Ibogaine Frequently Asked Questions

Ibogaine Frequently Asked Questions

Ibogaine Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ibogaine?

Over twenty-five years back, we discovered an ancient natural tribal remedy in the Tabernanthe Iboga shrub native to Gabon and other nations in West Central Africa. It has long been used in shamanic rituals of initiation and spiritual quests. The derived substance that we are using is called Ibogaine. In the 1960s, it was discovered that Ibogaine has the property of interrupting substance addiction with minimal side-effects. With the help of this natural extract, addicts experience symptom-free withdrawal, a real full physiological release from chemical dependency. With a particular type of counseling during and following Ibogaine treatment, the “ex-addicts” can focus on the underlying causes to heal the psychological aspects as well.

How Does Ibogaine Work?

Ibogaine is a (dream like state inducing) drug that will activate user’s long-term memory, bringing it to the surface with information from the unconscious mind, causing self-insight. Lots off Therapists consider undergoing a Ibogaine experience is equal to years of talking in group therapy. Several patients describe their Ibogaine experience as a dream and watching to sketches or a slideshow of their life. Other patients have described their experience as if they went into the file cabinets in their brain and re-organized it.

Ibogaine allows one to see one’s true self and to re-experience past events and repressed memories in a detached way without the emotional pain often associated with these memories. The psychotherapeutic benefits of an Ibogaine experience have served as a breakthrough for addicts who have previously lacked an understanding of themselves.

How Ibogaine is Administered?

Any Ibogaine treatment provided by an experienced and knowledgeable Ibogaine therapist will include a medical and psychiatric review for the patient’s safety. After the reviews, an appropriately-leveled dose of Ibogaine is administered orally with a therapist present.

Why should I choose the Iboga World Ibogaine?

What Happens During An Ibogaine Session?

It depends, to some extent, on the purpose for which the ibogaine is ingested. A person with long-term heroin addiction will not necessarily have the same experience as a person wanting to resolve chronic depression or anxiety. Nevertheless, all will find that their treatment involves both physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions.


Forty minutes after ingesting, a buzzing in the ears heralds dreamlike visions, dancing lights, flashes of images, symbolic or actual representations of current subconscious themes.

2 to 4 hours: these “waking dreams” slowly fade away, giving room to what is described as resetting the biochemistry of the brain, integration of the first phase.

20 to 36 hours: the last signs of dizziness, ataxia, inability to sleep will disappear, and the person is fully functional again.

48 to 72 hours: a noticeable increase in endorphin output leads to a general sense of well-being, known as the renaissance effect

Is Ibogaine Recognized In The Medical Community?

As ibogaine has an illegal state in many countries, it is only recognized by some doctors with others fearing for the repercussions for endorsing an unlawful drug. Please see our articles section for more on this debate between use and legality.

Why Ibogaine is Illegal In The USA?

Ibogaine was made illegal in the United States when it was classified in 1969 as a hallucinogen with the status of a schedule 1 drug due to its  
  • “high potential of abuse.”
  • “lack of a currently accepted medical use.”
  • “lack of accepted safety procedure for use.”
Despite promising results during clinical trials on humans in the United States, there has not been enough funding to get Ibogaine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pharmaceutical companies are not interested in bringing it to the market due to the lack of monetary rewards from Ibogaine’s sale or distribution. Also, the patent on Ibogaine is about to end, and the single administration modality of Ibogaine does not create a prospect for adequate and continuous revenue – as, for instance, in methadone maintenance programs. Although the United States’ legislation highly influenced most countries against Ibogaine, many other countries did not explicitly make it illegal.

What Are The International legal Restrictions Of Ibogaine?

Australia: Ibogaine figures as a schedule IV-drug, i.e., it is illegal to import it without a license. Belgium: The possession of ibogaine-hydrochloride, the purified alkaloid, is restricted. The Netherlands: Sweden: Ibogaine-hydrochloride, the purified salt, is listed as a Schedule I drug. Switzerland: Ibogaine-hydrochloride is a restricted substance. Most other countries are neutral on the subject or Ibogaine has a legal status

What Are The Negative Side Effects?

  • ataxia (inability to coordinate voluntary bodily movements) for up to 24 hours
  • mild to medium nausea and dizziness for up to 24 hours
  • visual and auditory distortions for up to 12 hours
  • mild to medium insomnia for up to 1 week

What can I expect?

  • 90% to 100% painless withdrawal
  • Insights into your subconscious
  • Healing your inner wounds of the mind and spirit
  • Feeling free and autonomous

Who Benefits From Ibogaine Treatment?

In particular, people who are addicted to opiates, alcohol, and cocaine achieve the most benefit. Even most people addicted to nicotine will have good relief. Additionally, benefits extend to family members and friends who no longer have to witness or participate in the addict’s former level of pain and self-medication.

What Are The Risks?

Under proper medical supervision, there have been no declared incidents. Over the past 20 years, however, two fatalities have occurred. The first was of a German woman undergoing the treatment in Holland, who died during a period when the staff wasn’t observing her. After careful examination of the data, Dr. Ken Alpers from New York extends his opinion of the findings that the woman managed to leave the treatment-facility and took heroin during the period in which Ibogaine was still very active in her body and hence overdosed on heroin since Ibogaine re-sensitizes the body to opiates. The other death occurred in Switzerland during a treatment given by a psychiatrist who administered the Ibogaine despite the patient having a severe heart-defect (and might have used MDMA [Ecstasy] concurrently).

Is Ibogaine Addictive?

While ibogaine can create fascinating experiences, it provides little or no bodily pleasure like cocaine or heroin. It contributes to a reintegration of the brain and as such helps to interrupt addiction rather than causing another addiction.

What Are Contraindications?

Significantly abnormal values of the liver-panel and the blood-test Severe psychological disorders Cardiac problems Some gastro-intestinal tract-problems (ulcer, gastric bleeding…) Brain (cerebral or cerebellar) disorders Pregnancy

Are There Signs Of Toxicity?

Medication Development of Ibogaine as a Pharmacotherapy for Drug Dependence, Deborah C. Mash, Craid A. Kovera, Billy E. Buck, Michael D. Norenberg, Paul Shapshak W. Lee Hearn and Juan Sanchez-Ramos, (1998) Ann. NY AScad Sci, 844:274-291. “…toxicological studies conducted in primates have demonstrated that oral ibogaine administration, given at doses (5 x 25 mg kg) recommended for the treatment of cocaine and opiate dependence, appears to be safe and free of behavioral or cerebellar toxicity.” In the same paper, the authors discuss the autopsy of a patient dying of natural causes who had received four ibogaine treatments of between 10 mg/kg and 29 mg/kg. “There were no degenerative changes seen in the cerebellum; cerebellar Purkinje cells were healthy, and there was no evidence of any significant cytopathology or neuro-degeneration in any other brain area