Cannabis indica



26. Several pupils (of the Calcutta Medical College) tried resin on themselves. The result of several experiments was that in doses of gr. 1/4 pulse was increased in fulness and frequency, surface of body glowed, appetite became extraordinary, vivid ideas crowded mind, unusual loquacity occurred, and, with hardly an exception, great aphrodisiac existed. One pupil took 10 dr. of tinct. = gr. 1/4 of resin. In 20 m. a shout of laughter ushered in the symptoms, and cataleptic rigidity occurred for 2 or 3 m. I found him enacting the part of a rajah, giving orders to his courtiers: he could recognise none of his acquaintances, all to his mind seemed as altered as his own condition; he spoke of many years having passed since his student days, described his teachers and friends with a piquancy which a dramatist would envy, detailed the adventure of an imaginary series of years, his travels, his attainment of wealth and power; he entered on discussions on religious, scientific, and political topics, with astonishing eloquence, and displayed an extent of knowledge and reading and a ready apposite wit, which was quite unexpected. For more than 3 h. he maintained the character he at first assumed, and with a degree of ease and dignity perfectly becoming his high situation. This state ended as suddenly as it commenced. (O’SHAUGHNESSY, Prov. Medorrhinum and Surg. Journ., 1846.)

26 a. At 8 p.m., took 6 gr. of “Hering’s alcoholic extract of cannabis indica.” At 9 went to bed, feeling as well as usual. At precisely 12 p. m,., awoke suddenly and fully. Room was dark, still location of every article about me seems perfectly plain: I could read titles of books upon a table 12 or 15 feet off. Although urine had been voided on retiring a great desire was felt to pass more, which I essayed to do, but could scarcely retain it until the vessel could be got ready. The length of time occupied in urinating seemed days instead of seconds. As much was passed as is usually collected during whole n. As soon as I had accomplished this feat, for it seemed indeed a great undertaking, the clairvoyant like vision left me, and I felt unable to raise my hands, the feeling being as a if a weight was upon my forearm. The head felt light, the mind remarkably active, and yet apparently sluggish. Had a feeling of duality. One of my minds would be thinking of something while the other would laugh at it; a quick transition for the ideas of one mind to the other. I laughed; at the idea of laughing and could not control myself. I closed my eyes and tried to think of something solemn. Suddenly I felt as if I were a marble statue. I had no ability to move, and a chill ran over me. By a great exertion I moved my hand, and felt my face; it felt hard, there was no sensation in the face, but to the hand it felt stony. I made an effort to throw it of by getting out of bed, and by determined will I looked at my watch: it was; 10 m. past 12. I lay down in despair; only 10 m. had elapsed, and I thought days or at least hours had gone by. My pulse began to throb heavily and my head to be dizzy. I sprang from my bed like a maniac and struck a light, took my watch and began to count my pulse, just one beat at each second; but when the m. had elapsed I could not remember how many I had counted. I again went to bed, and fell asleep. In m. my eyes were swollen and inflamed, pupils contracted, head dizzy. A cup of strong coffee relieved the dizziness. During d. was occasionally absent – minded and dreamy, but otherwise was as well as usual.

26 b. At another time, 9 a.m., I took 10 gr. of the same extract, and in exactly 4 h. I felt the characteristic thrill produced by the drug. This time I took more particular notice of the results, and also had the assistance of others to note my actions. The same apparent clairvoyance was present, that is, I saw, or fancied I saw, articles in another room, but the sensation was of short duration. The symptoms already described were present. As I attempted to walk my feet felt heavy, my hands were with difficulty raised, the forearm felt at if kept down by weights. A slight dry cough troubled me. I had great craving for water, but a single swallow passing down my throat gave sensation as of holding my mouth under a cataract; a spasm came upon me with a sensation of fear or dread, but this was only for an instant. My mouth was dry and frothy. The cough became harder, but still dry, almost like a bark. I had a discharge from bowels about 1 h. after feeling “thrill” spoken of and in 1/2 h. another. They were thin, yellow, and painless. The diarrhoea increased, a heat pervaded the abdomen internally, and frequent discharges of this kind followed, but entirely without pain.

Richard Hughes
Dr. Richard Hughes (1836-1902) was born in London, England. He received the title of M.R.C.S. (Eng.), in 1857 and L.R.C.P. (Edin.) in 1860. The title of M.D. was conferred upon him by the American College a few years later.

Hughes was a great writer and a scholar. He actively cooperated with Dr. T.F. Allen to compile his 'Encyclopedia' and rendered immeasurable aid to Dr. Dudgeon in translating Hahnemann's 'Materia Medica Pura' into English. In 1889 he was appointed an Editor of the 'British Homoeopathic Journal' and continued in that capacity until his demise. In 1876, Dr. Hughes was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Organization of the International Congress of Homoeopathy Physicians in Philadelphia. He also presided over the International Congress in London.