LSD Proves to be Miracle Cure for Cluster Headaches

By chillinwill · Apr 10, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    (NaturalNews) A review published in the respected journal Neurology has confirmed widespread evidence that LSD can be used to successfully treat an otherwise devastating and crippling health condition known as "cluster headaches."

    Often confused with migraines, cluster headaches come in attacks so debilitating that they have been known to drive sufferers to kill themselves, earning them the nickname "suicide headaches." Because 90 percent of sufferers experience a form known as episodic cluster headaches, in which attacks come regularly at the same time of day for a few months before vanishing for up to a year, they are also known as "alarm clock headaches."

    Researchers do not know what causes the headaches, and there is no accepted treatment. One business owner who goes by the pseudonym "Flash" on Internet message boards related to the condition relates his experience with various treatments: "My doctor did the worst thing you can do to a person with cluster headache: he put me on normal analgesics. Aspirin, paracetamol, codeine -- doubling up on the codeine -- taking whatever you're allowed to each day," Flash says. "It took the lining off my stomach, and it aggravated the attacks until they got out of control."

    Other popular treatments such as beta-blockers, blood pressure medications and antidepressants led to other dangerous side effects, such as a slowing of the heart rate and psychotic symptoms.

    Eventually, Flash decided to experiment with LSD, and found that after one dose, his attacks immediately stopped for the next two years. When he felt the next attack looming, he experimented with psilocybin mushrooms ("magic mushrooms"), which were just as effective. The mushrooms were even effective at stopping an attack that he had deliberately exacerbated with alcohol, as a test.

    Anecdotal accounts like Flash's have attracted the attention of some researchers, who note that many hallucinogenic compounds are chemically similar to certain neurotransmitters and migraine medications.

    Harvard Medical School researcher John Halpern, author of the Neurology article, has even applied to the university for permission to conduct a clinical trial.

    "It is a life-or-death situation for some of these patients," Halpern said.

    by: David Gutierrez
    Wednesday, April 08, 2009
    Natural News

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  1. Jatelka
  2. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Wonderful stuff- I hope this couples with the new rise in interest for LSD psychotherapy to create a very compelling case for LSD to be formally studied again.
  3. Shampoo
    While this is one possible result of such successful research, another is less fortunate. According to some friends at MAPS, most of the cluster-headache research is pointed in the direction of non-psychoactive materials with similar mechanisms of action regarding monoamine and catecholamine neurotransmitters. One such drug is BOL-148, or as it is referred to around the office, bromo-lsd.

    Although BOL-148 has no real psychedelic activity in man up to a 100-fold dose of its parent compound, LSD-25, it is an equally potent 5-HT agonist and has similar effects on monamine and catecholamine turnover and synthesis. Unpublished, preliminary research suggests that its [BOL-148's] application as a treatment for cluster-headaches is considered the most reasonable/likely option for future development.
  4. papel
    Well i am safe from this for the next 1000 year i wont have any kind of terrible headeachs like that lol good news hhahah
  5. Hollow Hippie
    I would think sufferers of cluster headaches (the pain of a cluster headache is sometimes considered to be one of the worst pains known to medical science) could care less if the treatment is psychedelic or not. Although I would like to see LSD finally be recognized for it's effective treatments for various medical conditions.
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