Known Adverse Effects:
Depresses the central nervous system.
Thujone causes mind-altering changes and may lead to psychosis.
Increases stomach acidity.
Wormwood can be habit forming, like ethyl alcohol.
Do NOT take if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or plan pregnancy in the near future. The dangers outweigh any benefits. Don't use.
Do NOT take if you are breast feeding. Dangers outweigh any possible benefits. Don't use.
Do NOT allow the intake by infants or children. Children under 2 years of age consuming any herbal preparation is hazardous to their health. Keep away from children and store in a safe place.
Absinthe, the alcoholic drink with Wormwood
, has been banned from most countries due to the alarming amount of adverse effects of this habit-forming drink, including hallucinations and epileptic-like convulsions.
Large amounts of Wormwood
can be toxic to people, as well as worms.
The chemical Thujone (absinthol) that this herb contains, is addictive and can damage the central nervous system.
The United States FDA classifies the herb as "dangerous". It is thought to interact with the same brain receptors as does marijuana (cannabis sativa). Products flavored with Wormwood
must contain thujone-free extracts.
Rated slightly dangerous in many countries, particularly dangerous for children, persons over 55 years of age and those who take larger than appropriate quantities for extended periods of time.
Adverse Reactions, Side Effects or Overdose Symptoms:
Can cause insomnia, nightmares, vomiting.
Convulsions - Seek emergency treatment immediately.
Stupor - Seek emergency treatment immediately.
Trembling - Discontinue use and call a doctor when convenient.