Voacanga africana Definition

Voacanga africana is a small tropical tree with yellow or white flowers that grows in West Aferica. The bark and seeds of the tree contain iboga alkaloids which can be used as a poison, stimulant, aphrodisiac and psychedelic.  The presence of a complex mixture of iboga alkaloids such as voacangine, voacamine, vobtusine, amataine, akuammidine, tabersonine, coronaridine and vobtusine, is why Voacanga africana creates these effects.

Voacanga africana Uses

Voacanga africana is used in Ghana as a poison, stimulant, aphrodisiac, and ceremonial psychedelic. It is also commonly used in pharmaceuticals. Voacanga is often used in the semi-synthesis of the anti-addiction medication ibogaine.

Voacanga africana has been used throughout history in Ghana culture for various purposes. Its use has spread throughout the world with people using this drug for various purposes. Its stimulant, aphrodisiac, and psychedelic effects make it a desired recreational drug, allowing users to stay up long hours, experience an increase in sexual pleasure as well as a wide array of psychedelic effects.

 Voacanga africana Signs and Symptoms

When Voacanga africana is used as directed it can be very effective. However when it is abused it can have an surge of effects that can be addicting to the user. The longer the drug is use the greater the risk of the user developing a tolerance, requiring an increase in dose to acheive the desired effects. Prolonged use of Voacanga africana can result in the user developing a dependency, experiencing cravings when they are not using. If they do not fulfill this craving to use they may experience a wide array of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Voacanga africana Addiction Treatment

Treating an Voacanga africana addiction often requires the patient to undergo an  outpatient treatment program. This allows them the medical support to overcome their dependency while recovering in the comfort of home. Each day the patient will enter into the outpatient addiction treatment facility for up to 8 hours of treatment This treatment is tailored to their individual recovery needs, with aspects including but not limited to;

  • Prescription therapy detox
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Behavioral modification therapy
  • Chemical dependency education