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How Psilocybin Can Help Stop Migraines

Magic Mushrooms - A 2020 Holistic Remedy For Cluster Headaches and Migraines

“Headache disorders are ranked 7th in all disabilities globally, though only 36 percent of sufferers are diagnosed. And migraines aren’t even the worst type of debilitating headache – that title is reserved for cluster headaches.” - Michael Chary (https://www.gaia.com/article/psychedelics-for-migraines)

Cluster headaches are a fairly new medical condition that have only recently been diagnosed. Cluster headaches affect the head, neck, shoulders, and shoulders. These headaches can last anywhere from one to two weeks. Unfortunately, the typical method for dealing with the headache is to induce sleep to allow the patient to deal with the pressure.

Why Microdose Mushrooms?

Many pharmaceuticals are prescribed to help chronic headache patients to relieve their symptoms (however these solutions are very temporary). The prescribed pharmaceuticals belong to a chemical group called Triptans which are selective serotonin agonists, which means they stimulate serotonin production in the brain. Why is this helpful? When serotonin levels increase, it reduces the inflammation and alleviates the pain. Triptans, or tryptamines, are also part the active component in magic mushrooms called psilocybin.  

Triptans, steroids, and other pharmaceuticals used to control chronic occurrences can have long-term side effects: organ fibrosis, cardiac disturbances, and even osteoporosis. No one argues that Triptans are good for alleviating individual headaches, migraine and cluster headache sufferers have found that psychedelic serotonergics can break or even prevent the regular agony of headaches that recur on a regular basis.

Bob Wold is the founder and president of Cluster Busters. For the past 15 years they have advocated for the study and legal use of psilocybin for treatment of cluster headaches. Wold began suffering from them biannually for a period of 20 years after being misdiagnosed many times.

He was prescribed 75 different medications, including the highly addictive fentanyl, none of which alleviated his pain without massive side effects.

His solution came when he asked his college attending sons to acquire some magic mushrooms. The psilocybin in those shrooms saved his life.

Dr. John Halpern, a research psychiatrist, decided to examine the stories from Cluster Busters and conduct a study of his own. After interviewing 53 subjects who used a psychedelic to treat cluster headaches, he found that 95% were successful in delaying or completely avoiding the onset of their conditions. Doctor Halpern then performed a double-blind study with control groups to properly test results.

"..comparable to or more efficacious than most conventional medications. These agents were also perceived to shorten/abort a cluster period and bring chronic cluster headache into remission more so than conventional medications." - Dr. John Halpern

How to Microdose Mushrooms

A microdose of magic mushrooms must first be processed by the liver. This converts psilocybin into psilocin and then passes into the bloodstream; a process that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. After this time, patients report a significant decrease in the debilitating pain associated with migraines and cluster headaches.

How Much to Microdose Mushrooms

A typical microdose of magic mushrooms (psilocybin) is around 0.25 grams, ground into a fine powder and sealed in a capsule for easy dosing. When the pain begins, or preferably beforehand, is when to swallow the capsule. Other methods of microdosing include using a digital scale and a micro-scoop to weigh specific doses. These doses can then either be swallowed as-is or mixed into a drink to conceal the taste that some find unpleasant. Many suffers have chosen to enter in a regular schedule psilocybin microdosing, usually consisting of 4 days on and then 2 days off, and have reported not only less occurrences but even an elimination of migraines and cluster headaches for years.

One important factor about magic mushrooms: If you don’t want to dose one week, there is no detox effect. You can stop — with no hangover or withdrawal symptoms. There has been no proven physical addiction to psychedelics like mushrooms (although you can build up a tolerance, hence the schedule of 4 on 2 off). You will not crave the next dose.

In this episode, Dr. Christopher Gottschalk talks about research currently being done at Yale University regarding magic mushrooms and the treatment of migraines and cluster headaches.

Anyone suffering from cluster headaches, migraine headaches, or migraine headaches should consider using magic mushrooms. The increased level of serotonin can help reduce the occurrence of cluster headaches and migraines.

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