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>>> 11 Best Psychedelic Stocks to Buy in 2024

Insider Monkey

Sheryar Siddiq

December 29, 2023

In this article, we discuss 11 of the best psychedelic stocks to buy in 2024. If you want to see more stocks in this selection, check out 5 Best Psychedelic Stocks to Buy.

Unlike substances like marijuana or cocaine, psychedelics are potent and serve as a form of gateway to an 'alternate reality' for those who use them. Psychedelics represent a category of hallucinogenic drugs capable of inducing non-ordinary states of consciousness. This class encompasses various chemical substances, including LSD and plant-derived compounds. Psychedelics have the potential to alter or intensify sensory perceptions, thought processes, and energy levels, often facilitating spiritual experiences. They are classified into two main groups: empathogens and dissociative drugs (e.g., PCP) and serotonergic substances (e.g., LSD). Beyond recreational use, these drugs are being explored for therapeutic purposes, showing promise in treating conditions such as major depressive disorders, treatment-resistant depression, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and opiate addiction, among others.

Venture-capital investors have played a pivotal role in the resurgence of interest in psychedelics. In early 2020, startups in this field noticed a surge in investor appetite, marking the onset of a "psychedelic renaissance." Clara Burtenshaw, a partner at Neo Kuma Ventures, the largest venture capital fund in Europe focused on psychedelic investments, expressed her enthusiasm for psychedelic healthcare on February 16, 2023, stating:

“Psychedelic healthcare is a very exciting area because it’s really this apex of drugs, clinics, and experimental treatments.”

Numerous pharmaceutical companies specializing in psychedelics are pursuing regulatory pathways for the legal approval of their drugs. Hallucinogens, notably psilocybin, are demonstrating significant potential in addressing conditions like depression and schizophrenia. Some of these pharmaceutical firms are publicly listed, including the likes of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), and AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV), which have garnered heightened interest from investors. This trend mirrors the trajectory observed with marijuana stocks in recent years, where cannabis, once on the periphery, has evolved into a substantial and expanding industry.

Our Methodology

We selected the following psychedelic stocks based on overall hedge fund sentiment toward each stock. We have assessed the hedge fund sentiment from Insider Monkey’s database of 910 elite hedge funds tracked as of the end of the third quarter of 2023. The list is arranged in ascending order of the number of hedge fund holders in each firm.

11. Cybin Inc. (NYSE:CYBN)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 1

Based in Toronto, Canada, Cybin Inc. (NYSE:CYBN) is a biopharmaceutical company with a primary focus on the development of therapeutic solutions using psychedelics. The company is engaged in the creation of medications for major depressive disorders, anxiety, and alcohol use disorders, along with addressing neuroinflammation. Additionally, Cybin Inc. (NYSE:CYBN) has introduced EMBARK, a program centered around psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

In late November, Cybin Inc. (NYSE:CYBN) disclosed encouraging results from the Phase 2 trial of CYB003, its exclusive deuterated psilocybin analog designed for treating major depressive disorder ("MDD"). The company reported that CYB003 met the primary efficacy endpoint, demonstrating swift and statistically significant enhancements in depression symptoms following a single dose. Additionally, a second dose conferred clear incremental benefits, leading to remission in 4 out of 5 patients from their depression within 6 weeks.

As of the end of Q3, Steve Cohen's Point72 Asset Management emerged as the primary and sole stakeholder, based on Insider Monkey's third-quarter database.

In addition to Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), and AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV), Cybin Inc. (NYSE:CYBN) ranks as one of the best psychedelic stocks to invest in.

10. Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc. (NASDAQ:MNMD)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 3

Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc. (NASDAQ:MNMD) is a biotechnology company based in New York that specializes in psychedelic medicine. The company is dedicated to the development of psychoplastogens and therapeutic solutions inspired by psychedelics to tackle mental illnesses and addiction.

Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc. (NASDAQ:MNMD) recently reported that it is nearing the launch of its LSD-based treatment for anxiety patients. The company anticipates more phase two trial data by the fourth quarter of this year and proof-of-concept data by the end of Q1 next year. In its Q3 financial report released on Thursday, the psychedelic firm disclosed a net loss of $17.9 million for the period ending Sept. 30, up from the $16.5 million loss in the same quarter last year. However, MindMed also stated having $117.7 million in funds, expected to cover ongoing trials and research activities "into 2026, if certain milestones are achieved that unlock additional capital."

In 2023, Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc. (NASDAQ:MNMD) also expended $43.8 million in operating expenses, including $6.4 million for MM-120 studies, their LSD version for treating generalized anxiety disorder. Results from a 198-patient study of MM-120 are anticipated before year-end, with "safety and efficacy results" expected in Q1 next year. The proof-of-concept study, involving 53 patients, is also projected to reveal results in Q1 2024.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Citadel Investment Group is a leading shareholder in Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc. (NASDAQ:MNMD) with 237,475 shares worth more than $743,297. Overall, 3 hedge funds reported holding stakes in Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc. (NASDAQ:MNMD) as of the third quarter of 2023.

9. Atai Life Sciences N.V. (NASDAQ:ATAI)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 5

Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Atai Life Sciences N.V. (NASDAQ:ATAI) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of treatments for mental health disorders. These include conditions such as treatment-resistant depression, schizophrenia, opioid use disorder, anxiety disorder, and mild traumatic brain injuries.

In its third quarter 2023 financial results, Atai Life Sciences (NASDAQ:ATAI) reported limited revenue as the company continues to develop its drug portfolio. The net income of $44.2 million was primarily attributed to a $69 million non-cash change in the fair value of other investments related to an accounting method change for its CCOMPASS Pathways plc (NASDAQ:CMPS) investment. Additionally, Atai Life Sciences (NASDAQ:ATAI) recorded an $8.3 million non-cash share-based compensation expense. Despite this, the company maintains a robust cash position of $209 million, anticipating that it, along with committed term loan funding, will be sufficient to sustain operations into the first half of 2026.

According to Insider Monkey’s third quarter database, 5 hedge funds were bullish on Atai Life Sciences N.V. (NASDAQ:ATAI), compared to 7 funds in the earlier quarter. John Overdeck And David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors is the largest stakeholder of the company, with 107,500 million shares worth $138,675.

8. Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 5

Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company headquartered in New York. The company is dedicated to advancing the development and commercialization of therapeutics targeting central nervous system, respiratory, and other disorders.

Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL) has two programs currently undergoing clinical testing. In September 2023, the company disclosed outcomes from a phase 2 study evaluating the intranasal ketamine drug SLS-002 for the treatment of acute suicidal ideation and behavior in patients with major depressive disorder. Additionally, SLS-005 (intravenous trehalose, a sugar containing two glucose molecules) is in phase 2b/3 trials for addressing the neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is in phase 2 testing for managing the neurodegenerative disorder spinocerebellar ataxia type 3.

According to Insider Monkey’s third quarter database, 5 hedge funds were bullish on Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL), compared to 3 funds in the earlier quarter.

7. GH Research PLC (NASDAQ:GHRS)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 10

GH Research PLC (NASDAQ:GHRS) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that was established in 2018 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. The company is focused on the development of therapies for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

According to Insider Monkey’s third quarter database, 10 hedge funds were long GH Research PLC (NASDAQ:GHRS), compared to 13 funds in the earlier quarter. Mark Lampert’s Biotechnology Value Fund / BVF Inc is the biggest position holder in the company, with 9.27 million shares worth approximately $93.2 million.

Much like Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), and AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV), GH Research PLC (NASDAQ:GHRS) is one of the best psychedelic stocks that investors should pay attention to.

6. Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLMD)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 13

Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLMD) is a biotechnology company based in Florida, specializing in the clinical-stage development of diverse products for the treatment of central nervous system diseases and other disorders. Analysts consider it one of the promising psychedelic stocks in the market.

In September of this year, Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLMD) announced encouraging safety and efficacy outcomes from the extended Phase III REL-1017-310 trial, which assessed REL-1017 in individuals diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). Over the course of up to one year, patients receiving daily doses of REL-1017 demonstrated enduring enhancements in depressive symptoms and related functional challenges. The extended administration of REL-1017 exhibited favorable tolerability in patients, featuring low rates of adverse events and the absence of any newly identified safety concerns.

According to Insider Monkey’s third quarter database, 13 hedge funds were long Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLMD), compared to 11 funds in the prior quarter. David Kroin’s Deep Track Capital held the biggest position in the company.

5. COMPASS Pathways plc (NASDAQ:CMPS)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 21

COMPASS Pathways plc (NASDAQ:CMPS) is a mental healthcare company based in the United Kingdom. The company is actively engaged in the development of psilocybin therapy, progressing through late-stage clinical trials in both Europe and North America. The focus is on patients experiencing treatment-resistant depression (TRD). COMPASS Pathways plc (NASDAQ:CMPS) has formulated COMP360, a psilocybin formulation incorporating pharmaceutical-grade polymorphic crystalline psilocybin. A Phase IIb clinical trial for psilocybin therapy in TRD has been completed across 22 sites in Europe and North America, evaluating the safety and efficacy of COMP360 in three doses: 1mg, 10mg, and 25mg.

During 2023’s September quarter, 21 out of the 910 hedge funds profiled by Insider Monkey had held a stake in the company. COMPASS Pathways plc (NASDAQ:CMPS)’s biggest hedge fund investor is Catherine D. Wood’s ARK Investment Management due to its $18 million investment.

4. Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITCI)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 37

Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITCI) is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule drugs targeting unmet medical needs, particularly in neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. Caplyta, the sole approved drug in Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITCI)’s portfolio, received FDA approval in December 2019 for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. Subsequently, in December 2021, it gained FDA approval for treating bipolar depression. Following these approvals, Caplyta’s sales have experienced substantial growth, and the company anticipates maintaining this positive momentum.

In the third quarter of 2023, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITCI) reported a loss of $0.25 per share. The incurred loss was narrower than the $0.57 per share loss in the same quarter of the previous year, attributed to increased product sales. The total revenues, which include product sales and grant revenues, reached $126.2 million, marking a significant increase from $71.9 million in the corresponding period of the prior year.

By the end of this year’s third quarter, 37 out of the 910 hedge funds part of Insider Monkey’s research had invested in the company. Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITCI)’s biggest hedge fund investor is David Kroin’s Deep Track Capital through its $135 million stake.

3. AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 73

AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV) operates as a specialized biopharmaceutical company dedicated to researching, developing, manufacturing, and distributing medications tailored for chronic and intricate illnesses. The company is renowned for its flagship drug, Humira, a crucial treatment for conditions like moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. In May 2020, AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV) entered the psychedelic drugs market by acquiring a stake in Allergan PLC.

With an impressive 50-year streak of continuous dividend growth, the American pharmaceutical giant currently boasts a dividend yield of 4.48% as of December 13.

As of the close of the third quarter in 2023, Insider Monkey’s database, monitoring 910 hedge funds, indicated 73 holdings in AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV), marking a slight decrease from the 74 hedge funds in the previous quarter. The collective value of these holdings surpasses $3.27 billion.

2. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 85

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) is a distinguished American multinational pharmaceutical company with its headquarters in Rahway, New Jersey. Originally part of the Merck Group established in Germany in 1668, it retains the name of its former parent company. Operating as Merck Sharp & Dohme or MSD outside the United States and Canada, the company holds a prominent position in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in the development of medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products.

Showcasing a consistent pattern of dividend growth for 11 consecutive years, the company currently provides a quarterly dividend of $0.77 per share, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.91% as of December 13.

Insider Monkey delved into the investment activities of 910 hedge funds in the third quarter of 2023, revealing that 85 had invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), marking an increase from 78 in the previous quarter.

1. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 88

Established in 1886, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is a prominent American multinational corporation known for its groundbreaking contributions to medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer packaged goods. The company’s pharmaceutical division has consistently demonstrated impressive dividend growth for over 62 years. As of November 19, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) offers a quarterly dividend of $1.19 per share, reflecting a dividend yield of 3.18%.

On October 17, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) reported adjusted earnings and revenue that exceeded Wall Street expectations, prompting an upward revision of its full-year guidance. The robust sales performance in both pharmaceuticals and medical devices contributed to the positive results. The company posted a net income of $4.31 billion, equivalent to $1.69 per share, maintaining consistency with the previous year’s net income of $4.31 billion, or $1.62 per share, for the same period.

In the third quarter of 2023, the number of hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey with holdings in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) decreased to 84, down from 88 in the previous quarter. The collective investments by these hedge funds surpass a total value of $4.15 billion. Bridgewater Associates, led by Ray Dalio, stands out as a prominent hedge fund investor in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) with a substantial stake valued at approximately $424.3 million.