A Glimpse into the Promising Future of Psychedelic Medicine: 5-MeO-DMT Study for Treatment Resistant Depression

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A Glimpse into the Promising Future of Psychedelic Medicine: 5-MeO-DMT Study for Treatment Resistant Depression

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Isha Team


November 17, 2023


November 20, 2023


Isha Health is thrilled to share groundbreaking news in the field of psychedelic medicine. On October 24, 2023, the first patient was dosed in Beckley Psytech's international Phase IIb study of BPL-003, a novel synthetic intranasal formulation of 5-MeO-DMT, also known as Mebufotenin. This study aims to explore the potential of this compound for treating Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). Dr. Shimada, the founder of Isha Health, is set to be a study physician for this research in San Francisco, California. In this blog post, we delve into this exciting development and what it means for those suffering from depression and anxiety.

5-MeO-DMT: A Novel Approach to Treatment-Resistant Depression

Depression is a pervasive and debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is even more challenging to address, as traditional therapies often prove ineffective. In light of this, Beckley Psytech Ltd is exploring a novel approach using 5-MeO-DMT in a multi-center, quadruply-masked Phase IIb study.

The Largest 5-MeO-DMT Efficacy Study Ever

This groundbreaking study is being conducted at 40 sites across six different countries, making it the most extensive efficacy study of 5-MeO-DMT to date. The research will provide valuable insights into the safety and efficacy of this compound for TRD treatment. The initial results are expected to be available in 2024.

BPL-003: A Game-Changer in Psychedelic Medicine

Beckley Psytech's BPL-003 is a synthetic intranasal formulation of 5-MeO-DMT, administered using an FDA-approved delivery device. The research involves a randomized, dose-finding trial that assesses the effects of medium and high doses of BPL-003, in conjunction with psychological support, compared to an active placebo. This comprehensive approach is designed to reduce expectancy bias, with the study participants, investigators, therapists, and outcomes assessors all blinded to the dosage allocation.

Promising Preclinical and Phase I Results

The dosages used in this Phase IIb study were carefully selected following Beckley Psytech's preclinical and Phase I research, which demonstrated that BPL-003 is well-tolerated and offers a predictable dose-linear pharmacokinetic profile. Medium and high dosages consistently induced profound psychedelic experiences, with rapid onset and resolution of effects within 60-90 minutes.

A Global Collaboration for a Global Issue

The success of this study is attributed to a global collaboration. International experts, therapists from around the world, and 40 highly qualified clinical trial sites across six countries have come together to make this research possible

The Path Forward

The initial results of this Phase IIb study, expected in 2024, will be combined with data from their ongoing Phase IIa study to inform the compound's future clinical development.

Conclusion: A Promising Future for Psychedelic Medicine

The initiation of Beckley Psytech's Phase IIb study of BPL-003 is a milestone in the development of psychedelic medicine. It offers hope to millions of people suffering from TRD and highlights the potential of 5-MeO-DMT as a novel and effective treatment. Isha Health, as an at-home ketamine clinic for individuals with depression and anxiety, is committed to staying at the forefront of innovative mental health solutions. We will closely monitor the progress of this study and eagerly anticipate the results that could change lives for the better.

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