Tabernanthalog molecular structure
Molecular structure of Tabernanthalog

A Non-Hallucinogenic Psychedelic Analog for Treating Mental Illness

In a recent Nature publication, the Olson Lab used function-oriented synthesis to engineer tabernanthalog (TBG)—a non-hallucinogenic, non-cardiotoxic analog of the psychedelic ibogaine.  In addition to having an improved safety profile, TBG promoted neuroplasticity and demonstrated both antidepressant and antiaddictive properties.  This work highlights the power of synthetic organic chemistry for solving problems in neuroscience and medicine.

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