Psilocybin Formulations for Treating Cluster Headaches
Many people suffering from cluster headaches could benefit from access to psilocybin as a treatment option.
Today, a small population of cluster headache sufferers find relief by consuming psilocybin — either by eating fresh mushrooms, dried mushrooms, preparations, edibles, or extracts.
For many people, having access to a formulation providing a known amount of a known compound would be desirable. Arguably, the variables associated with mushrooms limit access to valuable treatment options for cluster headaches.
Psilocybin Formulations Increase Trust and Access to Cluster Headache Treatments
Aren’t natural psilocybin mushrooms good enough? Why do we need formulations?
Yes. Consuming mushrooms is highly effective for a fraction of the people needing help. Formulations would provide another tool for studying and treating cluster headaches. Psilocybin formulations would increase access to safe and effective treatments for cluster headaches. Here is one line of reasoning:
- Many people go to their doctor for assistance diagnosing and treating their health problems.
- Most physicians are hesitant to recommend a medicine without understanding both (1) the composition of the medicine and (2) how to determine dose. (From a scientific standpoint, confounded variables makes it difficult to conduct meaningful research.) A physician treating a patient would want to correlate (a) some change in the condition of the patient with (b) a known treatment.
- As a result, many people suffering from cluster headaches are probably not told that psilocybin could provided a safe, natural, fast-acting treatment. For some of the people aware of the option, the variability in dose and composition still makes it hard to trust.
Precisely dosed psilocybin formulations would overcome the above concerns.
- “Response of cluster headache to psilocybin and LSD,”
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