Cluster headaches are a sever type of migraine that effect 1 out of every 250 people. They are not hereditary and occur more in men than women to a ratio of 2.5:1.
People who suffer from cluster headaches refer to them as one of the most painful experiences in their life. The suicide rate is 20 times higher for people who suffer from cluster headaches.
This documentary trailer on cluster headaches paints a good picture of what it is like to experience them:
There are medical procedures you can undergo to mitigate an attack but they don’t always work and come with side effects including nausea, dizziness, lack of appetite, fatigue, stomach ache and feeling low.
Tyler Mann, the creator of the documentary mentioned above has this to say about his headaches:
“I am not a suicidal person, and I enjoy life. But when I am in the middle of a cluster attach, suicide is a real option that I have considered. The pain is more than anything you can image. Nothing matters except for stopping the pain, and suicide is a real option.”
It’s hard to grasp the seriousness of people who suffer from this ailment, but reading first-hand accounts like these helps put it into prospective.
What Causes a Headache
Headaches are a complicated ailment that can be caused by a number of things – diet, stress, environment, not enough exercise, family history. For some eating foods like MSG can trigger serious headaches.
Headaches are broken into two main categories primary and secondary headaches. Common primary headaches are migraines, thunder clap headaches, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. These are stand alone illnesses caused with problems structures in the head. Blood vessels, muscles, and nerve of head and neck.
Secondary headaches are less sever and are causations of other influences. Secondary headaches are caused by:
- Alcohol-induced hangover
- Blood clots
- Brain freeze or ice-cream headaches
- Concussion dehydration
- Teeth-drilling at night
- Overuse of pain medication
- Brain tumor
- Bleeding in or around the brain
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
It is important to be aware of what type of headache you are experiencing so you can appropriately attend it.
Types of Headaches and Locations
Tension headaches are the most common form of primary headaches. The experience feels like a tight band being squeezed around your brain.
The second most common form of primary headaches are migraines. These are felt as pulsating throbbing pain usually on one side of the head.
Migraines can also cause
- Blurred vision
- Sensory disturbance knows as auras
Migraines are the 6th highest cause of days lost due to disability worldwide.
Excessive use of medication is the cause of rebound headaches. This type of headache can also cause
- Can also cause neck pain
- A feeling of nasal congestion
- Reduced sleep quality
Lasting between 1-5 minutes, cluster headaches are described as one of the worse forms of headaches. These are life-threatening and can lead to intracerebral hemorrhage, cerebral venous thrombosis, ruptured o unruptured aneurysms, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, meningitis, and pituitary apoplexy
If you are experiencing thunderclap headaches you should seek immediate medical evaluation.
Cluster headaches last between 15 minutes and 3 hours. They occur in cycles up eight times a day for a period of weeks to months. Most people who suffer from cluster headaches will experience “headache-free” periods for months to years.
The pain can be felt on one side of the brain or both sides. The experience is described as a burning feeling in the brain, often described as a hot knife stabbing the head. These are typically felt around the eye or temple.
HHow to Stop a Cluster Headache Cycle
To stop the cycle of cluster head aches you mush first find out what’s causing them. A reductionist diet is a common way for people to find the reason for their headaches.
Oxygen is also a common treatment for cluster headaches, but for some it just prolongs the attack.
Many treat their headaches with pain killers but because the attack happen so rapidly, you have to treat them with injections. Attack occur within minutes.
Sumatriptan injections are a common treatment. People also use Sumatriptan and zolmitriptan nasal sprays, but these solutions treat the attacks slower and come with side effects. Psychedelic Cluster Headache Research
New psychedelics research is coming out as a preventative solution for headaches. A lot of the research is inspired by the amounting anecdotal evidence.
One study in 2006 found that psilocybin and LSD are a serious solution to stopping attacks. These substances have the potential to end the cluster headache cycle and extend breaks between cycles.
This study consisted of a small group of 53 people. 22 out of the 26 psilocybin users reported thir attack aborted. 7 of the 8 LSD users reported cluster period terminated. 4 of the 5 LSD users and 18 of 19 psilocybin users reported remission periods extended.
Other studies are now being made in research groups in prestigious school like Vale and Harvard
Some claim these substances are the best medicine we have to fight habitual headaches.
If you are interested in the research, you can visit this site and even apply to participate in the studies.
Psilocybin Cubensis and Migraine – Story of Cluster Busters
Bob Wold has been advocating the study and legal use of psychedelics for years. Wold suffered from bi-annual cluster headaches for 20 years.
Wold has a fascinating story. He was prescribed 75 different medications including extremely dangerous drugs like fentanyl and cocaine drops. Before stumbling on psychedelics, Wold considered surgery which would have severed nerves in his brain, cutting off sensation in his face.
Before committing to surgery, he found an forum advocating the use of psychedelic treating. Due to trick laws around psychedelic, Wold turned to his kids in college to obtain these drugs. This is very dangerous. Whenever obtaining drugs from an unknown source, we highly recommend using a testing kit to test your drug to make sure it pure.
He was desperate to break the cluster headache cycle. Shortly after using psychedelic mushrooms, he noticed an improvement. Wold reported feeling the best mentally in 20 years.
Since his experience, Wold created Cluster Busters to spread awareness psychedelic treatment awareness.
Inspired by Wold’s story, Dr. John Halpern has since then conducted studies of his own. He found 95% of subjects successfully delayed or completely abandoned headaches.
You should always consult your doctor before experiment with these substances. Psychedelics should react adversely with other medications you might be taking.
Ayahuasca Cluster Headaches
Another popular advocate for psychedelic treatment for headaches is Graham Hancock (WHO IS THIS. GET MOORE OF A PROFILE). Hancock suffered from habitual headaches, sometime 20 sever migraines a month.
He took ayahuasca and iboga in a shamanic ceremony and he no longer suffers from headaches.
Micro-dosing for Migraines
Not ready to take the full dive into a psychedelic experience? That’s ok. These substances can be scary if you’re just learning about them.
Microdosing is more and more popular and is a substitute for doing a full blown trip. Instead of taking enough to trip, you take a tiny amount.
It’s not about getting high, but about treating your ailment. You don’t hallucinate. People now micro dose to help with migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression and even stuttering.
A normal micro dose falls around 0.2 – 0.8 grams. This is normally 2-4 mushroom caps. You can take these by eating them, stewing them in water to make into a tea, you can crush them up and add them to a capsule.
The effects of mushrooms can vary depending on the type of mushroom and how it was grown. Start with a low dose and work from there. Also, do your research on what type of mushroom you are taking.
Mushroom Tea for Cluster Headaches
Mushroom tea can be both used for micro-dosing or tripping. There are a lot of great mushroom tea recipes.
One of my favorites is Paul Stamets mushroom tea which can be found here.
Cluster Headaches Mushroom Documentary
Did you like the trailer above. You can support their initiative here. No release date yet but you can contact them film maker at their website.
Clusterheads is a film aiming to bring awareness to people who suffer from cluster headaches. Giving people who suffer a voice.
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