Cocculus Indicus

From London's Ghost Acres

Although poisonous, hard multum is a preparation made from Cocculus Indicus, etc., once used (by 19th century brewers)[5] to impart a more intoxicating quality ("giddiness") tobeer than provided by the alcoholic content alone.[6][7] Charles Dickens referred to those engaging in such practices as "brewers and beer-sellers of low degree,... who do not understand the wholesome policy of selling wholesome beverage."[8] Although appearing in many homeopathic volumes and at least two brewers' guides, the use of such preparations was outlawed in England, during the mid-19th century, with fines of £500 for sale and £200 for use of the drug.[7]

A Compendium of Domestic Medicine, 1865 Cocculus indicus

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Savory indicates that Cocculus indicus was used in the East Indies as a replacement for malt when brewing beer. No other mention of Cocculus indicus is makde in the Compendium. (102/81)