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November 05, 2009

Ibogaine is an unlicensed medication used for treatment of drug addiction and as a tool for spiritual growth is increasing day-by-day. Though there lies some inherent risks associated with its usage, demand for Ibogaine is surprisingly very high.

About Ibogaine

Ibogaine is naturally available psychoactive compound found in a number of plants, primarily in a member of the dogbane family known as iboga (Tabernanthe iboga). Ibogaine-containing preparations are used in medicinal and ritual purposes within African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti, who claim to have learned it from the Pygmy. In recent times, it has been identified as containing anti-addictive properties.
Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid, which is obtained either by extracting from the iboga plant or by semi-synthesis from the precursor compound voacangine, another plant alkaloid. A full organic synthesis of ibogaine has been achieved, but is too expensive and challenging to produce any commercially significant yield.

Treatment Overview

Any treatment provided by an experienced and knowledgeable ibogaine therapist will include a medical and psychiatric review for the patient’s safety.
It’s prerequisites are:

  • Generally good health
  • No past psychotic breaks
  • No heart problems
  • No serious liver problems

Treatment Session

The effect of ibogaine lasts between 15 and 36 hours, depending on the dose and the individual metabolism. A longtime addict should allow her/himself a convalescent period of one to three days after having ibogaine for 2 days. Methadone users should allow themselves at least a week.

Withdrawal symptoms

Depending on the duration of the addiction and the substance of abuse there can be some withdrawal signs, ranging from 0 to 15%  of what the person would have to suffer without medication. These side-effects can be managed with analgesics.

Former addicts may experience some insomnia after the treatment for up to 3 weeks, which is responsive to sleeping medication.

Post-Treatment condition

Post-traumatic-stress-syndrome or anxiety may be observed. Nevertheless, all will find that their treatment involves both physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions.

  • 40 minutes after ingestion a buzzing in the ears heralds dreamlike visions, dancing lights, flashes of images, symbolic or actual representations of current subconscious themes.
  • Some 2 to 4 hours later “the waken dreams” will slowly fade away giving room to what is often described as resetting the biochemistry of the brain, i.e. an integration of the first phase.
  • 20 to 36 hours after ingestion the last signs of dizziness, ataxia, inability to sleep will disappear and the patient is fully functional again.

Ibogaine is now used by treatment clinics in 12 countries on six continents to treat addictions to heroin, alcohol, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine, as well as to facilitate psychological introspection and spiritual exploration.

While it has been placed in the strictest drug prohibition schedules in the United States and a handful of other countries. Canada and Mexico both allow ibogaine treatment clinics to operate and openly contribute to further understanding of the addictive process.


The UWM Post
Posted on 08 March 2010
By Emily Wottreng

Once upon a time, there was a horrible drug that made many people very sick. It trapped those who took it in a downward spiral of addiction.

But one day a new kind of drug came along, one that could almost always counteract the bad stuff. This may sound like a made up story, but it’s no fairytale.

There is currently a drug out there that is extremely potent, curing addictions for drugs such as (but not limited to) heroin, cocaine, nicotine and alcohol. Great Britain, France, and Mexico are just some of the many countries that recognize its effectiveness and permit its use. The drug itself is not addictive. Though it may sound too good to be true, true it is. The problem, however, is that America has yet to get on board and make it legal.

Ibogaine comes from the Iboga shrub in Africa, where it has long been used in tribal and ceremonial rituals. It is considered a hallucinogenic in high doses, which is why the U.S. is wary about its usage and currently forbids it. But there are many benefits from Ibogaine regarding addiction. Ibogaine doesn’t cure an addiction, but instead interrupts the craving. When people take Ibogaine, it puts them into a trance-like dreamy state for about 24 hours. Other than inducing dreams, it hardly stimulates a person compared to other drugs or alcohol. Once the effects of Ibogaine wear off, cravings for whatever drug they were addicted to are highly reduced. Because these cravings are significantly lowered, treatment for the addiction finally becomes doable.

After just two sessions (with recommended rehab in between), cravings can be significantly diminished. Imagine that — a virtual cure for addictions that plague millions. While therapy and counseling are still essential for recovery, Ibogaine carries the addict through the hardest step.

But despite all of these benefits, Ibogaine is currently illegal in the United States. France, Great Britain, Mexico, and Canada all allow it to be practiced legally, as does Australia and a few other countries in Europe (though they have some restrictions). Ibogaine is a safe drug, especially when used by licensed medical professionals. Over the past 20 years of its usage, only two deaths have occurred. One was due to heroin usage during treatment, and the other was because of an undiagnosed heart condition. Since these two unfortunate events, Ibogaine treatments have been monitored more carefully.

So not only is Ibogaine safe, non-addictive, and utilized in a bunch of other countries, it’s effective! Overcoming substance abuse and addiction is incredibly difficult, and the success rate is pretty low — not to mention the high incidence of relapse. It’s time to look for new solutions.

Imagine a future where drug addiction doesn’t exist. Sounds like a lofty idea, but Ibogaine could be a major step towards turning this dream into reality.

Centertown News
Thursday, 12 November 2009
By Ada Wasiak

Jonathan Dickinson held an information and fundraising event to increase awareness about ibogaine treatment for addictions at the Umi Café on Somerset Street recently. He was also raising money to fund his travel to Tijuana to work in a therapeutic centre for three months starting in early November.

He wants to increase the knowledge about and availability of this drug. Dickinson also plans to try ibogaine himself in order to help guide people through the treatment process.

“It can eliminate 90 per cent of withdrawal symptoms,” says Dickinson, the outreach co-ordinator for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Ibogaine is a hallucinogenic drug that has been used to cure addictions by interrupting dependency. It is strong enough to eliminate cravings for heroin and cocaine. While under the influence of this drug, people often experience visions of past conflicts and deal with deep emotional issues.

One patient says he had a vision of his old self, withering away before his eyes. The trip resulting from this drug lasts between 24 to 72 hours, longer than most hard drugs.

When the drug was first used, there was a relatively high associated mortality rate. Dickinson says this is because when the drug was first being used as a form of treatment, people were providing it to addicts in hotel rooms instead of a controlled facility.

Now, the major criticisms of ibogaine are the high cost for treatment, around $4,900, and the severe nausea that is often a side effect. The drug is currently illegal in the US, but not governed by any law in Canada.

Health Canada has not issued any regulations or statements about the drug.

Iboga House, a treatment centre near Vancouver was under investigation by health officials but voluntarily closed down, according to their website for “restructuring and expanding,” before any ruling was made.

Ibogaine comes from the root of the Iboga plant. The drug was first used in Africa for ritual healings and has also been known to cure ailments such as digestive disorders. “The academia distorts things a lot,” says Chikonzero Chazunguza, who emigrated from Zimbabwe four months ago. He believes that the context for using this drug is integral to its effectiveness.

“Back home, it means there is a connection between what is inside and what is outside,” he says. This is why members of the tribe paint the face of the individual going through Ibogaine treatment and sing chants throughout the resulting drug trip.

In the modern western context of treatment centres, ibogaine is taken as white powder and administered in an enclosed facility with the use of a heart monitor and close supervision.

Dickinson says once he comes home, he hopes to raise awareness in Ottawa and to use his experience abroad to help people who are struggling with addictions. However, he says there would have to be a lot more support from the community before this could happen.

Dani Edmonson

Drugs, both legal and illegal, are a huge business, and the search is always on for new substances to use or abuse. One of the newest names being heard in drug treatment circles is “ibogaine.” An alkaloid found in the root bark of the shrub Tabernanthe Iboga, it originates in the West Central African rainforest and some are touting its powers for helping addicts kick other, more addictive substances.


Ibogaine Effects

Currently, the most popular form of ibogaine is ibogaine hydrochloride, in which ibogaine is stabilized in the form of salt. It takes the form of white powder and is usually ingested in capsule form. The effects of the substance begin within an hour of ingestion and the peak “high” lasts for about two hours. During that time, individuals will feel like they’re in a dreamlike state while remaining fully conscious of themselves and their surroundings. Coordination is affected and dizziness is also a side effect. A hangover effect lingers for up to 48 hours and in the first 10 hours, those under the influence of ibogaine need help for the most mundane tasks (using the bathroom, etc.). Because of these side effects, it’s not seen as a recreational drug.


The Risk of Ibogaine

In many countries – including the U.S. and several European nations – ibogaine is an illegal substance. Even in countries where ibogaine isn’t illegal, treatment providers aren’t using it because it’s not a registered medication. While it was identified as having anti-addictive properties back in the early 1960s, thought to help curb use of heroin, alcohol and cocaine, the potential treatment drug remains controversial due to its hallucinogenic properties and other safety concerns.


Substance Abuse Rehab

There will always be new, untested therapies touted as “cutting edge,” but most experts agree that the best way to currently treat addiction is through the proven method of residential treatment. If someone you love is struggling with a substance abuse problem, call The Canyon at our toll-free number, 877.714.1319. Someone is there to take your call 24 hours a day and answer any questions you have about treatment, financing or insurance.



The Ontarian
By Travis Erbacher

Salvia Divinorum is a plant that has seen shamanic use as a visionary sacrament in Mexico and South America for centuries. It is a unique drug, as it is the only k-opioid receptor agonist, which has a strong hallucinogenic effect. Scientists have been very interested in researching the medicinal potential of the drug; however, due to growing hysteria surrounding salvia, that research may be cut short.

Salvia and its active ingredient, Salvinorin A, are currently being researched for unique anti-depressant properties, analgesic effects, as well as potential as a treatment for alcohol or narcotic addiction. Just as with the African plant psychedelic Ibogaine(which is one of the best available treatments for heroin and crack cocaine addiction), and LSD (which had a 50% success rate treating alcoholism in the 1950’s), and Psilocybin Mushrooms (which is one of the best treatments for cluster migraines), and MDMA (commonly known as Ecstasy, one of the most effective treatments for returning soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), the war on drugs continues to impede medical research.

It is being said that salvia is the latest craze; a new party drug that is addicting kids everywhere. Are we in the middle of a new drug epidemic? What is the truth about this little known plant?

Smoking Salvia brings on intense hallucinations and altered states of consciousness, and therefore has been compared to LSD. Unlike LSD, however, the effects of Salvia last only minutes rather than hours. The effects of the drug are unpleasant and the smoke tastes like a mix between burnt rubber and rotten fish.

When a person smokes Salvia, it is nearly impossible to say a single word, much less hold a conversation, and it is a very introverted, personal, even spiritual experience.  It is almost the complete opposite of a “party drug”. It does not make a person particularly social and is certainly not “fun”.  Most people who use it gain insight on a particular issue in their life, or learn something about themselves. However, the effects are so unpleasant that most people try it once or twice, then never go back to it. If someone tells you that salvia is addictive, they are lying.

Hysteria about drug use is certainly not new. The drug war in this country began following the 1907 Vancouver riots, in which white British Columbians harassed and attacked Chinese-Canadians. Along with the Chinese Head Tax, drug prohibition was passed into law.  Both laws were passed with the same goal in mind: make Canada a pure, white, Christian society.

Emily Murphy, one of the most famous Canadian feminists, who was also a major league racist and an advocate for Alberta’s forced sterilization program, was the mother of Canadian drug prohibition. Much like those in the southern United States, Ms. Murphy viewed drug use as an extension of the evil of non-whites. Following the 1907 riots, opium and marijuana use among Chinese-Canadians became an opportunity for Murphy to try to force non-whites out of Canada, as well as to control the depravity of the public. Murphy believed that the public are sinful and need to be punished by the federal government, a view similar to that of our current Prime Minister.

She claimed that two puffs of marijuana would make somebody go insane and commit murder. This claim was never challenged and became the basis for our drug laws. Now people are saying similarly ridiculous and unfounded things about Salvia.

Some people who are calling for Salvia to be banned may very well be concerned parents. Keep in mind, however, that two of the biggest contributors to “The Partnership for a Drug-Free America” and other ‘anti-drug’ lobbies are the alcohol and tobacco industries, followed closely by the pharmaceutical industry. The drug war is big business.

You are being lied to, and the media has been useless to expose the lies. I thank The Ontarion for the opportunity to cut through the hysteria. Research the history of drug policy and you too will come to the conclusion that the only rational option is to legalize, regulate, and educate.

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