What is Ibogaine?
Ibogaine is an alkaloid occuring naturally in certain plants, most copiously in iboga.
Ibogaine is a powerful psychedelic that was originally synthesized from an African entheogen called Iboga which forms an important part of the spiritual life of participants.
In the west Ibogaine is known for its anti-addiction properties, famously hailed at the addiction stopper (although probably better thought of as the addiction interruptor).
During the ibogaine flood dose, and the following period when the ibogaine metabolites are present in the patients system a window of opportunity is opened. If taken advantage of, can lead to profound personal growth equivalent to decades of psychotherapy.
This can include, but is not limited to, mitigating your root cause of addiction, dealing with depression / anxiety / trauma, overcoming family line issues, and learning about your inner most self.
Tremendos personal insight is often gained through working with Ibogaine.
What's so great about ibogaine?
GDNF is a Neural Growth Factor that gets turbo charged after ibogaine.
In the 3-6months after your treatment you will be able to grow new neural pathways more easily, speeding up the learning process and making new habits easy to form.
The traditional Bwiti tradition would treat this as a second childhood, which is very interesting as GDNF is something that children have a lot of, but adults typically don’t. This your the opportunity to reprogram yourself.
Ibogaine affects the receptors in the brain and in the neurotransmitter system with release of small proteins called “neurotrophic factors” which promote “survival, repair, and protection processes in the brain tissue” that combat ongoing dependence on drugs or helps the patient to get out of severe depression.
Ibogaine seems to reset a lot of your body chemistry; neural circuitry, neurotransmitters and receptors, and the patient’s personality.
Ibogaine is essentially doing surgery on their brain by resetting the neurons back to baseline; where the brain was before the patient began using drugs.
By the end of the ibogaine treatment they are no longer addicted to heroin (or other opiate / drug). But in addition to that, the old neural pathways are temporarily taken offline, giving the patient a break from their old habits — enough time, hopefully, to allow them to form new, healthier habits (this is where our supporting programs come into play!).
Ibogaine gets rid of almost all detox discomfort for the majority of opiate addicted patients. It also has a significant effect on reducing PAWS for all addicts.
The use of ibogaine for the treatment of drug dependence has been based on anecdotal reports from groups of self-treating addicts that the drug blocked opiate withdrawal and reduced craving for opiates and other illicit drugs for extended time periods. Preclinical studies have supported these claims and provided proof-of-concept in morphine-dependent rats.
A Brief History of Ibogaine in the West
In 1960’s New York, an experimentally-minded poly-substance user named Howard Lotsof discovered that large doses of ibogaine suddenly eliminated opiate dependence in him and his friends, many of whom got off and stayed off drugs after their trip.
Since then so much more about ibogaine has been learned, but the medicine was pushed underground when many psychedelic drugs were being scheduled in the 1970’s (as part of a knee-jerk reaction to the LSD hysteria) and it was characterized as a schedule 1 drug, a status that has made clinical trials in the US impossible.
However, outside the US, most notably in nearby Mexico, many thousands of drug users have successfully gotten off their drug of choice by undergoing ibogaine treatments with safe and reliable protocols in a specifically prepared environment.
Now awareness and availability of Ibogaine treatment is not keeping apace with the increased death and disease brought by the opiate emergency in the US. Hopefully this can change.
So, ibogaine treatment is usually performed in the west with the intention of cessation of drug and/or alcohol use, or any unwanted repetitive behavior(s). Ibogaine treatment is also persued by people suffering from diseases like; MS, Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia, RLS, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and various other afflictions and aliments. It is also used by people seeking spiritual and personal growth.
For active opiate users (such as heroin addicts) ibogaine is the only known way to get from fully dependent to completely free within a few days.
Traditional use of Iboga in Africa
Occidental use of ibogaine is a relatively new phenomenon, but for hundreds of years practitioners of Bwiti (and Pygmies in the jungles of Central Africa) have used it. Bwiti is a religious group in central west Africa, primarily in Gabon, where iboga grows.
Iboga’s namesake ibogaine is a deeply psychoactive entheogen that the Bwiti use for personal reasons, as a celebratory tool, and once in their lifetime in a large, trip-inducing dose as an initiatory experience.