OPEN Foundation

Close this search box.

Harmine for catatonic schizophrenia. A forgotten experiment

Share This Post


The purpose of this letter is to present a lesser-known experiment suggesting a positive response of catatonic schizophrenia to Harmine, a monoamine oxidase A inhibitor(MAO-A), a study conducted by Petre Tomescu, in the late 1920’s.


Hostiuc, S., Buda, O., & Ion, D. A. (2014). Harmine for catatonic schizophrenia. A forgotten experiment. Schizophrenia research, 1(159), 249-250.

Link to full text

OPEN Foundation

Join ICPR 2022 Online!

ICPR features world-leading experts from many academic disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, ethnobotany, and philosophy who come together to give a scientific conference for academics, therapists, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and members of the public. Get your ICPR 2022 livestream ticket today and use the code OPENLIVE30 at checkout for a €30 discount.

Learn More


Subscribe to our new OPEN-Minded newsletter to stay in the loop, hear about our events, and become a part of a community dedicated to advancing psychedelics.

By clicking subscribe, I confirm to receive emails from the OPEN Foundation and agree with its privacy policy.