Development of Psilocybin, LSD, and Bromo-LSD for Cluster Headache

Cluster Headache is not what one usually thinks of when someone says they have a headache: the pain will wake one up out of their sleep and is so searing and painful that people are known to pull out their hair or bang their head against the wall or floor to distract themselves. Indeed, cluster has been nicknamed “suicide headaches.” Listeners left this presentation knowing a lot more about cluster headache and the story of how patients have come to find in psilocybin and LSD a profound medication that helps more than the medicines currently available from physicians. Clusterbusters is working closely with Dr. John Halpern of McLean Hospital/ Harvard Medical School and is sponsoring his clinical project to evaluate psilocybin for people with episodic cluster headache. To bring research with psilocybin to Harvard has been a long and complicated road, but listeners will learn why it is the most important one to take for the lives that may depend upon it. Over the past year, Clusterbusters’ work has expanded to include the addition of a new and exciting direct offshoot of the psilocybin work. This successful study featuring break-though treatment results were be examined at this conference.

This video is from Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, a conference taking in place in San Jose, California on April 15-18, 2010. The conference was organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in collaboration with the Heffter Research Institute, the Council on Spiritual Practices, and the Beckley Foundation.

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