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Originally posted by The_Doctor
Wormwood like other hallucinogens give people visions and distort time and reality. Things like wormwood and mushrooms for example don't make you really hallucinate like many think. It is like a dream state while your awake things morph and colors change. Wormwood among many psychodelics as well were used during meditation, rituals and religeos rites of passage for their followers to see God, future events, astral projection supposedly. My experiences with all of those above and others as well like peyote definatly opened my eyes to a lot of truths, enlightenment and the realization of a great many things.
Most biblical figures did psychodelics perhaps the guy just had a bad trip.
While the use of wormwood can be dated as far back as 1550 B.C.
A typical recipe for the herbal flavoring extract, attributed to Henri-Louis Pernod, calls for a ground up mixture of aniseed, fennel, hyssop, lemonbalm, angelica, star anise, dittany, juniper, nutmeg, veronica and wormwood. A steam distillation of this mixture is done. More wormwood is added to the distillate and then diluted with ethanol to 75% alcohol by volume(2).
The only indication that the name has bearing on the rest of meaning is that it tastes bitter and makes water undrinkable. Does wormwood, the substance, turn water red? Interesting note that it is used in bug repellants, when the very next chapter goes on to describe locust beings coming out of the pit. Dunno if there's a relation to the two events in that regard, or not.