|Thujone and Absinthe:
Published research into the properties of thujone and its effect in absinthe
Below you'll find an ever increasing databank of scientific papers on thujone and the effects of absinthe. The entires
are arranged chronologically. Wherever possible the full text of the article is given (generally in Adobe PDF format),
but where this is not permitted by licensing restrictions, an abstract or summary is included. Where the article is
shown in both text and PDF versions, the illustrations, diagrams, references and acknowledgements have, for
reasons of clarity and space, been omitted from the text version, but will all be found in the PDF.
For additional reference, a selection of scientific articles from Belle Epoque era journals is included as well. While the
science in these has of course long been superseded, they give a flavour of the prevailing conventional wisdom of
the day, and help explain the demonization of absinthe at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
Peer-reviewed and other scientific papers on thujone and its role in absinthe:
Published 2000 to 2009
Porphyrogenic properties of the terpenes camphor, pinene, and thujone (with a note on historic implications for absinthe and the
illness of Vincent van Gogh). ABSTRACT ONLY
by Bonkovsky HL, Cable EE, Cable JW, Donohue SE, White EC, Greene YJ, Lambrecht RW, Srivastava KK, Arnold WN
Published in Biochem Pharmacol., June 1992
by Wilfred Niels Arnold
Published in Scientific American, June 1989
Belle Epoque era papers on absinthe and absinthism:
Published 1930's - 1960's
Published in Scientific American. New Series, Volume 20, Issue 14, Apr 3, 1869
Chemical Composition of Vintage Preban Absinthe with Special Reference to Thujone, Fenchone, Pinocamphone, Methanol,
Copper, and Antimony Concentrations
by Dirk W. Lachenmeier, David Nathan-Maister, Theodore A. Breaux, Eva-Maria Sohnius, Kerstin Schoeberl, and Thomas Kuballa
Published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, April 2008 NEW
Absinthe - A Review
by Dirk Lachenmeier, Stephan Walch, Stephan Padosch, Lars Kröner
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, Vol 46, No. 5, July-Aug 2006, pp. 365-377 NEW
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