Dr. H. James' Cannabis Elixir

Bottles circa 1870's to 1880's. Produced by Dr. H. James & Craddock & Co. Proprietors.

"DR. H. JAMES discovered, while in the East Indies, a certain cure for Consumption, Asthma, Bronchitis, Coughs, Colds, and general Debility. The remedy was discovered by him when his only child, a daughter, was given up to die. He had heard much of the wonderful restorative and healing qualities of preparations made from East India Hemp, and the thought occurred to him that he might make a remedy for his child. He studied hard, and succeeded in realizing his wishes. His child was cured, and is now alive and well. He has since administered the wonderful remedy to thousands of sufferers in all parts of the world, and there is not a single symptom of consumption that it does not at once take hold of and dissipate. Night- sweats, peevishness, irritation of the nerves, failure of memory, difficult expectoration, sharp pains in the lungs, sore throat, chilly sensations, nausea at the stomach, in- action of the bowels, wasting away of the muscles. It purifies all the fluids and secretions in the shortest reasonable period; it nourishes the patient who is too much reduced to partake of ordinary food; it strengthens, braces, and vitalizes the brain; it heals, as if by magic, all internal sores, tubercles, ulcers, and inflammations; it stimulates, but is not followed by a reaction; it at once obviates emaciation, building up waste flesh and muscle, as the rain vivifies and enhances the growth of the grass. It is without a rival as a tonic, and it immediately supplies electricity, or magnetic force (as if it were a battery), to every part of the enfeebled and pros- trate body. the undersigned has never failed in making those who have tried it completely healthy and happy. Price $2 per bottle. Those who have a particle of doubt as regards the above statement, or do not feel able to purchase the medicine, will have a recipe containing full instructions for making and successfully using, and a history of the discovery, sent free of postage, on receipt of their address."

- Courtesy of Bottle Books.

"Some healers among the Dakota [Native Americans], the pejuta wicasa, or "men of herbs," use hemp as a medicine. It is usually mixed with other herbs and smoked for asthma and bronchitis. Among the Lakota, hemp is known as peji. This term is a play on the Lakota name for the psychedelic peyote cactus, which they refer to simply as pejuta, "medicine" " (p. 145)

"Cough Therapy Antidepressive Smoking Mixture

1 part female hemp flowers or hashish (kif)
1 part seeds of Sytian rue ( Peganum harmala L.)

This mixture is best smoked from a pipe.

Asthma Smoking Mixture

1 part hemp ( Cannabis sp.)
1 part henbane leaves ( Hyoscyamus sp.)
1 part dried fly agaric caps ( Amanita muscaria)

This mixture is best smoked from a pipe." (p. 163)

- Marijuana Medicine: A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis by Christian R├Ątsch (1998)

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