Sensapersa CANNABIS Pills For HYSTERIC
Here we have a very unusual c1900 patent medicine which contained cannabis. SENSAPERSA was used as a NERVE TONIC AND SEDATIVE. It was also used to treat HYSTERIC CONDITIONS. This remedy is from THE BROWN EXPORT AND IMPORT COMPANY of NEW YORK CITY. It is 3" tall. Any residual contents that remain are over 100 years old. Contents are sold only for collector purposes and must not be used in any way. Please be sure to see our other catalog listings if you enjoy old drug store and medical items. Pictures courtesy of "Sure Cure Antiques" http://www.surecureantiques.com/ [Reprinted with permission]
[Museum Notes:] - This is one of the few times [referencing Quack medicines), where we’ve been able to actually locate a label. It reads as follows:
Each Tablets contains 1/8 Gr. Cannabis
Trade [picture] Mark
A tonic to assist in the restoration of the
nervous system to a normal condition.
A sedative to relieve hysteric conditions.
A corrective for nervous indigestion.
A Tonic and Nerve Sedative
Dose, one tablet after each meal and on
going to bed.
(see circular with directions in full inside)
THE BROWN EXPORT & IMPORT
74-76 Cortland St., New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
SMALL SIZE [3 inches high as measured]
Next, according to the AMA, “It was falsely and fraudulently represented to be a cure for "nervous trouble" and a remedy for neurasthenia, nervous prostration, nervous debility, etc.” Problem here is I don’t see where the accusation comes from. First the manufacturer was fined $50, which implies that somewhere along the line, some kind of false representation was made, next note the amount of Cannabis per tablet -- only 1/8 gr., which is not very much.
But maybe it would be best to leave it to the reader to determine this products status for themselves.
Sensapersa by Brown Export Co. , New York, N.Y.
[Source = Book; "Nostrums & Quackery" [1920 Edition] -p618]
Sensapers---This product was marketed by one Stephen Britton of New York City, who did business as the Brown Export Co. "Sensapersa," according to the government chemists, consisted of purple colored tablets containing asafetida, cannabis indica, and a drug containing a mydriatic alkaloid such as hyoscyamus. It was falsely and fraudulently represented to be a cure for "nervous trouble" and a remedy for neurasthenia, nervous prostration, nervous debility, etc. Britton was fined $50. ---[Notice of Judgment No. 4984; issued Jan. 30, 1918.}
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