I know I am probably behind the curve on this information... I have been in "lock-down" mode. Focusing all my scant energies on a 2.5 year old and keeping up with my work. But look! Much like a frigg'in ground hog after a long winter, I am poking my head out to Check my shadow, and post in case anyone still comes across these scratches in the clay.
A friend pointed out this article to me today.
Now, although I don't beat the drum about it on this blog, I think most cluster sufferers are aware that that people have been (apparently) getting results with psychedelics for many years. I think it has been tough for many of us to get on board with this idea. As I understand it, the people in the cluster community who have braved this path use very small doses of psilocybin or even morning glory seeds to self medicate. Damn, I don't even like taking well tested pharmaceuticals over long periods of time (under a doctors care mind you...) I don't think I would want to "roll my own" so to speak and although I have made mention of it on this blog, I never felt right about popularizing the idea based solely on what seemed to be anecdotal evidence. This stance was sometimes much to the chagrin of die-hard "shrooms cure clusters" fans. I am not really prudish about the substances themselves, I am not entirely a stranger to them or their effects. I mostly have issue with desperate people using potentially dangerous compounds over LONG periods of time with no understanding of how such use could effect them. I can say I have been very tempted to try it on many occasion. You know how it is, you really will try anything when the pain is at its worst. But even though I was interested, I never planed ahead before a cycle hit and besides I don't have the "connections". Well maybe I do, I am a musician after all... ; )
So to me, someone finally doing even a small study like this is very good news. I don't know that I have seen a study like this before. Perhaps it will lead to a safe, measured treatment or at least a greater understanding of what may help. So many people need an answer but just don't want to risk other aspects of their health in the process struggling for it.
Hey, If this does lead to an effective widely used treatment, we will all owe a big debt of thanks to the crazy bastards that first said to themselves... "Damn! This cluster is killing me! I wonder if it would help if I dropped some acid?" Personally, I don't think I would have wanted to take that trip with them.