Numinus Wellness Inc. (“Numinus” or the “Company”) (TSXV:NUMI), a company creating an ecosystem of health solutions centered around developing and supporting the safe, evidence-based, accessible use of psychedelic-assisted therapies, is pleased to announce its partnership with Together We Can Addiction Recovery and Education Society (TWC). TWC is one of Canada’s largest addiction treatment organizations, a registered charity, licensed healthcare provider, and an approved Canadian Federal Government service provider for the veterans’ community. The partnership has enabled TWC to enhance its mental health and addiction recovery support services with tailored mindbody wellness programs. Numinus‘s associated wellness clinic is benefitting from the partnership with a dedicated stream of revenue, reinitiated since the clinic’s re-opening post-COVID earlier this month. The active service provider partnership is designed to ultimately support psychedelic-assisted therapies when authorized for use in Canada.

One in five Canadians suffer from addiction in any given year, and deaths from the current overdose crisis attributable to opioid and other addictions are growing. Numinus and TWC share the view that new solutions and integrative approaches are needed to enhance traditional recovery-based approaches to help people make transformative change, heal, and be well. The partnership currently extends the continuum of care provided to TWC clients with specialized mind/body programs which include modalities such as naturopathy, registered massage therapy, trauma and somatic therapies, and breathwork through Numinus‘s associated wellness clinic in Vancouver. Individualized programs are continually being developed for TWC clients, including Canadian Forces members and veterans dealing with addiction, PTSD, anxiety, grief and loss, and other diagnoses.

Says Brett S., a TWC client who has already benefited from the partnership, “While I was in treatment at Together We Can for my drug addiction, I was given the opportunity to try out the services of the clinic. They not only supported me through recovery from my addictions but also helped me address my ADHD. I’m so grateful that Numinus‘s services were part of my overall recovery.”

Longer term, the partnership also aims to provide TWC clients early-access to safe, evidence-based, regulated psychedelic-assisted therapies through Numinus‘s implementation science partnerships and to provide Numinus with a key partner when it is able to provide these therapies in addition to its current services.

Although psychedelic-assisted therapies are not yet available outside of a research context, both parties are optimistic these therapies hold great promise as new treatment options for addiction and mental health care and that they will become increasingly accessible through regulatory approvals. A growing body of evidence suggests psychedelics, especially psilocybin, may dramatically improve outcomes from substance use disorders. While more research is required to fully define the outcomes and safety of the therapeutic use of psychedelic substances, the Canadian federal government is under increasing pressure to provide access to psilocybin-assisted therapy for various mental health and addiction conditions.

“The partnership with Numinus is so important for our clients. There is more demand than we can manage for our services, and our clients need the complementary programs Numinus provides,” says Stacy Wilson, TWC Executive Director. “We are excited to find a partner that is aligned with our mission and to work with a team that is driven by heartfelt passion. We both believe whole body/mind integrated support is critical to recovery, and we are optimistic that psychedelic-assisted therapies will also play a significant role in addressing addiction recovery when they are regulated.”

Adds Numinus Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Evan Wood, an internationally recognized clinician scientist and expert in addiction treatment, “The growing body of research into the role of psychedelic-assisted therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders is incredibly compelling. This partnership creates a wonderful opportunity to consolidate new strategies with an implementation science lens that can ultimately improve safe access to those seeking additional strategies for treatment and recovery.”

About Numinus
Numinus is a Vancouver-based health care company creating an ecosystem of health solutions centred around developing and supporting the safe, evidence-based, accessible use of psychedelic-assisted therapies. Numinus‘s ecosystem units include Numinus Bioscience, Numinus R&D, and Numinus Health. Each unit is undertaking distinct, synergistic initiatives to hasten approved access to psychedelic-assisted therapy models in Canada and position Numinus as a trusted industry leader for the eventual regulated rollout of these therapies once available. Numinus Bioscience includes a 7,000 square foot research and testing laboratory as well as numerous Health Canada licenses (through its wholly-owned subsidiary Salvation Botanicals), including a cannabis testing license which provides established and growing revenue. It is also a late-stage application for cannabis processing. Additionally, the Company holds a dealer’s licence which allows it to import, export, possess, and test MDMA, psilocybin, psilocin, DMT, and mescaline, and it is the only publicly listed company in Canada to be issued a Health Canada license to produce and extract psilocybin from mushrooms for the purpose of developing proprietary extraction methods. These licences will allow Numinus to support the growing number of studies on the potential benefits of psychedelic therapies through research projects, product development, and the supply and distribution of these substances. Numinus R&D leverages established relationships to position the Company for partnerships to host studies, develop medical and therapeutic protocols, and influence regulatory approval. Numinus Health, with one clinic already prototyping systems for efficiency and profitability, is dedicated to delivering therapies that enhance and supplement existing options—centred around psychedelic-assisted therapies when and where regulated—for people wanting lasting physical, mental, and emotional health.  For more information, visit www.numinus.ca.

About TWC
Founded in 1993 and located in both Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society is one of Canada’s premier treatment centres for men battling alcohol and drug addiction. Its mission is to educate and support individuals and their families who desire a new life in recovery. It provides over 310 individuals with an immersive 60-90 day recovery-based primary addiction treatment experience, followed by transitional housing in a therapeutic residential environment. For more information, visit www.twcrecoverylife.org.

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SOURCE Numinus Wellness Inc.

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Dana Harvey, VP Communications and Investor Relations, Numinus, dana@numinus.ca, 778-929-3262; Daniel Maceachern, Operations Manager, TWC, dmaceachern@twcrecoverylife.org, (604) 451-9854Copyright CNW Group 2020

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Cannabis Market Update: Q3 2020 in Review

Click here to read the previous cannabis update.

During the first few months of investment time in 2021, cannabis faced some volatility alongside optimism about federal changes in the most important market for the drug.

The cannabis business found its stride during Q1 thanks to policy change signals and consolidation.

To find out more, the Investing News Network (INN) asked experts about progress in the market during the first major period of the new year, and which developments investors should watch out for.

 

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Cannabis market update: New York and US potential boost operations

New York state’s legalization of recreational cannabis was a huge Q1 announcement that added pressure to the federal government when it comes to cannabis policy, said George Mancheril, co-founder and CEO of Bespoke Financial, a debt financing business with a particular focus on servicing cannabis businesses.

“It’s going to add to the chorus of voices in the federal scene to basically move sooner rather than later,” he explained to INN.

Following the US election in 2020, the momentum for cannabis businesses went on the upswing, as did company valuations, with the idea of expansion at the heart of it all, according to Mancheril.

Before starting Bespoke Financial, Mancheril learned from traditional investment banks, where he worked on lending, fixed income and debt markets with Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Guggenheim Partners.

Nawan Butt, portfolio manager with Purpose Investments, agrees with Mancheril. The financial expert told INN the ongoing legalization process seen in the US market is leading to expansion.

“It’s becoming more of a national move, then small pockets of proliferation. That’s very exciting about cannabis right now,” said Butt, who co-manages the Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund (NEO:MJJ).

This proliferation effect is causing a change in valuations and enthusiasm for US-based operations. Mancheril told INN that by the end of Q1, multi-state operators (MSOs) had raised approximately US$3.3 billion.

The cannabis lender said he sees the industry as having grown from the woes of 2019; it is now seeing a return to form by way of the excitement for an ongoing opening process in the US.

The expert explained that there is likely to be a windfall of capital in the wake of major federal changes for cannabis policy, although the timeline for these changes is becoming increasingly hard to predict.

Leading up to that capital influx, Mancheril said he wants to see operators really drill down on the value of desired assets and whether they make sense.

 

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“What I’d hope is that we continue to see bullish sentiment, but with some measure of responsibility, and let’s not just get over ahead of ourselves,” Mancheril told INN. “The idea is let’s minimize the volatility and continue growing responsibly.”

As far as struggles go, Butt explained that the cannabis industry has cemented itself as a growth-type sector, and as such there are macro environment pressures affecting the way these assets operate.

“We’ve seen this preference for cash flows at growth in the current or in the near future, rather than in the far future, and that’s what we’re seeing as far as valuations go in the broad market,” Butt said.

Cannabis market update: Volatility continues to rule as industry foundations build

Despite the industry’s current potential and the growing pains it has gone through as a whole in both the US and Canada, volatility remains a key factor in the cannabis investment scene.

Butt explained that the current shareholder base, which is dominated by hedge funds and retail investors, still lacks enough institutional support to avoid the day-to-day volatility cannabis has come to be known for.

These two investor groups, Butt said, can be easily spooked and excited by the news of the day when it comes to their investments.

“A lot of these institutions’ strategies are not about short-term profits, but they’re about long-term sustainability of the businesses themselves,” Butt said.

“That’s why you see a lot of volatility in the space, and that’s essentially what we’ve seen over the past, I’d say, three to two months as well,” he added.

That means investors shouldn’t expect an end to volatility anytime soon.

“It’s not about whether we continue to expect volatility, because we do,” Butt said. “We really think that the volatility will be taken out when the shareholder base becomes more institutional, but it’s really about understanding why there is volatility in the first place.”

Cannabis market update: Canadians talk up US business potential, but questions remain

A surge of mergers and acquisitions has taken over the Canadian cannabis sector recently as more producers see potential in America.

One of the biggest announcements in this regard came when Organigram Holdings (NASDAQ:OGI,TSX:OGI) secured a C$221 million investment deal from British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI,LSE:BATS).

Using the funds, the two will work in tandem to develop new branded products designed to work on the international stage, including in the US. Organigram CEO Greg Engel previously told INN that the US represents a critical opportunity for Canadian companies, but the entry point isn’t as clean as it could be at the moment.

 

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While the long-term potential may be exciting for investors, Butt told INN he’s still unsure how the approach will work for Canadian companies.

The Purpose Investments expert said there will be plenty of space for the biggest Canadian names to pursue US market entries, beyond the initial hemp-derived CBD moves some operators have mde, since the US represents the biggest market in the world.

“But there’s just way too many unknowns right now to say exactly what that participation is going to look like, or when that participation will happen,” he said.

“What we do know is that currently the US MSOs are in a wonderful sort of position to expand on their market leadership that they have. And it will be tough for Canadians to come in and compete with them,” Butt said.

Canadian players still retain the upper hand at times in terms of valuation, which is confusing for both Butt and Dan Ahrens, chief operating officer and portfolio manager at AdvisorShares.

“The performance in quarterly earnings of US companies has been rather spectacular. They’ve knocked it out of the park in most instances,” Ahrens told INN.

Butt praised the recent performance reports from MSOs across the board, pointing to year-over-year growth lines and projections for continued positive performance.

In his view, share prices still don’t reflect company value. “Those are really being discounted at this point,” Butt told INN.

“We’ve seen the Canadian licensed producers be really hot stock performance-wise, outpacing the US (MSOs), and I’ll say it’s rather nonsensical to me,” said Ahrens, who oversees the AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (ARCA:YOLO) and the recently launched AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF (ARCA:MSOS).

Cannabis market update: Investor takeaway

The cannabis investment proposition finds itself at an interesting moment in time, as the entire sector eagerly awaits confirmation in the US at the federal level.

While for the Canadians waiting on the sidelines, this development may feel like a major necessity to address current financial struggles, for US-based operators, the heat around the corner could represent an increase to their already thriving operations.

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All interested parties can join the conference call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 1-647-427-7450, conference ID: 4880609. Please dial in 15 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. The conference call will be archived for replay until May 20, 2021 . To access the archived conference call, please dial 1-855-859-2056 and enter the encore code 4880609.

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Ayurcann has commenced trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (” CSE “) on April 8, 2021 and subsequently announced a private placement of up to $500,000 (” Financing “), as per the Company’s press release dated April 12, 2021. The proceeds of the Financing are intended to be used to further pursue Phase 2 of the expansion of the production capacity of the Company’s Pickering facility.

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