Ibogaine Is A Naturally Occurring Substance
What is Ibogaine? Ibogaine is a naturally occurring substance. It is found in the roots of a number of plants, most belonging to a certain family called Tabernanthe. Tabernanthe iboga is the plant that supplies most of the ibogaine used throughout the world, though some of it is manufactured in laboratories without the plant altogether.
What is it used for? It is used by African natives for its stimulant effects, as they use it to keep awake and stay on a job, or hunters use it to stay awake as they trek far from home. It is also used in religious rituals because of its mild hallucinogenic effects.
There is a mass of evidence surrounding the fact that ibogaine can be used to treat heroin and other opiate dependency, as well as alcoholism and other substance abuse problems. Most of the research has been done in Europe and Canada. Ibogaine, which is an alkaloid extract from the iboga plant, is what is used in a number of treatment centers around the world.
Ibogaine is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the United States. It is not approved for treatment because it is a hallucinogen. It can have this hallucinogenic effect even in small quantities, and even has a stimulant, amphetamine-like effect if used in small quantities.
Ibogaine treatment clinics are found in Canada and parts of Europe. There are illegal clinics in the United States, and they are extremely expensive due to their covert nature. Government spokesmen warn us that illegal use of ibogaine for the treatment of addiction can be fatal because of its hallucinogenic effects and because it is a mild cardiovascular stimulant. Even with massive recreational use, however, the chances of dying by overdose or use of uncontrolled ibogaine in a non-medical setting is one in three hundred. It is a relatively safe drug if used properly.
It would cost a pharmaceutical millions of dollars to procure testing and research for ibogaine as an agent for curing addiction. No pharmaceutical will risk it, because it can not be patented. That is why it is on Schedule 1 in the United States. The reason is not because it is a dangerous substance. The reason is because the drug companies will simply not make enough money.
In Canada, ibogaine centers and clinics are regulated by the government and the patients are carefully monitored. The clients are safe, and their experience almost always reiterates what some of the doctors are saying: ibogaine can help cure addiction.
Ibogaine is a substance that mimics the molecular structure of whatever the patient uses as an addictive drug. It takes the place of the drug, and there are no side effects, no withdrawal symptoms, no DT’s as with alcohol. The client is tapered off the ibogaine, and soon, the patient is a former addict, and there is no desire for more of the substance. Doctors and patients proclaim its effectiveness time and again!
It is about time for the United States to seriously look into ibogaine. But for now, there are Canadian ibogaine clinics waiting to help cure this national blight of opiate addiction.