Cannabis Indica

"Anodyne, hypnotic and antispasmodic"

William B. O'Shaughnessy, a young Irish doctor serving the British Raj at the Medical College of Calcutta, ... in 1839 introduced cannabis into Western medicine...

Any drug that demonstrated success in the treatment of the most wretched diseases of the nineteenth century- rabies, tetanus, cholera- would be hailed as a wonder drug; and that's what happened when O'Shaughnessy brought his research back to London along with specimens for the Royal Botanical Gardens. Between 1840 and 1900 more than 100 articles about the therapeutic value of cannabis were published in Europe in North America.

- pages 44 & 45, Cannabis in Medical Practice: A Legal, Historical and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana by Mary Lynn Mathre (1997)

Look up Cannabis in Merck's Index: Fourth Edition (1930)

Cannabis Indica
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