Microdosing mushrooms for migraines and cluster headaches

While you've probably have heard of Excedrin for headaches.... and if you are a sufferer of migraines you have most likely had sampled your fair share of the majority of the otc pain killers on the market. However, there is a new option on the market that is not only effective, but also natural. Mushrooms, yes those of the psychedelic variety.

Microdosing with Soma/Psilocybin Mushrooms may just be the perfect solution for sufferers of chronic headaches that are not responding to conventional treatment. Within 20 minutes to 2 hours of ingesting these mushrooms, migraine patients often report a decrease in their pain and overall intensity.[1] [2].   The medicinal properties of psilocybin, which is the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been used for hundreds years by European shaman,[3] and more recently by doctor's at Johns Hopkins. In one double-blind clinical trial after 70 patients ingested 1.5 grams of pure mushrooms, 90% reported a reduction in pain.[4]

Several medical professionals are prescribing psychedelics to patients across the country. Although the FDA prohibits them from prescribing psilocybin mushrooms, they can provide their patient with a recommendation to seek out a "shroom doctor." This is very similar to a patients physician giving another physician the referral to visit an acupuncturist, chiropractor, or massage therapist.  In fact this is common practice in many states and it would be perfectly legal for your doctor to provide you with a medical exemption for cannabis or any other natural treatment as long as it was not psychoactive.

Cluster headaches and mushrooms:
Cluster headaches are one of the most serious forms of headaches. They are described with recurrent painful sensations along one side of the head and can cause severe nausea and vomiting. Cluster headaches typically occur on the same side each time, or move around from time to time.  There is no consensus on how many people have cluster headaches: some studies estimate that one percent to four percent of adults experience these debilitating attacks, whereas other research puts their incidence at roughly 15 percent.[5]

Recent studies show that psilocybin may help cluster headache sufferers manage their symptoms. "In one study, eight of the 12 participants who had cluster headaches saw their overall pain and number of attacks drop by half for one month. Their anxiety levels also improved."[6] A recent pilot study in Los Angeles, California has found that psilocybin can treat cluster headaches better than the FDA approved medication Emgality (sumatriptan).[7] In addition to these studies for cluster headaches, there are a growing amount of other studies showing similar success with psilocybin for this debilitating and sometimes life-threatening disorder.

Why is this success story not a household name? The reason stems back to the Controlled Substances Act. Because of the FDA's stringent rules and regulations, the medical community does not have much faith in psilocybin for any serious medical condition. Physicians are not permitted by law to prescribe psychedelics, and hospital personnel are often unaware that psilocybin mushrooms can be used as a natural alternative for various ailments. 

In conclusion , there is no reason why a few or even a microdose of mushrooms can't relieve your migraines.

Note: Please don't think that this article advocates self-medicating with psychedelics. We are not advocating that you go out and take mushrooms all willy-nilly and start tripping on a regular basis, but rather offering this information as more of a last resort. It is important to know what you are getting into with these powerful psychoactive substances before ingesting them. You should always get professional advice before trying anything new.

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