All About Ibogaine
So what exactly is ibogaine?
Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive compound which is derived from the iboga plant of Africa. It is used to treat various addictions including those to alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, methadone and food. It is also used to heal various compulsive behaviours and trauma and facilitate psychological introspection and spiritual exploration.
Iboga is the name of a plant that grows in central western Africa in the areas of Gabon and Cameroon. The iboga root has been used there for as long as anyone can remember for healing and initiatory purposes as part of the spiritual traditions of the Bwiti tribe.
Ibogaine’s specialist use, as an addiction interrupter, is becoming increasingly relevant in the modern world. In the early sixties its addiction interrupting properties were discovered by accident, so the story goes, by a New York heroin addict, Howard Lotsof. He went on to be one of the pioneers in spreading the word about its power to heal in this way. Amazing as it is that ibogaine will interrupt many addictions, its greater value is the way it also deals with the underlying trauma that underlies most addictions. This is the beauty of ibogaine. It not only interrupts addiction and withdrawal symptoms but deals with the root causes. It’s true that there are cases where people become addicted to prescription medications and just need some help to kick the habit and in these cases ibogaine can do its work of comfortably lifting this dependence.
Ibogaine is a psychoactive substance. During an ibogaine session, after ingesting the medicine, the patient enters into a dream like state and encounters visions. They experience a clearer view of life events which enable them to come to terms with them and move on. They may experience other guidance. At the same time there is a brain reset. Opiate and neurotransmitter receptors are normalised for a new start. There is a very high percentage success rate of treatment with alcohol and other drugs.
Ibogaine versus iboga
As described, iboga is the name of a visionary and healing central west African plant. Ibogaine is the chief therapeutic constituent found in the root of this planet. The question often arises in holistic circles whether it would be better to use the complete root of the plant rather than an extracted constituent. It is true that there are other active ingredients in the iboga root but there are also a lot of toxins. And do we really know what the other chemicals are and what they do? In the case of milder doses for some kind of shamanic journey, iboga root may be a choice for some. In larger unmeasured doses it is not without risk. Even for psychotherapeutic use it is wise to measure the dose. In the context of the modern world, many of our problems, for example with manufactured drugs, are far from being natural ones; we are well off that path. Extracting the ibogaine from the iboga plant not only eliminates toxins but enables a measured dose to be given, to achieve the best results. The highest quality extracted ibogaine known as ibogaine HCl is produced by only one company which is located in Canada. They supply only to approved practices. By using this it can be certain that it is genuinely pure medical grade ibogaine. On the other hand, iboga root in small doses, over a period of time, can be very emotionally healing and awaken powers of perception and self awareness.
Ibogaine treatment is a medical procedure
To deal with an immediate and serious problem such as drug addiction it is essential to generate what is called a ‘flood dose’ in order to push out artificial opiates and other foreign chemicals out and restore natural opiate functioning in the brain. The dose must be neither too small nor too large. It is based on the patient’s weight and is precisely measured. The medicine is put into a number of capsules for the patient to swallow shortly after which the visions will begin. The patient should monitored throughout so that they are safe and feel safe. In this way ancient wisdom meets modern medicine.
So what typically happens during a professional treatment?
The patient takes lab tests and the cardiologist provides medical clearance the first day in the clinic. This day is also very important because it allows the patient to prepare for the treatment mentally, physically and spiritually.
The patient is not allowed to eat solid food from midnight the night before, the day they are treated. start. An I.V. Is started and an anti nausea oral medication given.
A small dose of Ibogaine HCL is administered, a test dose, to check there is no allergic reaction to the Ibogaine (this is very rare but it is important to be sure) , and after 30 minutes you will receive the full dose or “flood dose” orally. 45 minutes to an hour later you will start feeling a tingling warm sensation, hearing a humming or buzzing sound and then the visions start.
After the initial 4 to 6 hours of intense visions the second phase, starts we call this second phase processing. Considered to be the most important part of the treatment, it’s been described as forced psychoanalysis or forced meditation. This is a very introspective phase where you are face your personal issues over and over until you sort them out. This phase lasts from 12 to 36 hours.
The day after the Ibogaine you will feel exhausted and you will have difficulty sleeping with no cravings or withdrawal. During this day you are encouraged to eat, drink and move around.
The next day you can leave the facility with supervision or enjoy the scenery outside.
Then it’s time to focus on the after care plan and what life is like after your ibogaine treatment.
What conditions can be successfully treated with ibogaine?
Ibogaine treatment has been proven to be a most effective tool in providing a life-changing experience to those suffering from addictions. Ibogaine re-sets the neurotransmitters and opiate receptors in the brain. It allows the addiction to be healed in a way no other treatment plan can offer. Ibogaine offers a ninety percent success rate for patients to achieve a life free from addiction and to experience life the way it was meant to be.
Ibogaine works like a miracle for nearly any type of addiction. One’s addiction does not have to be to drugs. Ibogaine treatment can be successful for treating addictions such as eating disorders, and more. By getting to the root cause for addiction, Ibogaine helps clear the mind for a future free from any addiction and a life full of possibilities.
Below is a list of the conditions ibogaine has been used to treat:
Heroin & other Opiate Addictions
Depression / Anxiety
Prescription Drugs Addiction
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Reputable providers do everything in their power to ensure the safety of their patients.
There are certain conditions that may rule about ibogaine therapy although with some of these contraindications it may depend on the exact nature and details of the condition so it is always worth asking.
Psychotic and schizophrenic disorders
Coagulation abnormalities or a history of blood clots
Heart disease, heart murmurs, or heart arrhythmia
High blood pressure (uncontrolled)
Blood Infections (active)
Liver disease with liver enzymes over four times normal