Numinus Wellness Inc. announced it has begun cultivating Psilocybe mushrooms, for the purpose of psilocybin production, at its 7000 square-foot Health Canada licensed facility. Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is currently being studied as a treatment for a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
Under its Health Canada licence for the production and extraction of psilocybin from mushrooms, Numinus intends to cultivate and harvest the mushrooms for a variety of purposes including:
- development of standardized extraction methods
- exploration of product formulations of naturally occurring psilocybin
- development and evaluation of qualitative and quantitative mycochemicals standardized test methodologies
- exploration of the ability to investigate naturally occurring psilocybin’s efficacy as an alternative supply to synthetic psilocybin currently used in research
- ultimately, the delivery of safe, evidence-based psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy at clinics including its own
“We are thrilled to start growing mushrooms at our laboratory under our Health Canada licence,” says Michael Tan, Chief Operating Officer. “We envision a day when the option of natural, plant-based psilocybin is available for use in therapies at Numinus Clinics and by others, and this is a tangible step towards that goal.”
Numinus’ vertically integrated ecosystem positions the Company to be a first-in-market, trusted leader in the delivery of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies when regulated. From product development and supply, to analytics and testing, to clinical protocol development and implementation science in partnership with leading research organizations, the ecosystem approach allows Numinus to ensure quality control and best-in-class delivery with steady revenue streams to support its developments.
Numinus continues to make progress in all units of its ecosystem. Other recent developments include:
Numinus Health — Upgrades have commenced on the existing wellness clinic for compliance to the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) specifications for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies, to ready the clinic for delivery of therapies and to provide a blueprint for the expansion of Numinus clinics in a range of jurisdictions in the future. In addition, the Company is fast-tracking plans for virtual delivery of transformative health solutions to counter COVID-related risks.
Numinus R&D — Refinements are being implemented in the Company’s clinical protocols to support MDMA and psilocybin research, and partnership discussions with leading research organizations are progressing, with the goal of making these substances accessible in a research context before they are widely available on the market.
Numinus Bioscience — The laboratory is preparing to add additional revenue streams as a contract analytical and research lab for psychedelic substances including MDMA, psilocybin, psilocin, DMT, and mescaline under its Health Canada Controlled Drugs and Substances licence.
“Numinus is setting the stage – and establishing its leadership position – for a future state where psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies are approved for clinical use outside of research,” says Payton Nyquvest, Founder, CEO, and Board Chair. “We are progressing on our mission right now by creating the infrastructure and advancing evidence-based research to support routine clinical use in the health care system. We have the infrastructure, licenses, resources, and expertise to help hasten evidence-based accessibility to these treatments so we can, ultimately, help people heal and be well.”