Ibogaine is purified from the roots of a flowering African shrub known as Tabernantheiboga. Indigenous African tribes have used the root bark of this shrub for thousands of years, mainly in ceremonies, hunting expeditions, and shamanistic rituals. The French later discovered the purified form of Ibogaine hydrochloride in the late 1800’s. During this period, Ibogaine was mostly used in very low doses as a remedy for fatigue and depression. Ibogaine was not discovered as a method for treating chemical dependency until 1962.
Anecdotal reports, as well as initial clinical studies show that it is effective in interrupting the opiate addiction cycle, ameliorating withdrawal symptoms, thereby making the detox process a lot more bearable.
The action of ibogaine can continue for weeks after it has been ingested. As soon as the visions stop, a form of ibogaine transformed by the body takes up the torch – nor-ibogaine. This metabolite produces the stage of inner reflection and the assessment following the visions.
Short-lived tremblings of the extremities and a lack of bodily coordination is noted, probably due to its action on the cerebellum.
Ibogaine’s effects in any given person depend on the real motivation to evolve, the willingness to open one’s eyes to things that have been repressed and are not easy to accept. Very often, the experience of ibogaine allows profound changes, a renewed courage, confidence, and self-acceptance.
What makes the action of ibogaine so unique, and what is certainly a key element in its therapeutic role, is the importance of the active participation of the patient. To undergo these experiences requires a certain volition. Each person needs to decide if he or she feels ready and no one can be forced into this inner experience.
Ibogaine is not a magic bullet. After the treatment, one needs aftercare as well as support of professionals to take maximum advantage of the opportunities the treatment offers. But it does seem to be a unique tool in helping individuals cure their addiction, as it significantly reduces withdrawal signs and interrupts cravings for many drugs, while it has a psychotherapeutic action that leads the patient to ask him/herself about the causes and the issues of his addiction, thus helping him to break free of it.
Howard Lotsof, a 19-year-old heroin addict from New Jersey, had no intention of getting clean prior to his Ibogaine experience. In an attempt to experience a new high, young Lotsof decided to try this unfamiliar drug called Ibogaine. Lotsof had no Idea that Ibogaine was going to completely change the way he felt about heroin.
“Thirty-three hours later I was no longer a heroin addict,” recalled Lotsof. Lotsof was so shocked by the results he decided to test the Ibogaine on his fellow heroin addict friends. Five heroin addicts agreed to try a single Ibogaine dose; sure enough all five of them showed similar results, reporting a dramatic reduction in withdrawal symptoms and craving.
Lotsof didn’t jump on his discovery of Ibogaine right away because, “What does a 19 year-old kid know about anything” (Howard Lotsof). However in the 1980s Lotsof patented Ibogaine treatments for a variety of addictions. Once Lotsof was completely convinced this was the real thing, he set out to introduce the Ibogaine Drug to major pharmaceutical companies.
Since then, Lotsof, as well as many other people and organizations, haven’t been able to sell American drug companies on Ibogaine. The literature and reports following Ibogaine explain the disinterest pharmaceutical companies have are mainly due to a lack of potential profit. Because there is no synthetic version of Ibogaine and because it is only taken once, the profitability is greatly reduced.
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