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Do psychedelics have therapeutic potential for obesity?


Classic psychedelics are being revisited as novel drug candidates. Researchers are investigating the efficacy of psychedelics for disorders such as depression and addiction. Facets of obesity pathophysiology are neurobiologically similar to these conditions, and we propose that obesity could be the next frontier in psychedelic research.

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Fig. 1: Proposed psychedelic mechanisms.


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Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research is an independent Research Center based at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and partially funded by an unconditional donation from the Novo Nordisk Foundation ( (Grant number NNF18CC0034900).

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Correspondence to Christoffer Clemmensen.

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C.C. is co-founder of Ousia Pharma ApS, a biotech company developing therapeutics for obesity. The other authors declare no competing interests.

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Fadahunsi, N., Knudsen, G.M. & Clemmensen, C. Do psychedelics have therapeutic potential for obesity?. Nat Rev Endocrinol (2022).

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