wormwood oil


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Related to wormwood oil: Thujone
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Noun1.wormwood oil - a dark bitter oil obtained from wormwood leaveswormwood oil - a dark bitter oil obtained from wormwood leaves; flavors absinthe liqueurs
essential oil, volatile oil - an oil having the odor or flavor of the plant from which it comes; used in perfume and flavorings
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The flames of innuendo were fanned in 1864 when Valentin Magnan carried out the first-ever investigation of wormwood oil. Magnan placed a guinea pig in a glass cage with a sample of wormwood oil, and another one in a cage with a supply of alcohol.
Thujones are considered to be the major toxic agents present in the wormwood oil; [alpha]-thujone being more toxic than [beta]-thujone (Chaisson et al., 2000).
Thujone isomers are responsible for the hallucinogenic and toxic effect of wormwood oil and absinthe, and therefore thujones rich chemotypes of wormwood are not appreciated.