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What Is Ibogaine?
Ibogaine is derived from the Iboga plant that is native to Africa. Addiction specialists suggest that Ibogaine hydrochloride is the most secure and efficient method to defeat substance reliance. It is known to repair and fix the damaged brain cells and reduce the withdrawal symptoms. It maintains the right amount of Serotonin, which promotes more healthy and positive thinking.
Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants in the Apocynaceae family such as Tabernanthe iboga, Voacanga africana and Tabernaemontana undulata. A psychedelic with dissociative properties, the substance is banned in some countries; in other countries it is used by proponents of psychedelic therapy to treat addiction to methadone, heroin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, and other drugs. Ibogaine is also used to treat depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Derivatives of ibogaine that lack the substance’s psychedelic properties are under development.
Ibogaine-containing preparations are used for medicinal and ritual purposes within African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti, who claim to have learned it from the Pygmy peoples. Although it was first commonly advertised as having anti-addictive properties in 1962 byHoward Lotsof, its western use predates that by at least a century. In France it was marketed as Lambarène, a medical drug used as a stimulant. Additionally, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) studied the effects of ibogaine in the 1950s.
Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid that is obtained either by extraction 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. The synthesis process is too expensive and challenging to be used to produce a commercially significant yield. The synthesis was published in a patent in 1956.The free base and the HBr salt have both been characterised by X-ray crystallography.
While Ibogaine’s prohibition in several countries has slowed scientific research into its anti-addictive properties, the use of ibogaine for drug treatment has grown in the form of a large worldwide medical subculture. Ibogaine is also used to facilitate psychological introspection and spiritual exploration.
Medical experts suggest that Ibogaine hydrochloride is by far the safest and most effective way to defeat chemical dependence. Ibogaine is also known as ‘Indra extract’. Due to the alarmingly increasing number of substance dependency cases, the scientists and researchers are coming up with improved and newer holistic rehab treatment methods to deal with the situation. People who are looking for help seem to be puzzled about which treatments are best at curing the addiction. There are several rehabilitation centers throughout the country, but very few provide Ibogaine treatment, which is the latest treatment technique for overcoming drug addiction.
Ibogaine is the closest thing anyone’s seen to a bona fide cure for drug and alcohol addiction, yet, paradoxically, Ibogaine’s curative power seems to derive from its consciousness-altering properties. Despite the government’s historic queasiness about sanctioning studies of mind-active drugs, Ibogaine penetrated the bias and survived to become only the second psychoactive drug to get the green light on the long road to FDA approval (MDMA was the first).
“The FDA has been very responsive on this one,” says neuroscientist Deborah Mash of the University of Miami.
Mash heads the team conducting the FDA human safety trials.
Mash is the latest link in the Ibogaine story, but one who will bridge the gap between anecdotal evidence and scientific proof needed for FDA approval. Ibogaine is derived from the roots of Tabernanthe iboga, a shrub native to equatorial Africa, where tribes have long used it in small doses to remain alert while hunting and in larger amounts during sacred rituals. In 1962, heroin addict Howard Lotsof took a trip on Ibogaine and afterward found that he’d lost his desire for heroin and suffered no withdrawal symptoms [see MIND, July 1993 OMNI]. Lotsof gave the substance to other addicts, and they, too, were unhooked from drugs that previously ruled their lives. “The International Coalition for Addict Self-Help ran underground trial testing on Ibogaine,” Mash says, “and it was found to cure addiction to heroin, cocaine, and other substances.”
In 1986, Lotsof formed NDA International and secured a use patent on Ibogaine for treating drug and alcohol addiction. Underground trials began in the Netherlands in 1990, with more than three dozen addicts since treated as test cases. Tests will soon begin in other European countries and in Israel. Mash was among the American investigators invited to Leiden to witness Ibogaine in action. “I call it a chemical bar mitzvah,” she quips. “It’s a psychoactive drug, but not a hallucinogen like LSD. It puts you into a thirty-six-hour waking dream state. During this altered state of consciousness, you relive your childhood experiences, get to the root of your addictions.”
Yet Ibogaine’s physiological mechanism remains a mystery. It doesn’t bind to any known brain receptor, says Mash, whose team includes a neurologist, a psychiatrist specializing in addiction, and a social worker expert in “inner child” work. “A negative bias has evolved surrounding the use of psychoactive drugs,” Hearn laments, “because of recreational uses of substances like LSD. It’s a mistake to label them as bad because they’re mind active. Maybe Ibogaine will change some misperceptions and open the door to research with psychoactive drugs.” Mash agrees, “treating drug dependence with a drug is still considered ironic.” Also ironic she adds, is the first trials are taking place in Miami, the premiere transit point for cocaine in this country.
“Ibogaine was used as a rite of passage in Africa,” says Lee Hearn, laboratory director of the Metro-Date Medical Examiner’s Department and a member of Mash’s team. “Now it may be used to reprogram an addict’s life. Anecdotal reports indicate that while on Ibogaine, he or she is detached from childhood recollection, but is reexamining, coming to grips with it, perhaps understanding it for the first time. All neuroses are potentially solvable this way. Drug addiction,” he adds, “is an illness of the spirit. If you’re going to cure it, you have to do so at that level.”
Mash is testing Ibogaine’s pharmacologically active metabolites. “If craving returns to some extent in some people, it may be because Ibogaine’s metabolites are washing out over time,” she speculates. “Maybe we’ll need something after Ibogaine for maintenance.” But so far no one has had a bad trip, and the only side effects reported are slight nausea and imbalance at the treatment’s beginning. In monkey studies, Mash found no brain toxicity, “toxicity only showed up in a study at John’s Hopkins University, and it was only toxic in near-lethal high doses.”
Mash remembers Mark, an American in Holland for the Ibogaine treatment. “His brain was working overtime. He was viewing his past as a detached participant, observing where he went wrong, reintegrating it. He didn’t want to speak or be interrupted. I spoke to him but didn’t want to be intrusive.” On Ibogaine, one may confront experiences long ago swept under the emotional carpet. Scientists have been startled to see that Ibogaine cures the anxiety of decoupling from a long-term habit, prevents withdrawal symptoms, and relieves — although not completely eliminates — cravings. “Mark went thirty days without craving, but then it started,” Mash reports. “We don’t understand craving, although it’s tied to relapse. An addict will tell you it’s triggered by certain cues. We think it’s similar to classical conditioning.
A Holistic Drug Rehab Approach
There is enough evidence to prove that a holistic approach is more successful at preventing a relapse.
Look for an Ibogaine clinic that employs all the alternative healing modalities as part of their comprehensive treatment. Unlike other mainstream medical treatments, these natural healing techniques have no side effects and thus pose no threat to health in the end. Continuous research and experimentation revealed that Ibogaine can significantly reduce substance dependency, while gently reprogramming the brain to its normal condition.
At our high end drug rehab center “The Holistic Sanctuary”, we know how hard it is to kick opiates, alcohol and other chemical addictions. We’ve personally been there, and we are here to help you every step of the way to kick the habit and get cured!
We offer a natural approach to cure your dependency, once and for all. Our healing Ibogaine detox center is within driving distance from San Diego on the beach in Baja California Mexico, a stunning, private luxurious beachfront resort. Our clients are treated to organic foods cooked by a chef, a private room, and massage therapy sessions to help with a painless transition to a full detox.
The Ibogaine detox is rapid and painless, however we recommend that the client choose to stay and also do ayahuasca, which is part of our completely holistic, addiction cure treatment protocol, called the “Pouyan Method”. The full treatment lasts about 30-90 days, depending on the client’s goals and the results and if they want brain scans
We educate our clients on powerful ways to end negative thought patterns and clear their lives of toxic people and environments to prevent relapse. We teach all of our clients a complete life style change, which is crucial to ending the cycle of addiction.
We do not force our clients to embrace a life of AA meetings and 12 step. You were not born with an incurable disease, and you are not powerless. We will show you how to regain your power and be cured once and for all.
With the holistic, brain-healing Pouyan Method and Ibogaine treatment, we can close the gap of relapse and increase our clients’ chances for a full and complete, 100% recovery.
Our process heals our clients. That’s right, we have a cure.
It’s not an endless cycle of living with addiction and perpetual recovery. We don’t help you off street drugs, only to get you hooked on legal drugs. Maintenance drugs like methadone, suboxone, anti-depressants and ssri drugs are not a cure, they are only a band-aid covering the underlying symptoms. Not to mention, these drugs come with a host of life-threatening side effects.
So, believe us when we say, “No more AA meetings”, no more endless talk therapy, no more claiming you’re powerless and labeling yourself as a diseased alcoholic or addict! No more band-aid pills and chemical dependency substitutions. It’s time to end the insanity. We will help to rebuild you from the inside out.
Get cured now!
True healing begins at “The Holistic Sanctuary”.