The tincture of Cannabis should be prepared from the recent wild plant whilst in flower, but as we can not get this, we use a tincture prepared from the churrus, a species of extract from the recent plant, imported from India. The dose will vary from one to five drops.
In small doses it is stimulant to the cerebro-spinal centers; in large doses it produces intoxication, and finally arrest of function. It exerts an influence upon the urinary and reproductive apparatus that may be rendered available in practice, and also to some extent upon the skin.
I have employed the Cannabis specially to relieve irritation of the kidneys, bladder and urethra. It will be found especially beneficial in vesical and urethral irritation, and is an excellent remedy in the treatment of gonorrhea.
I do not like it as a remedy for intemperance, (chronic alcoholism), so well as a combination of Nux Vomica and Iodine, with a bitter tonic; though in some cases it may be used with marked advantage, and the habit finally broken up by its use.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.