Zealand.
One can always find Absinthe in Portugal.
Absinthe with high thujone are also available in Russia.
Serbia – Serbia does not seem to allow Absinthe containing thujone or above 50% abv to be sold.
Absinthe has been legalized in South Africa since 2005.
Sweden authorizes Absinthe which has label according to wormwood in it and also satisfy the EU legislation.
In 2005 Absinthe was finally legalized in Switzerland.
There were no restrictions on Absinthe in UK. Absinthe must satisfy the EU legislation.
A person needs to be attentive when buying Absinthe rom the Internet because a lot of fake Absinthes are also available there which were manufactured in countries where Absinthe with thujone was banned. In order to experience the real taste of Absinthe, you need to find a good quality wormwood Absinthe or make your own using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are pre distilled and manufactured from traditional Absinthe herbs including wormwood. When you receive your essence, simply mix with vodka or Everclear – easy! Transportation of these essences can be done everywhere in the world?” As they are not Absinthe until prepared by a person. Check out the website for details.