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thujone

Main component (25-70%), the ethereal, typical green oils of the Artemisia absinthum (wormwood) plant. The substance is also found in mugwort, rosemary, thyme, sage and wormwood plant. The characteristic bittertaste is due to the content of the glycoside absinthin. The substance can cause physical and psychological damage if consumed excessively. As a very strong nerve poison, it causes epileptic cramps and can even lead to stupidity in the event of chronic abuse. The plant is grown in wormwood used as a flavoring. The herbal liqueur made from it absinthe was banned for some time in the original recipe due to the thujone content, but has been approved in the EU countries again since 1988. It has been found that the amount of thujone contained in the liqueur sanitary is harmless.

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