Over 10% of people across the world suffer from terrible headaches and migraines – debilitating conditions which leave them in pain and incapacitated. New psychedelic research has now shown that psilocybin – the active chemical in “magic” mushrooms – can bring relief.
A recent study gave psilocybin to 10 migraine sufferers and found that a single psilocybin dose reduced the frequency of migraine attacks by about 50 percent. Using traditional methods most people find there is limited relief or long-term support for their conditions.
Additionally, the intensity of pain and crippling condition brought on by the migraines were each reduced by roughly 30 percent by the psilocybin.
This first-of-its-kind trial found no connection between the intensity of the psychedelic experience and the therapeutic value of the treatment. Researchers believe psychedelic compounds like psilocybin can have a healing effect by working on the ‘5-HT2A’ receptors in the brain.
Psilocybin has long been used as a medicine by the indigenous people of Oaxaca in Mexico and elsewhere in their healing ceremonies.
While this preliminary study was small and limited, its results indicate that psilocybin might very well be an effective and reasonably safe remedy for migraines even in small doses.