is a naturally-occurring substance, which has been shown to alleviate upwards of 95% of withdrawal symptoms and interrupt the process of active addiction.
Neuropharmacological studies on ibogaine
, an indole alkaloid with central stimulant properties.
On the basis of word of mouth, the ibogaine
scene has quadrupled in the last 5 years," says Ken Alper, a psychiatrist at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City.
Meanwhile, a private Vancouver firm employs ibogaine
, an unregulated mind-altering plant from West Africa, to help addicts kick their vice.
These included LSD, harmine, ibogaine
, mescaline, and discoloured pink adrenalin.
Manufacturers say Ibogaine
works by instantly relieving withdrawal symptoms and suppressing cravings for heroin and cocaine.
The plant extract Ibogaine
could save the NHS millions each year in costly detox treatments.
The use and abuse of cannabis (marijuana and hashish), hallucinogens (LSD, mescal, peyote, Ibogaine
, Ecstasy), stimulants (speed, crack/cocaine, crank, methamphetamine), and inhalants (gasoline, paint thinner, solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaning fluids, nitrous oxide), should be documented, if possible.
ANALOGS AS NOVEL AGENTS FOR ADDICTION THERAPY
To augment the qualitative data gathered in the field, focus groups of cannabis users were set up in which personal testimonies of drug-use careers were probed, recorded and organized in a manner similar to that used in a study of Dutch heroin users who had undergone an underground ibogaine
treatment (Kaplan et al.
There is also the use of iboga and ibogaine
for the treatment of addictions, particularly alcohol and opiate addictions, where withdrawal symptoms can be bypassed entirely, helping individuals become addiction-free with only one application.
His search for a cure takes him to Africa where he takes Ibogaine
, one of the most powerful psychedelic substances known to mankind.