The Israelites were to eat bitter greens or herbs on the night of Passover, along with
Roasted lamb and unleavened bread bitter greens were to remind them
of the bitterness or experience of bondage to Egypt. Lam 3:15 the
bitter things is suggested as a suitable translation to “wormwood”.
Now wormwood is in the same as Absinthe which is a highly know for
its hallucinogen properties. So with this in mind I imagine they did
not have the knowledge today of this toxic substance contained in
these leaves, therefore perhaps this was time they were just out of
it being actually drug induced (perhaps a possibility). I think this
fits the category of drugs and smoking according to WT tradition for
Something that was accepted so readily in the past but most likely unacceptable today.
I was looking something up in the incite book actually about Elijah
and came across bitter greens and as I was reading I had remember a
discussion with one of my sons about them having tried absinthe.
Artemisia Absinthium is the chief flavouring ingredient, native to
Europe and Asia.; other aromatic ingredients include aniseed, licorice,
hyssop, fennel, angelica root, star aniseed... Wormwood is a long-lived
plant, with greyish-green leaves and the flowers have a greenish-yellow
tint, and like leaves give off a strong aromatic odor and are bitter to
the taste. Thujone is a toxic chemical present in wormwood and has a
similar molecular geometry with THC, the active chemical in cannabis.
Absinthe is typically of a
natural green color but is also produced in both clear and artificially
colored styles. It is often called “the Green Fairy.”
The chemical that's taken all the blame for absinthe's hallucinogenic
reputation is called *thujone*, which is a component of wormwood. In
very high doses, thujone can be toxic. It is a GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric
acid) inhibitor, meaning it blocks GABA receptors in the brain which can cause convulsions
if you ingest enough of it.
Absinthe is now perfectly legal in every country in which alcohol is
legal. In fact, in 2007, the United States lifted its 100-year-long ban,
provided that the absinthe is free of thujone.
*Drink your absinthe*. The prepared absinthe can be drunk as desired,
perhaps sipped gradually while pondering creative ideas. Oscar Wilde
described drinking absinthe as such: "After the first glass, you see
things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they
are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the
most horrible thing in the world."