Functional fungi firm Psyched Wellness introduced lately that the corporate has been listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, bolstering its bid to convey mushroom-derived merchandise with authorized psychedelic compounds to the patron market. The firm is being traded below the ticker image PSYC on the CSE, with shares closing at CA$0.14 on Wednesday.
In a phone interview with High Times, Psyched Wellness CEO Jeffrey Stevens characterised the general public itemizing as “a great milestone to achieve, to become a listed company.”
Besides Psyched Wellness, 2020 has seen different high-profile new inventory listings on Canadian funding markets. In March, Champignon Brands, a agency growing psychological well being therapies with psilocybin and ketamine, made its buying and selling debut with an IPO itemizing on the Canadian Securities Exchange below the ticker image SHRM. Only days later, MindMed, with backers together with former Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton and Shark Tank superstar investor Kevin O’Leary, went public with an IPO listed on the Canadian NEO Exchange.
“Canada has traditionally been a great market to raise venture capital and micro-cap through a public vehicle. It started off with the Toronto Venture Exchange, and then more recently, the Canadian Securities Exchange was introduced. And that is a prime exchange for junior micro-cap companies to raise the capital to build businesses and to grow,” Stevens defined. “So you see a lot on the exploration side. Cannabis was a big sector for the Canadian Securities Exchange, and as a result of the number of issuers that went public in the cannabis sector there, I think it was just natural for the psychedelic industry to look to the Canadian Securities Exchange as a platform.”
Functional Mushroom Tincture Under Development
The first product from Psyched Wellness, Stevens mentioned, is slated to be a tincture created from Amanita muscaria, seemingly “the most recognized mushroom in the world. If you think of Alice in Wonderland, Super Mario Brothers, even the emoji on your telephone is likely an Amanita.”
Although using Amanita is steeped in historic lore of northern Europe and Asia, the mushroom just isn’t a well-liked selection at this time. One of its energetic elements, ibotenic acid, may cause nausea and vomiting and is extensively thought of toxic.
“Because of that factor, people did not use it recreationally like they use psilocybin in magic mushrooms. It takes a little more work than just picking it and eating it, or drying it and eating it,” famous Stevens. “As a result, that’s the opportunity for us, because it’s not considered a drug. It’s just considered a food and we’re able to work with it legally in all jurisdictions.”
However, Amanita additionally incorporates muscimol, a decarboxylated type of ibotenic acid that’s psychoactive and may have a soothing, calming impact. When Amanita muscaria is fastidiously extracted and processed, muscimol may be optimized whereas ibotenic acid is eradicated from the ultimate product.
“The approach that we’re taking that I think differentiates Psyched Wellness from our peers is that we are working with a psychedelic mushroom that is effectively a functional food because it’s edible and it is said to have health benefits, i.e. a calming effect and a relaxing effect,” defined Stevens. “And that’s what our first product tincture will be aiming to produce for the consumer.”
New Expertise Brought On Board
In addition to furthering analysis and improvement on its preliminary product, Psyched Wellness has additionally been shoring up its management group this yr, Stevens reported.
“We’ve also attracted some key people to our advisory board. So we’ve got Professor David Nutt, who is a professor at Imperial College in the UK,” he mentioned. “He’s a brain imagery specialist and one of the most sought-after speakers in the psychedelic conference circuit. He’s currently the head of the advisory board for Compass Pathways, so he’s a big deal in the space.”
“He has actually studied our mushroom, Amanita muscaria, in the past,” Stevens added. “So when we contacted him and asked him to join he was quite keen to be a part of it, because to his knowledge and ours, no one else is studying or working with Amanita muscaria and specifically muscimol, which is the active compound. So we’re pretty excited to have him on board.”
Psyched Wellness is conducting pre-clinical analysis to confirm the security and efficacy of the tincture and to find out the right dosage. After one other yr of investigation, Stevens mentioned the corporate needs to be able to submit functions to U.S. and Canadian regulators for approval of the tincture as a dietary complement.
“With the completion of this study, we will have all of the supporting data to apply to the FDA for a new dietary ingredient and with Health Canada for a natural health product number,” he mentioned, “which will allow us to sell our first product, a muscimol tincture, as a supplement in those two markets.”
Once these functions have been submitted, it may take regulators as much as 120 days to grant approval. But by then, advertising and manufacturing efforts might be nicely underway, Stevens mentioned.
“When they give us the green light, we’ll be ready to put product on the shelves,” he predicted.