The Science of Iboga

Two of the questions most commonly asked questions to Envision Recovery are “what is Ibogaine” and “how can Ibogaine help me in my battle with addiction?” With that in mind, let’s take a look at the science behind Ibogaine.

The Medicinal Use of Iboga

Relatively new to Western civilization, Iboga and its prized alkaloid Ibogaine have existed under the radar of mainstream media up until the turn of the century. It was an indigenous medicine used as a rite of passage into adulthood for the children of Africa, and it now has now become a therapeutic tool celebrated throughout the west in addiction interruption, PTSD, depression, and symptoms of general anxiety.

Tabernanthe Iboga is found as a tropical shrub under canopies of the rain forest in Cameroon, Gabon and in the DRC. It’s discovered by small geometric clusters of snow white flowers that reach out of the branches to embrace the light of day. In specific factions of indigenous culture, the white petals represent the limitless of clear skies above and the innocence of youth. Orange pepper shaped seed pods hang delicately from the branches of the iboga tree hovering above the forest floor, as the Iibogaine alkaloid is found in the inner layer of the root bark of mature trees that have lived at least 7 years of age.

Upon ingestion of the bark, users experience a deep R.E.M. walking dream state, which is why many people refer to Iboga as psychoactive medicine.

How It Helps People Suffering From Addiction

In the 1960’s a 19 year-old heroin addict named Howard Lotsof accidentally discovered that Ibogaine could be the answer for people with opioid addictions. Once Ibogaine helped Lotsof overcome his addiction, he became a research scientists and introduced the many therapeutic benefits of Ibogaine to other medical and science officials.

Soon enough, other pioneers saw the tremendous value associated with Ibogaine, and an alliance and movement begun with like-minded individuals. One of the members of the newfound alliance was Eric Taub, who along with Lotsof became recognized for being on the forefront of increasing Ibogaine awareness and activism in the Americas.

Shortly thereafter, Lostof created treatment methods and patented the protocol process for Ibogaine therapy, while Taub opened the doors to the public in search of Ibogaine treatments by opening centers in the Caribbean and throughout Latin America. Finally, the US public had a new option for treating addiction.

Since then, we have proudly provided therapeutic treatments for guests of a wide range of ages and social demographics, and as they say, the rest is history.

The Science Behind Iboga, The Rainforest Medicine

If you’re interested in what alkaloids are contained in Tabernanthe Iboga, then please see the list below:

  • Ibogaine
  • Ibogamine
  • Ibogaline
  • Tabernanthine

Also found:

  • Isovoacangine
  • Conophararyngine
  • Coronaridine
  • Voacangine




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