UK Company Secures Approval for World’s First DMT Clinical Trial

December 10, 2020

Small Pharma is working in collaboration with Imperial College London’s Centre for Psychedelic Research.

Small Pharma (London, UK), a neuropharmaceutical company committed to accelerating the development of effective therapeutic treatments for mental health disorders, has received regulatory approval for the world’s first patient clinical trial using N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT).

Small Pharma is investigating the potential of psychedelics as a ”potentially revolutionary treatment” for depression and other mental health conditions and is exploring compounds — specifically DMT — to deliver solutions. This clinical trial is the world’s first formal trial to evaluate the combination of DMT and psychotherapy to treat patients with major depressive disorder, to get to the root causes of the problem.

DMT (the abbreviation for dimethyltryptamine), also known as the ”spirit molecule,” is a chemical substance that occurs in many plants and animals (including humans), one which is a derivative and structural analogue of tryptamine. Originating in traditional ceremony, DMT is a naturally occurring molecule with unique psychedelic properties underpinned by a similar pharmacology to psilocybin and LSD. DMT is a serotonergic psychedelic that exerts its effects through serotonergic receptors in the brain including 5-HT2A, 5-HT1A, 5-HT2C and 5-HT7 receptors amongst others.

Peter Rands, CEO of Small Pharma said: “DMT delivers a psychedelic experience in 20 mins and has unique properties that lend itself to clinical use. By adopting responsible evidence-based research and development into psychedelic medicine, we hope to help rebrand these once stigmatised compounds as highly effective medical therapies, which can be integrated into current healthcare systems and made accessible to the millions of people suffering from depression.”

Small Pharma is working in collaboration with Imperial College London’s Centre for Psychedelic Research, headed up by Robin Carhart-Harris. Dr. David Erritzoe is lead investigator in Small Pharma’s first clinical trial of DMT. Small Pharma has now received approval for its Phase I/IIa clinical trial evaluating the effects of DMT-assisted therapy in psychedelic naïve healthy volunteers and its efficacy in patients suffering with major depressive disorder. The first phase of the study will start January 2021 with the proof of concept (IIa) phase following shortly thereafter.

Read Pharm Exec's interview with Small Pharma's Carol Routledge here.