The Company expects to have ibogaine manufactured and in use for research by Q4.
VANCOUVER, BC, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Mind Cure Health Inc. (CSE: MCUR) (OTCQB: MCURF) (FRA: 6MH) ("MINDCURE" or the "Company") a leader in advanced proprietary technology for psychedelic drug discovery, is pleased to announce that it has begun the first stage of manufacturing pharmaceutical grade ibogaine to be used in preclinical and clinical research.
Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive compound extracted from the root of the Tabernanthe iboga shrub, native of the Congo and Gabon.1 The compound offers therapeutic potential for substance use disorders, and is claimed to be among the most powerful anti-addiction drugs, particularly when used with proper supervision and support. However, natural sources of ibogaine are extremely limited since these plants are at risk of extinction due to the growing global demand and environmental pressures threatening their natural habitat.
MINDCURE recognizes the importance of sustainability, excellence, and reliability regarding the materials it uses in product development and research. By manufacturing ibogaine, MINDCURE's research team will have access to a predictable and standardized supply of synthetic ibogaine, while ensuring consistent dosing and reliable results.
Ibogaine has unique and broad actions in the brain, affecting multiple receptors and neurotransmitter systems. In addition to inducing powerful subjective effects, research indicates ibogaine may help repair and rewire addiction-related neural pathways.2 Emerging evidence of its neuroprotective effects, as well as its ability to boost brain neurotrophic factors and neuroplasticity processes supports future research into the use of ibogaine and derivatives thereof for other indications, including in the treatment of neuropathic pain and neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.3 While ibogaine showcases a wide mechanism of action, potential toxicity, and low bioavailability which may preclude ibogaine's usefulness in treating neurodegenerative disorders, MINDCURE will dutifully design any research efforts in recognition of these facts.
"Ibogaine is among a few psychoactive alkaloids found in the iboga plant. Ibogaine offers incredible therapeutic potential, especially in the context of neuroregeneration," said Dr. Ryan Hartwell, Chief Science Officer, MINDCURE. "Manufacturing ibogaine gives us the ability to pursue promising research avenues and obtain high-quality results, without threatening the existence of the plant and limiting the natural supply of an amazing psychedelic."
About Mind Cure Health (MINDCURE) Inc.
MINDCURE exists as a response to the current mental health crisis and urgent calls for effective treatments. MINDCURE believes in the need to reinvent the mental health care model for patients and practitioners to allow psychedelics to advance into common and accepted care.
MINDCURE is focused on identifying and developing pathways and products that ease suffering, increase productivity, and enhance mental health. MINDCURE is interested in exploring diverse therapeutic areas beyond psychiatry, including digital therapeutics, neuro-supports, and psychedelics, all to improve mental health.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Kelsey Ramsden, President & CEO
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Forward-looking information is based on a number of key expectations and assumptions made by MINDCURE, including, without limitation: the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the Canadian economy and MINDCURE's business, and the extent and duration of such impact; no change to laws or regulations that negatively affect MINDCURE's business; there will be a demand for MINDCURE's products in the future; no unanticipated expenses or costs arise; MINDCURE will be able to continue to identify products that make them ideal candidates for providing solutions for treating mental health; that the functional mushroom industry will continue to grow; manufacturing ibogaine will help MINDCURE achieve its research goals; and MINDCURE will be able to operate its business as planned. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what MINDCURE believes to be reasonable assumptions, it cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such information.
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1 Ignacio Carrera, "How the Psychedelic Ibogaine May Heal, Repair & Protect the Brain," Chacruna (February 2018), https://chacruna.net/ibogaine-heal-repair-protect-brain/.
2 Soledad Marton et al., "Ibogaine Administration Modifies GDNF and BDNF Expression in Brain Regions Involved in Mesocorticolimbic and Nigral Dopaminergic Circuits," Frontiers in Pharmacology 10 (May 2019), https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2019.00193.
3 Soledad Marton et al., "Ibogaine Administration Modifies GDNF and BDNF Expression in Brain Regions Involved in Mesocorticolimbic and Nigral Dopaminergic Circuits."
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