52% of our global population annually is afflicted by a headache disorder, and 14% of victims suffering from migraines yearly.
We asked a community of migraine-prone people to explain what it’s like to live with this disorder. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“Think about the worst brain freeze you’ve ever had…. Now multiply it by 2, add in a small amount of what feels like an electrical shock, and that splash of pain you get when you dive too deep into the pool…That’s what it feels like to me.”
Can ‘Magic’ Mushrooms break the curse?
I think it’s sufficient to say, stakes are high. Treatment for this very physical and emotional perturbation must find its way into our medicinal pandora box sooner, rather than later. Luckily, traditional medicines like psilocybin mushrooms, cannabis, and even their younger comrade, LSD, have already begun leaving their mark on the symptomatic alleviation of headache disorders. While most ongoing research is still heavily dependent on testimonials from self-medicating individuals, findings are increasingly promising, nonetheless.
The findings of Dr. Schindler study are truly encouraging, to say the least. Though psilocybin’s mechanisms of action for treating migraine pain are not yet known, she tell us:
“This will take me most of my career to uncover. One of the most interesting things is that psychedelics are chemically and pharmacologically similar to conventional migraine medications. Unlike these conventional medications, however, psilocybin appears to have a lasting effect after a single dose; this effect is what distinguishes psychedelics from traditional treatment.”