Knowledge of wormwood and its psychoactive properties may be traced back to ancient times. The scientific name Artemisia absinthium stems from the plant’s association with the virgin Greek goddess Artemis, who held this and other species of Artesmia sacred. In the medieval era, the scholar Hildegard von Bingen praised wormwood as “the most important master against all exhaustions.” In small doses, wormwood has been used as an effective digestive aid. It is also said to cure fever, bronchial troubles, and insomnia. Sprigs of wormwood have been said to repel insects and vermin when placed around the house and garden. In more recent times in Europe, the essential oil of Artemis absinthium was extracted from wormwood and combined with alcohol to make the popular drink known as absinthe, “the green fairy”. Absinthe was legendary among artists and Bohemians at the end of the nineteenth century. It was popularized in large part due to the absinthe paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec and Edouard Manet. Absinthe was a documented severe addiction of Vincent van Gogh, whose work reflects the enhancement of color and swirling alteration of reality associated with its hallucinogenic effects. The work of both Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin was influenced by absinthe, as exemplified during Gauguin’s Tahitian period, where he was said to have brought with him to Tahiti an plentiful supply of absinthe. Absinthe was also a literary muse for such writers as H.P. Lovecraft, Oscar Wilde, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway and Victor Hugo. It has been reported that Dale Pendell, one of the Beat poets, developed his own absinthe recipe that produces profound psychoactive effects.
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