The science that makes the Psychedelic Boom inevitable and how to position yourself ahead of it – Numinus Wellness Inc. (TSX-V:NUMI)

By James Moore


At some point there will be a rush to buy psychedelic stocks.

It’s inevitable.

The trigger might be a research breakthrough, a blockbuster IPO, positive results in a clinical trial, the takeover of a small drug development company by one of the larger players, or even something completely unforeseen.

But the fact remains – at some point it will happen.

You see, the macro forces propelling this market are too powerful to resist.

The scientific evidence supporting psychedelic assisted therapies is too compelling, and the worldwide need for these treatments too great.

They really could augment or replace existing therapies for depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and addiction.

Even so, extreme efforts were made over the years to suppress this market’s progress, but they have ultimately failed.

In 1971, an international treaty was signed at the United Nations that effectively led to a global ban on psychoactive substances.

The severe legislation was designed both to halt the supply of psychedelics and to stigmatize them.

Today, even mentioning the word “psychedelic” in ordinary conversation can provoke a deeply negative response.

Yet this is just misplaced emotion based on outdated propaganda.

Those that have researched modern psychedelic assisted therapies will know of their potential to transform millions of lives.

Thankfully, in the last 50 years, a small number of dedicated scientists worked around the global ban and conducted sophisticated research into the physical and emotional effects of psychedelics in controlled research settings.

These pioneers were firm in the belief that the careful administration of psychedelic compounds could treat illness by unlocking some of the human brain’s most complex mechanisms.

It now looks like they were right.

The results of their studies and trials were consistently outstanding.

In spite of such a hostile environment, the forerunners of today’s psychedelic sector showed the potential benefit these substances could have in helping to treat many mental health conditions.

Thanks to their perseverance, important research into psychedelics has been embraced by the mainstream over the last few years.

October 2018 marked a pivotal moment in this movement.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration awarded “Breakthrough Therapy Designation” to U.K. research group Compass Pathways. This allowed it to test the safety and effectiveness of psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – to combat treatment-resistant depression.

The floodgates were opened.

Endorsement from the FDA heralded a quantum leap forward for the expansion of the psychedelic sector.

Companies could now proceed with their research programs, safe in the knowledge that official blessing had become a precedent.

Thanks to their long-standing advocacy in support of psychedelic assisted therapies to treat mental health conditions, the founders of Numinus Wellness Inc. (TSX-V:NUMI) were among the first to recognize this fast-developing commercial opportunity.

Crucially, they also spotted where the battle for success would first be lost or won – The recruitment of a team of skilled researchers capable of designing and developing the next generation of psychedelic assisted therapies.

Success in the psychedelic sector will be decided by the brightest minds

One of the most appealing aspects about the psychedelic space is that it will likely be a highly concentrated market on the supply side.

First-class research is already at the heart of the sector, and there aren’t many experts in the field.

The prolonged global ban has restricted the number of active specialists available today.

Even though the walls of prohibition are coming down, and we are witnessing the birth of what Canaccord Genuity believes could become a US$100 billion market, that legacy presents a very real near-term challenge.

In fact, it is so pressing, that if companies hoping to break into the market haven’t already secured their research personnel then it is probably already too late.

A bit like the NFL draft, the top talent got picked early.

For Numinus (TSX-V:NUMI), the appointment of Dr Evan Wood as its new Chief Medical Officer was an incredible coup.

Dr Wood is a rock star in the substance use research and drug policy world, whose work is recognized the world over. 

He founded or created a host of entities that contributed to medical and drug policy reforms including the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. He’s been routinely quoted by international news organizations (e.g. CNN), and has co-authored more than 400 scientific papers in the world’s top medical journals. 

But it is his ongoing role as a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia and his leadership role at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) that really provides Numinus (TSX-V:NUMI) with a crucial competitive edge.

Dr Wood’s lab at the University of British Colombia (UBC) and St. Paul’s hospital has a longstanding track record of taking on challenging projects and overcoming obstacles. Not only does it deliver the highest quality research, but it also has a track record of implementing this knowledge in the real world.

Roughly a decade ago, Dr. Wood founded the Stop the Violence BC Coalition, which was a key driving force in the move to legalize adult cannabis use in Canada .

Alongside this, Dr Wood and his team have also been heavily involved in a host of addiction prevention and treatment initiatives including being a principal investigator of the evaluation of North America’s first medically supervised safer injecting facility. 

Dr. Wood’s research was widely cited in the unanimous Canadian Federal Supreme Court decision that has allowed these interventions to become commonplace in Canada. 

And that is not to mention his research on treating HIV infection among heroin users helped shape British Columbia’s HIV prevention and treatment strategy that has seen HIV/AIDS rates plummet by approximately 90%.

He also led the creation of new national guidelines and standards for addictive disorders.

As Professor of Medicine at the UBC, Wood helps lead the university’s response to substance use and related mental health challenges through a federally funded Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. These positions are reserved only for outstanding researchers, acknowledged by peers in their disciplines as world leaders. 

So, when Dr Wood and his colleagues turned their attention towards psychedelics as a treatment option for addictions in April 2017, they quickly secured official backing.

Three years later, and they have made significant progress in a host of research to evaluate using psychedelic compounds to develop health-focussed, evidence-based treatment methods for different addictive disorders and post traumatic stress disorder.

And that’s not all.

The scope of Dr Wood and his team’s work expands to the study of the other therapeutic benefits psychedelics might hold.

Now, armed with this knowledge base and practical experience, Dr Wood is ready to oversee the deployment of his life’s mission outside of the laboratory and into the real world.

For shareholders in Numinus (TSX-V:NUMI|OTC:LKYSD) this presents an incredible opportunity.

Set up to do BIG things- Numinus Wellness Inc. (TSX-V:NUMI)

With such strong backing, Numinus (TSX-V:NUMI) is perfectly positioned to ride the crest of the psychedelic wave.

In the words of the firm’s Chief Executive Payton Nyquvest, the company has been set up “to do BIG things.”

And it has already started to deliver on this promise.

Only last week, Health Canada issued a research amendment to Numinus’ (TSX-V:NUMI) Dealer’s License making it the first publicly traded company permitted to produce and extract psilocybin from mushrooms.

For a company of Numinus’ (TSX-V:NUMI) size, this achievement is momentous.

Not only does it vindicate the firm’s research pedigree, but it also signals the company’s ability to execute its strategy.

No wonder other prominent experts are flocking to join Numinus’ (TSX-V:NUMI) ranks.

Dr. Gabor Maté, one of the leading trauma doctors in the world, joined the company’s clinical advisory team at the end of May.

Then, in early June, Dr Devon Christie became the firm’s medical director. A specialist in psychedelic-assisted therapies, she will oversee development of Numinus’ (TSX-V:NUMI) treatment methods in clinical settings.

More appointments are expected to follow. But it is already clear that the stars are aligning for this stock’s awesome potential.

Numinus (TSX-V:NUMI) dedicated 7,000sqft Health Canada licensed laboratory enables it to  support cutting-edge research into psychedelic assisted therapies and therapies.

 The plan then is to roll out ground-breaking treatments for mental health conditions across North America, through wholly-owned or partner clinics, once approval is received from regulators.

Considering that target patient populations number in the millions across the U.S. and Canada alone, the sheer scale of the opportunity becomes abundantly clear.

With the core of its impressive team in place, Numinus (TSX-V:NUMI) is now poised to deliver exceptional growth.


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