Psilocybin For Cancer Related Distress: Enveric To Launch Clinical Trial In Partnership With University of Calgary

Enveric Biosciences ENVB a neuroscience company developing psychedelics and cannabinoids into mental health medicines, announced a collaboration with the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

The parties will work on a clinical trial of EVM-101, a treatment based on oral psilocybin, for cancer-related distress.

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According to a 2018 study, approximately 50% of cancer patients report clinical levels of psychological distress such as feelings of depressed mood, anxiety, demoralization, stress-induced clinical manifestations and reduced quality of life. 

One of the goals of the trial is to identify which symptoms in cancer-related distress best respond to psychedelic-associated therapy. 

Patient enrollment for the trial is expected to begin late in 2022 or in early 2023, according to Enveric, as the parties still need to send a regulatory submission to Health Canada to receive approval for the study.

While the trial will use psilocybin, a compound found in nature, the study design will employ proprietary psychiatry and psychotherapy-focused treatments for cancer patients with CRD.

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