Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in Tabernanthe Iboga, a root that grows in Africa. It is commonly used by the Bwiti people for medicinal and spiritual practices. In the 1960’s it started to gain popularity as having anti-addictive properties.
Although it has been used to treat addiction to alcohol, nicotine, methamphetamines, crack and other drugs, it’s most well-known for treating opioid addiction. This powerful hallucinogen can stop even the most severe opioid withdrawal symptoms. What’s more, in the majority of cases it not only stops withdrawal, but it also eliminates or significantly reduces opioid cravings for several months after treatment. How is ibogaine able to do this? It is theorized that ibogaine binds to a myriad of receptor sites, including the opioid receptors. Ibogaine supposedly resets your biochemistry, restoring your brain to its pre-opioid addiction functioning.
Ibogaine has been referred to as an “addiction interrupter.” This means that if you really work on improving your life during the months that follow treatment, there is a high chance you can stay clean long-term. If you squander your time hanging out with old friends and engaging in the same thoughts, decision and behaviors, you will likely return to active addiction. Ibogaine is currently a Schedule 1 drug in the US, meaning the FDA believes it to have no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse.
Ibogaine treatment centers operate legally in the following countries:
- The Caribbean
- Central America
- South America
- Many countries in Europe