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(ī'bō-gă-ēn), Avoid the mispronunciation ī'bō-gān.
Indole alkaloid of the iboga group. Obtained from several parts of the African shrub Tabernanthe iboga (family Apocynaceae). Used by African hunters to arrest movement of the hunter; hallucinogenic, antidepressant, and euphoric.


(ĭ-bō′gə-ēn′, -ĭn)
An alkaloid drug, C20H26N2O, that acts as a dopamine blocker and mitigates symptoms of withdrawal from various psychoactive drugs, including heroin and cocaine. Ibogaine is used to treat drug addiction in some countries, including Canada, but is illegal in the United States.

ibogaine (īˑ·bō·gyān),

n stimulant that can be hallucinogenic at high doses; used in lower doses to treat addiction, primarily in Europe. In the United States, ibogaine is a schedule I substance (a substance that has a high potential for abuse).
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Ibogaine 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.
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.
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.