Rutgers Sociologist, Joanna Kempner, Shows How Ordinary People in Unimaginable Pain Became “Psychedelic Outlaws”

Joanna Kempner’s new book, “Psychedelic Outlaws,” explores the unconventional journey of individuals suffering from cluster headaches who have found relief through psychedelic mushrooms. Contrary to the stereotypical image of drug enthusiasts, these individuals are everyday people seeking relief from excruciating pain rather than recreational highs. Kempner delves into their underground efforts to develop clinical-grade dosing protocols and their ongoing struggle for recognition from medical and legal authorities. Against the backdrop of the broader psychedelic therapy movement, Kempner, drawing from her own experiences with migraines, passionately advocates for understanding and access to treatments that challenge conventional medical paradigms.

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