Medicine, Myth, and Murder: Absinthe

This week we discuss the history of one of history's most infamous spirits...absinthe! Absinthe to this day carries some mystique after being illegal in several Western countries for decades. But why was it banned? Why should I care? Why is the word "murder" in the title? Did it really cause hallucinations or something? And what the heck is absinthe anyway? The answers to all of these questions can be had this week on the Tipsy Timeline!

This week is the rise and fall of absinthe. We discuss its discovery as medicine and use in ancient civilizations. We transition to its use as a distillate and beverage of choice in France. We discuss its being caught up in the temperance movement and medicinal controversy. Sources for the episode can be found here:
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