While cluster headaches may be one of the rarest types of headaches, they are also one of the most severe. Contrary to popular belief, cluster headaches are not migraines, but they have a number of similarities.
In fact, cluster headaches can be more severe and intense than a migraine, but they do not last as long as migraines. Cluster headaches are set apart by their distinct cluster period which may last from about two weeks and even up to three months with episodes occurring one to three times a day. Interestingly enough, cluster headaches seem to occur at the same time each year. Some research suggests that they are related to the circadian rhythm or biological clock.
Little is really known about the causes of cluster headaches, and treatment usually includes abortive medications like Sumatriptan or other triptans as well as preventive medications like Lithium or even surgery. Yet a safer, highly successful, but much less publicized treatment appears to exist – psilocybin and LSD.
Because of the ridiculous drug war that purports to act as the proverbial father of the citizenry, policing their moral and personal behavior and attempting to limit the ways in which the average person can allegedly hurt themselves, public research into the medical and spiritual benefits of psychedelic substances is relatively small.
Still, some research has been conducted such as the Sewell study entitled, “Response of cluster headache to psilocybin and LSD” published in the journal Neurology on June 27, 2006. The authors of the study interviewed 53 cluster headache patients who had used either LSD or psilocybin to treat their condition. Of the 26 psilocybin users, 22 reported that the substance aborted the attacks. Of 48 psilocybin users, 25 reported an end to their cluster period. Seven out of eight LSD users also reported an end to their cluster period.
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