Cluster Headaches? The Cure Might Just Be…LSD?!
February 12, 2012 7 Comments
Cluster Headaches. The name alone says it all. I’m such a wuss that even the slightest discomfort in my head transforms me into an irritable, short-tempered jerk.
Now imagine having headaches so intense that they can be described as “having a blowtorch applied to your eye”, “a red-hot-poker shoved into your skull”, or “the back of your eyeball being squeezed in a constantly tightening vice.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, now picture you got these types of headaches multiple times a day, sometimes for months at a time, and sometimes on a schedule that was alarmingly precise. The pain is so intense, and the feeling of helplessness so palpable, that cluster headaches are often referred to as the “suicide headache” as described in the video below.
Many sufferers have either found no relief from existing prescription medicines, or have been scared off by extremely harsh side effects. Some have embraced a seemingly controversial choice for relieving their symptoms: psilocybin, AKA “magic mushrooms.” Psilocybin is often referred to as a naturally-occurring relative of LSD.
Dr. John Halpern of Mclean Hospital, near Boston, was quoted as saying these patients “would take LSD or psilocybin across 10, 15 days, a few times, and the whole cycle would end early and the remission time between cycles would extend.”
Dr. Halpern and other researchers from Harvard University have developed a form of LSD called BOL-148, which is basically LSD without the hallucinogenic effect. Halpern, the lead designer of the drug, explains that the process involves “…replacing one hydrogen atom with a bromide that is so large, the LSD can’t fit into the receptor that is involved with causing hallucinogenic affects…. “The doctor in me is saying ‘Wow, wow, wow, This is just amazing.’”
The drug has been tested in Europe with encouraging results. According to Halpern, one of the test subjects had a 27-year history of cluster headaches. A 2- to 3- milligram oral dose of BOL-148 on day zero, five, and 10, just three doses, led to the subject going a year without a single attack.
Although early results are promising, FDA approval is not on the horizon. Halpern has founded his own company to continue research and production of the drug.
While this story is promising for people who wish to cure their cluster headaches without the associated hallucinogenic experience, it is criminal that in the USA, people who suffer from a debilitating condition cannot pursue the medicine that helps them without the specter of jail hanging over them.
Even more upsetting is seeing the US Government talk out of both sides of their mouth. Marijuana in its natural form has no medicinal use, they still claim. If marijuana has no medical use, then why are these drugs either derived from ingredients found in marijuana or synthesized to recreate the naturally-occuring substances in marijuana? It’s a twofold reason, folks: money and control.
The US Government, which is bought and paid for by Big Pharma, doesn’t have a vested interest in you getting well. They do, however, have a vested interest in making money for their friends and associates. Also note that most of these Big Pharma drugs will remove the “high” from its natural state. Experimenting with drugs leads to free thinking and the ability to see through the weave of lies that we all are exposed to every day. The government CERTAINLY does not want you developing conscious awareness.
End the war on drugs. It is a war on people, and it is fought at the behest of Big Pharma.
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Sources include Thebostonchannel.com