Ibogaine is a hallucinogenic chemical, that in its pure form, it is a white, bitter-tasting powder. Ibogaine occurs naturally in a number of plants native to West Central Africa. Ibogaine-containing plants, such as Tabernanthe iboga and Voacanga africana, have a history of traditional use in West Africa in initiation ceremonies and religious rituals.
Ibogaine can cause profound and long-lasting hallucinations. Due to this there has been limited interested in the recreation psychoactive use of ibogaine. However Ibogaine has been used as an anti-addiction therapy, especially for the treatment of opiate addiction, in the United States and Europe since the 1960s. It is illegal to possess Ibogaine in the United States without a medical prescription or license because it is a controlled substance, a scheduled I drug.
Ibogaine is used as an anti-addiction therapy, especially in the treatment of opiate addiction. It helps to control cravings and lessen symptoms of withdrawal, allowing the patient to concentrate on other aspects of their treatment and remain sober.
While Ibogaine is not very popular for recreational purposes due to its long duration of effects it can be found in clubs, raves and parties. Those looking for a longer trip will take Ibogaine, experiencing numbness of skin, mild auditory and dreamlike visual hallucinations lasting for 3-4 hours followed by intense autobiographical inventory of the events and significance of one’s life, lasting from 8-20 hours. The user may experience extreme wakefulness up to 3 days after taking Ibogaine.
Ibogaine Signs and Symptoms
Someone who has been abusing Ibogaine may seem disconnected as they are experiencing its hypnotic effects. The will face a wide array of effects, some desired others not. For the first 3 to 4 hours the user will experiencenumbness of skin, mild auditory and dreamlike visual hallucinations, this is commonly followed by 8 to 2 hours for an intense autobiographical inventory of the events and significance of one’s life. They may experience insomnia up to 3 days, as well as other lingering physical effects. Ibogaine often causes nausea and vomiting which only last a few short hours.
When addicted to Ibogaine the individual will be consumed by its use. They will crave the drug. When they are unable to use it they may experience a unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. To over come their addiction they will require therapy and other addiction treatment in a controlled, temptation free environment.
Ibogaine Addiction Treatment
Ibogaine addiction treatment will contain a wide array of treatment aspects, each tailored to the individual patients needs. Ibogaine takes a toll on the individuals psychological state, making therapy and counseling sessions extremely important in returning them to a health state of mind. Patients will also take part in the detoxification process to cleanse their body of the chemicals and toxins related to Ibogaine abuse. They will continue through chemical dependency education to help them get a full understanding of their addiction and what Ibogaine abuse is doing to their mind and body.