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Are We Finally Reawakening to the Profound Healing Properties of Psychedelics?

Legal research on a range of currently illegal drugs indicates they may help cure PTSD, alcoholism and even cluster headaches.

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Going back to Humphrey Osmond and Abram Hoffer’s work in Canada in the late ‘50s, they had extraordinary success in demonstrating, particularly in individuals who had this psychospiritual level experience, that they could establish and maintain sobriety for many years.  

Now, to that end, let me mention a new study that has been funded by the Heffter Research Institute that’s now in the planning stage. We’ll be at the University of New Mexico with an addiction specialist, researcher, MichaelBogenschutz , designed to look at the treatment of chronic alcoholics with a psilocybin treatment model. This will be the first study looking at this patient population with a psychedelic drug in many, many decades. So this is a great advance for the field.  

I think it’s really important that we also pay tribute and acknowledge and honor our predecessors, the researchers in the ‘50s and ‘60s, some of whom, like Stan Grof, are still around. Their work, I think, has been inspiration for all of us up here, and for our colleagues in the field. And it was really a tragedy that cultural conditions, political conditions, forced their valuable work to be shut down for many decades.  

But now we’re getting things up and running again. We’re demonstrating feasibility. We are very importantly demonstrating effective safety parameters. You know, without safety, we really can’t move forward. But we’re establishing safety. We’re conducting them under optimal conditions. Younger investigators are expressing interest in joining this field. And it is my hope and my expectation that, as we move into the future, we’re going to see significant additional advances into this very exciting field.  

Bob Wold: Hello. I’m Bob Wold. I started Clusterbusters about nine years ago, and I’m going to try to make the last nine years flash before your eyes in the next 15 minutes. First thing I want to do is thank Rick Doblin. It’s an honor to be on the same stage with him. He’s been instrumental in all the work that we did. He really helped us get going. And, without him, we probably couldn’t have done more than the entire medical community has done in the last 40 years for people with cluster headaches.  

The first thing I should do is explain what it is that we’re trying to treat, so that you can see the importance of the work. We’re working with something called cluster headaches, and a lot of people probably don’t know what they are. They are similar to migraines only in the fact that they’re on one side of the head. But I think that if you see what’s going on here, you’re going to see the importance of this work, and how desperately we do need reform.  

This is a short video of a friend of mine. His name is Chuck. He allowed himself to be videotaped. This was a couple of years ago. He’s in a hotel room. The only reason that he’s with somebody that’s holding him down was because the only reason he would allow to be filmed was if somebody was there with him that would stop him from tearing up the room and pounding his head on the walls, trying to knock himself out, which is what he normally does.  

You see a green tank there. He’s breathing pure oxygen, which is one of the treatments that is available, which … it doesn’t stop the attack, but it may shorten it from 45 minutes or an hour down to 20 minutes, in some instances. But this is … you can see it’s a little bit different than a migraine.  

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