Published on
January 18, 2022

Psyched Wellness Announces Vantage Hemp Co. as Contract Manufacturing Organization Partner to Bring AME-1-derived Products to Market

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - January 18, 2022) - Psyched Wellness Ltd., (CSE: PSYC) (OTCQB: PSYCF) (FSE: 5U9) (the "Company" or "Psyched") a life sciences company focused on the production and distribution of artisanal functional and psychedelic mushrooms, is pleased to announce Vantage Hemp Co. as the Company's contract manufacturing organization ("CMO") partner, facilitating the path to market for Psyched's AME-1-derived consumer products.

The agreement includes extraction, commercial production and bottling of the products, with the Companies working together to finalize the good manufacturing practices ("GMP") compliance process and final product formulation through Vantage's established production capabilities. Psyched has shipped samples of raw material and the desired extract to Vantage's facilities which will follow the Company's unique protocols (as outlined in provisional patents submitted last year) to have the first commercial production of AME-1 units ready for sale during the second quarter of 2022. In addition, The Companies plan to develop future products and delivery systems with AME-1 as the base and core ingredient.

"Psyched Wellness is very pleased to partner with Vantage, an established extract manufacturer that meets our high standards of pharmaceutical quality and shares our vision for the future," said David Shisel, Chief Operating Officer of Psyched Wellness. "Together, we plan to produce and supply the highest quality products to global markets, starting with the United States before scaling distribution internationally. The AME-1-derived supplements that Psyched has been developing for the past two years are natural remedies that will improve the quality of life for many. For the first time in modern history, Psyched Wellness will present a product derived from the Amanita Muscaria mushroom that is safe for human consumption using our proprietary extract, AME-1. Psyched and Vantage both believe in the success of AME-1 as an ingredient and are ensuring that we have the infrastructure and capabilities to scale production to high volumes without sacrificing quality."

Vantage's manufacturing facilities and processes are ICH Q7 and WHO GMP-compliant and are managed by an expert team that specializes in medical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and business operations, creating the highest quality products with precision and scale. In addition, Vantage's cleanroom for the production of finished products ensures the final products are manufactured in controlled environments that mitigate contamination.

Harvinder Johal, CRO of Vantage, added, "Our partnership with Psyched Wellness ensures that this valuable therapy will be brought to market at an accelerated rate by leveraging Vantage's science-based and data-driven ethos. We are eager to allow consumers access to this product for the improvement of their health and wellness. Applying our extraction standards to mushroom biomass ensures that the final product meets the same stringent quality standards that we apply to hemp extraction."

For further information, please contact:

Jeffrey Stevens
Chief Executive Officer
Psyched Wellness Ltd.
Tel: 647-400-8494

Christian Santi
Director of Sales
Vantage Hemp Co.
Tel: 720-663-6082

Investor contacts:
Tim Regan/Sophia Bashford
KCSA Strategic Communications
Tel: 347-487-6788

Media contacts:
Brooke Russell
Marigold Marketing & PR
Tel: 877-681-5541

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider have reviewed or accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

About Psyched Wellness Ltd.:

Psyched Wellness Ltd. is a Canadian-based health supplements company dedicated to the distribution of mushroom-derived products and associated consumer packaged goods. The Company's objective is to create premium mushroom-derived products that have the potential to become a leading North American brand in the emerging functional food category. The Company is in the process of developing a line of Amanita muscaria-derived water-based extracts, teas and capsules designed to help with three health objectives: promote stress relief, relaxation and assist with restful sleeping.

About Vantage Hemp Co.:

With large-scale extraction facilities, Colorado-based Vantage Hemp Co. delivers pharmaceutical-grade GMP compliant CBD extracts (including full-spectrum oil, distillate and isolate) that companies can trust. Vantage's contract manufacturing services offer a broad range of benefits as they operate with integrity and abide by stringent pharmaceutical-production standards to provide quality products to their partners.

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This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. These statements relate to future events or future performance. The use of any of the words "could", "intend", "expect", "believe", "will", "projected", "estimated" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking information and are based on the Company's current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, statements regarding: the ability of the Company to develop Amanita Muscaria-derived products; the safety of Amanita Muscaria consumption and the safety and purity of any extracts thereof; the uses and potential benefits of Amanita Muscaria; Vantage Hemp Co,'s relationship with the Company, including them providing CMO and other services to the Company; the parties anticipated timeline and process for meeting production and commercialization; and the Company becoming a leading North American brand in the emerging functional food category.

Forward-looking information in this news release are based on certain assumptions and expected future events, namely: the Company's ability to continue as a going concern; the Company's ability to continue to develop its mushroom-derived products and associated consumer packaged goods; continued approval of the Company's activities by the relevant governmental and/or regulatory authorities; the continued growth of the Company; Vantage Hemp Co. providing CMO and other services to the Company; the parties meeting their anticipated timeline and process for production and commercialization; and the Company becoming a leading North American brand in the emerging functional food category.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including but not limited to: the potential inability of the Company to continue as a going concern; risks associated with potential governmental and/or regulatory action with respect to the Company's operations; competition within the psychedelics market; risks with respect to the safety of Amanita Muscaria consumption and the safety and purity of any extracts thereof; the risk that there is no potential benefit of Amanita Muscaria consumption; risk that Vantage Hemp Co.'s will be unable to provide CMO and other services to the Company; risks that the parties will be unable to meet their timeline and/or follow their process for production and commercialization; and risks that the Company will not become a leading North American brand in the emerging functional food category.

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