BASEL, Switzerland, Jan. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- MindMed (NEO: MMED), (OTCQB: MMEDF), (DE: MMQ), a leading psychedelic medicine biotech company, announced today the start of the first ever clinical trial measuring and evaluating MDMA and LSD used in combination in the human body. The trial will be conducted at the University Hospital Basel Liechti Lab, in Basel, Switzerland.
If administered in combination with LSD, MDMA may increase positive subjective drug effects, including positive mood and empathy, and reduce the negative emotions and anxiety that are sometimes associated with LSD - producing an overall more positive experience.
MindMed is undertaking a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate if MDMA, when balanced and used in combination with LSD, can help offset some of the known potential unpleasant effects of LSD that occur in therapy or clinical settings. MindMed is interested in understanding how to balance both MDMA and LSD in a cohesive way to create better patient outcomes, and develop more advanced psychedelic assisted therapies, as MindMed expands both its R&D and commercial drug development pipeline. The study is anticipated to take around one year to complete.
President of MindMed, Dr. Miri Halperin Wernli added, "I believe that when LSD and MDMA are taken together they have exceptional potential to open a window into our mind which will awaken it to new levels of awareness by changing the fluidity of the state of consciousness, amplifying changed perceptions, intensifying emotions, and stimulating novel thoughts. It is like a gateway to a multidimensional universe."
The Phase 1 double-blind, placebo-controlled, 4-period crossover design study officially began this week and will assess subjective and autonomic effects aiming to determine the qualitative emotional differences between a combined MDMA and LSD experience, a pure LSD experience and a pure MDMA experience, versus a placebo.
LSD in other Phase 1 clinical trials has demonstrated an acute subjective effect on the serotonin 5-HT2A receptor stimulation, leading to ego dissolution and neuroplasticity. These properties of LSD are thought to have therapeutic effects on patients suffering from mental disorders. However, in some instances unpleasant effects can occur in therapy, causing distress to the subject through acute anxiety.
If MindMed finds the Phase 1 trial results promising, it will work with expert clinicians to undertake patient studies with treatments combining MDMA and LSD for various potential indications and mental disorders. With its recent capital raise resulting in a total of CAD $237.2m (USD $183.8m) raised to date and the essential addition of Robert Barrow as Chief Development Officer, MindMed is well positioned to capitalize on research advancements resulting from groundbreaking studies such as this.
More details on the clinical trial can be found here: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04516902
MindMed is a psychedelic medicine biotech company that discovers, develops and deploys psychedelic inspired medicines and therapies to address addiction and mental illness. The company is assembling a compelling drug development pipeline of innovative treatments based on psychedelic substances including Psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, DMT and an Ibogaine derivative, 18-MC. The MindMed executive team brings extensive biopharmaceutical experience to the company's groundbreaking approach to developing the next-generation of psychedelic inspired medicines and therapies.
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