Cannabis indica



4. dec. 7th, 1866. Mr. -, aet. 20 or 21, short dark hair, blue eyes. Took 3j tincture in water, mixed with sp. ammon. arom., about 11 p.m. He read till about 1 p.m., then felt curious constrictive feeling in head, with inability to think. Dozed a little sofa in friend’s room; was heard chuckling to himself; woke every 5m., when it seemed to him as if h. had passed. After friend had gone to bed kept waking up thinking he was still in room, but or rousing himself recollected all then relapsed. About 1:30 a.m., went to bed; could not concentrate mind on anything; if he tried to think of anything his mind wandered into fanciful ideas. Felt kind of stupor, as if bound down by a loadstone, so that he could not move. When in bed thought he was still in his friend’s room (thinks he spoke to his friend and was cross because he received no answer, but of this he is not sure.) Kept waking all n.; slept later than usual next n. This prover used often to take acetate of morphia subcutaneously for a joke! He had taken 1/8 gr. at 6:30 p.m., and again at 10 p.m., It never thus affects him. (Ibid.)

5. Dec. 17th, 1866. – Same prover took 5 gr. alcoholic extract at 10 p.m. 11:30 p.m., feeling of distension of eyeballs, as if starting out of head; they ached when he tried to read. Felt drunk. Some dryness of mouth, without thirst. At 2 a.m., took morphia subcutaneously; seemed to pervade whole system, gradually driving effects of C, before it. C,. caused in him unpleasant sensation of body which he could not describe. (Ibid.)

6. Dec. 4th 1866. – Mr. – aet. 22, dark eyes, had taken spirit. amm. aroma. 3j about 6 p.m., which caused slight headache. Took 3j tinct. at 11 p.m., In 1 h. sleepiness, then singing in ears; then felt very jolly, bursting into laughter talked nonsense and could not stop; his voice sounded to him long way off. A friend in same room seemed to him long way of. Felt as a third person looking at himself and friend. Felt he knew where he was and yet did not. Room seemed larger. Pleasant sensation of warmth, beginning in spine and extending all through body. After going to bed sensation of heaviness and drowsiness; could not lift arms or legs. When in bed knew where he was and yet not; imagined he was at home and could hear usual sounds; by strong effort could recollect truth, then again repulsed. When in bed had dryness of mouth, lasting until next m. with thirst. Frequent nutrition at n., much in quantity. (Ibid.)

7. Dec. 9th, 1866. – Same prover took 70 minims, about 9:30 p.m., In 30 m. dryness of mouth with thirst, for some time. In 1 h burning sensation in stomach for some time. Felt drunk. Giddiness, everything seemed turning round for some time. Buzzing in ears, lasting some time. In 1 1/2 h. pains in forehead for some time. Great appetite; frequent micturition of much urine. In 2 1/2 h. felt sleepy for some time. Leaden feeling in limbs, as though he could not move them, for some time. Conjunctivae congested, without any abnormal sensation there. There symptoms lasted till between 2 and 3 a.m., when he took acetate of morphia subsequently, which removed them. They had, however, begun to diminish before he took it. (Ibid.)

8. Dec. 14th, 1866. – Mr. -, in good health, except a cold, took 3j of tinct. at 4:20 p.m., 9:30 feeling of exhilaration. Pricking pains, apparently on surface of heart of and on. Woke once in n., which is unusual. Next day 3ij in gum acacia and syrup at 3:50 p.m. 5 p.m., blood vessels of upper eyelids became very full and distended with feeling of heat, 5:30 p.m., same symptoms, with slight soreness of upper eyelids. Scalp and skin of forehead felt tightly stretched over skull, as a bladder over jar. Intermittent headache in spot left side of head, near anterior inferior angle of parietal bone. Curious shooting pain in left arm, from shoulder to tip of middle finger, producing in finger feeling of internal soreness, same as in neuralgic pains. Pain at one time concentrated itself in pulpy part of ungual phalanx, and at another at upper part of axillary border of scapula, whence it seemed to radiate, like wheel spokes, for distance of 2 in. 6:30 p.m., soreness of left finger remains, not increased by pressure or use. Conjunctiva of eyes covered with distended vessels; feeling of burning heat, more marked in eyes than in lids, and severe. 7 p.m., less constriction of scalp; continuance of burning heat about eyes, 7:25 p.m., increased redness of conjunctiva. Very subdued feeling; marked taciturn tendency. 7:45 p.m., feeling of lightness or buoyancy as though he could fall like a cork, without sustaining harm. Relaxation of muscular power. Other symptoms as before. 8 p.m., feeling of sleep could easily sleep if he were to lie down and give way to the feeling; but when necessary could always rouse himself all through experiment. Feeling of relaxation continues not at all inclined for physical exertion. Disposition to remain perfectly quiet without speaking. 8:30 p.m., bottle of lemonade revived him. 9.30. p.m., continued refreshed from the lemonade. 9:40 p.m., disagreeable effect began to subside, leaving a disposition to be silent and still. No headache; conjunctiva natural. 10 p.m., stronger disposition to sleep, which continued at 10:30. Same sensation at heart occurred during this proving as in former, but slighter. Woke at 4 a.m., and 7 a.m., which is very unusual. (Prover states that the eye symptoms come on him, but to a less extent, from anything which causes indigestion, as he considers it to be, e.g. from eating two suppers, extra glass of wine, smoking when not well, or from excessive doses of phosphate of iron. But in this case, in could attribute it only to Cannabis) (Ibid.)

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.