Optimi Health Corp. (CSE: OPTI) (OTCQB: OPTHF) (FRA: 8BN), is pleased to announce that it has commenced the cultivation of natural GMP-grade psilocybin mushrooms at its Princeton, British Columbia facility.

“These mushrooms are an important milestone in Optimi’s commitment to establishing a supply of safe, natural psilocybin products for use by approved parties engaged in clinical trials,” “Since the completion of our 20,000 square foot cultivation and processing facilities and the approval of our Controlled Drugs and Substances Dealers License by Health Canada, Optimi has pressed forward with the goal of generating revenue and demonstrating a system of safe supply that can scale with the needs of the sector while participating in research crucial to the advancement of psychedelic science.”

Bill Ciprick, Optimi Health CEO

The initial batch of Optimi’s natural psilocybin mushrooms is intended specifically for analysis and use in human clinical trials where market demand for natural psilocybin is increasing.

Optimi is involved in a partnership with the IMPACT Clinical Trial Accelerator Program housed within Alberta’s Life Sciences Innovation Hub at the University of Calgary and has opted to assess its product prior to completion of the Company’s clinical trial application.

Optimi has received a Section 56 Exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act from Health Canada in order to carry out its own research at the premises of Calgary-based Bloom Psychedelic Therapy & Research Centre (“Bloom”), with a focus on determining a safe and effective standardized microdose of psilocybin for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Optimi Executive Chairman, JJ Wilson, adds that today’s announcement is a “momentum building” milestone that speaks to the Company’s goal of becoming a world supplier in the cultivation and formulation of natural psilocybin.

“The Optimi team is 100 per cent committed to helping the world deal with the concurrent crises of mental health and aging with safe, sustainable supplies of an organic product that has been used medicinally since time immemorial,” said Wilson. “We will share more about our mission and vision over the coming weeks and months; however, for now, we’ll go back to the lab where our goal is to produce the quality and scale needed to meet the global demand for natural psilocybin.”

JJ Wilson, Optimi Executive Chairman

Optimi plans to showcase its new GMP facility at a brand and media launch in May.

About Optimi

Optimi is developing a sophisticated mushroom brand that focuses on the health and wellness markets. With a vertically integrated approach, Optimi intends to cultivate, extract, process and distribute high quality functional and psychedelic mushroom products at its two facilities comprising a total of 20,000 square feet in Princeton, British Columbia. To fully investigate the science of mushrooms, the Company has received a research exemption under Health Canada Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) for the use of Psilocybin and Psilocin for scientific purposes via its wholly owned subsidiary Optimi Labs Inc. Optimi has also been granted a dealer’s license under Canada’s Narcotic Control Regulations governing possession, distribution, sale, laboratory analysis of and research and development of Psilocybin and Psilocin formulations. Optimi is committed to expert cultivation and quality production subject to and in accordance with the terms of all applicable laws and governing regulations to ensure safe, superior Canadian fungi production. Find out more at: https://optimihealth.ca/.