The convergence of cannabinoids and psilocybin in a unified formulation to address physical and psychological well-being has moved closer to realization as highlighted in a patent filed by a prominent cannabinoid laboratory called CaaMTech. Situated in Issaquah, Washington, just under 20 miles southeast of Seattle, CaaMTech is conducting an analysis of the mutual interactions between these two compounds and the specific outcomes they can yield in terms of physical and mental health.
Presently, the company’s refined psilocybin-cannabinoid formulation is still in the early stages of development. This patent progress comes at a time when the availability of genetic information on marijuana and psilocybin is increasing, which presents opportunities to explore novel ways in which these substances can collaborate, potentially resulting in the creation of innovative commercial offerings.
For example, the combination of marijuana and psilocybin has demonstrated tumor reduction in the case report of a 49-year-old woman with breast cancer. This discovery has prompted researchers to conclude that mounting empirical and anecdotal evidence supports the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids as well as psychedelics in diminishing tumor growth while also providing relief from pain and psychological distress associated with cancer and chemo.
Researchers now envision a comprehensive solution to address extreme mental health disorders and inflammation by harnessing the beneficial properties of both substances. One potential approach involves incorporating psilocybin with a minor cannabinoid such as cannabichromene (CBC), which is abundantly present in cannabis plants. This amalgamation could potentially result in a one-time treatment option.
Daniel McQueen, executive director of the Boulder, Colorado-based Center for Medicinal Mindfulness and author of a book titled “Psychedelic Cannabis,” has been facilitating marijuana-assisted psychedelic therapy at the organization. This therapy involves overseeing individual psychedelic cannabis and ketamine experiences alongside guided meditation, personal coaching, educational classes, as well as community support.
McQueen agrees that the creation of a psilocybin-marijuana pill or combination compound is entirely feasible. Nevertheless, there are significant obstacles to overcome in developing such a compound. Cannabinoids and psychedelics interact with distinct receptors in the brain. THC, a cannabinoid, predominantly binds to CB1 receptors, while CBC primarily binds to CB2 receptors. On the other hand, psilocybin, a psychedelic, primarily binds to 5-HT2A serotonin receptors.
However, research has indicated that CBD, one of the abundant cannabinoids, interacts with serotonin’s receptors, and when serotonin is coupled with a CB2 cannabinoid receptor, this combination can produce effects that none of the receptors can achieve independently. A study conducted by Spanish scientists in 2022 focusing on ischemia in newborn piglets revealed that CBD activates serotonin receptors, leading to neuroprotective effects.
Researchers continue to diligently seek improved solutions to address mental health concerns, regardless of the substances involved.
Other research teams, such as the team at IGC Pharma Inc. (NYSE American: IGC), are focusing on developing therapeutics from THC and other cannabinoids for use in the mainstream healthcare system.
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