Migraines are a debilitating neurological condition that affects millions of people and are a common side effect of traumatic brain injuries (“TBI”). While there is no cure for migraines, researchers at Yale School of Medicine are studying the potential benefits of using magic mushrooms to treat this condition. Magic mushrooms contain a chemical called psilocybin, which has been shown to have a positive effect on brain function and may help alleviate migraine symptoms.
The link between migraines and TBI
Migraines are a neurological condition that is characterized by recurrent headaches, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can last anywhere from a few hours to several days and can significantly impact a person's quality of life. The exact cause of migraines is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to changes in brain chemistry and activity.
Between 58 and 81% of traumatic brain injury patients report developing migraine attacks, regardless of the severity of their initial injury. In addition:
- “Most post-TBI headache issues resolve over the course of a year, but they can last more than a year for one-third of TBI survivors.
- Approximately 20% of patients have newly-developed or worsening headache symptoms at five years.
- One small study showed that, among veterans with TBIs, all had evidence of a headache disorder between 4-11 years after the injury occurred
- Brain injury-related headaches can evolve over time—new symptoms can develop, and attacks can move from episodic to chronic, along with other changes.”
Conventional treatments for migraines include over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medications, and lifestyle changes, such as avoiding triggers that can worsen symptoms. While these treatments can be effective in some cases, for many patients with traumatic brain injury, they are not always successful and can have detrimental side effects.
Potential benefits of “magic mushrooms”
Magic mushrooms contain psilocybin, a chemical that has been shown to have a positive effect on brain function. Psilocybin is a psychedelic substance that produces a range of effects, including altered perception, changes in mood, and a sense of heightened spirituality. While psilocybin is still illegal in many parts of the country and the world, research into its potential medical benefits is ongoing.
Studies have shown that psilocybin can have a positive effect on brain function and may help alleviate symptoms of migraines. In a recent study conducted by researchers at Yale School of Medicine, participants with migraines were given doses of psilocybin spaced a few days apart. The results showed that the participants experienced a significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of their migraines.
Psilocybin and cognitive function
In addition to its potential benefits for migraines, psilocybin may also be beneficial for other aspects of brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have long-lasting effects on cognitive function, mood, and behavior. While there is currently no cure for TBIs, researchers are exploring new treatments that may help alleviate symptoms and improve outcomes for those affected.
Past studies have shown that psilocybin can have a positive effect on brain function and may help repair damage caused by TBIs. In a 2013 study conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida, rats with TBIs were given psilocybin. The results showed that the rats experienced a significant reduction in brain damage and improved cognitive function.
Psilocybin and depression
In addition to its potential benefits for migraines and brain function, psilocybin may also be beneficial for depression. Depression is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and is one of the more common complications of traumatic brain injuries. While there are many treatments available for depression, including medication and psychotherapy, they are not always successful and can have side effects.
Studies have shown that psilocybin can have a positive effect on mood and may help alleviate symptoms of depression. In a recent study conducted by researchers at Imperial College London, participants with depression were given a single dose of psilocybin. The results showed that the participants experienced a significant reduction in symptoms of depression, with effects lasting for up to three weeks.
Though psilocybin has been used to treat some of the most common effects of TBI – migraines, cognitive function, and depression – is still in the early stages of research, and more studies are needed to fully understand its potential benefits and risks. However, the results of these studies are promising and suggest that psilocybin may be a valuable treatment option for these conditions in the future.
Per Yale School of Medicine, “The road to total decriminalization and destigmatization in the United States may be long, but with each study that is conducted on the function and effects of psychedelics, researchers like Schindler will continue to provide hope and alleviate the suffering of a community that has been searching for answers.”
Note: The use of psilocybin should only be done under the guidance of a medical professional in a controlled setting. Psilocybin can produce powerful effects that can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous if not used properly. It is also important to note that psilocybin is still illegal in many parts of the country, including California, and should not be used outside of a clinical setting.
The potential benefits of using magic mushrooms to treat traumatic brain injuries are exciting and offer hope for those affected by these conditions. While more research is needed to fully understand the benefits and risks of psilocybin, the results of current studies are promising and suggest that this treatment may be a valuable option for those who have not responded well to conventional methods. As always, it is important to consult with a medical professional before starting any new treatment to ensure that it is safe and effective for you.
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