The dried unripe fruit of Piper Cubeba (Cubeba officinalis). Java.

Fig. 218.   3Cubebs.

Fig. 218. - 3Cubebs.

Characters. - Is like black pepper, but is distinguished from it by the adherent stalk of rather more than its own length, from which it gets its ordinary name of tailed pepper. It has a warm camphoraceous taste and characteristic odour.

Composition. - A volatile oil, a resin, and cubebin. Cubebin is neutral and crystalline. It does not seem to have any important physiological action. The resin yields cubebic acid, and a volatile oil consisting of a hydrocarbon holding a camphor in solution.

Dose. - Of the powder 30 to 120 gr.

Preparations

B.P.

Dose.

Oleoresina Cunenae ...............

5-30 min.

Oleum " ..............

5-20 min.

Tincutra " ..............

1/2-2 fl. dr.

U.S.P.

Dose.

Cubeba ..................

15 gr.

Extractum Cubebae

Fluidum .......

8-30 min.

Oleoresina Cubebae...

5-30 min.

Tinctura Cubebae ........

8 min.-3 fl. dr.

Trochisci Cubebae

(each contains 1/2-gr. oleoresin).