Ibogaine, (the medical name of Iboga) has a deep psychotherapeutic benefit for people who suffer from various kinds of addictions and mental diseases. Ibogaine works on a physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and astral level to obtain a new balance. It detoxifies and purifies the body, mind, and soul. It brings spiritual growth and personal development.

It can also reduce or even eliminate withdrawal and craving from héroïn, opiates, stimulants, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. The Ibogaine Treatment interacts not only as a profound re-vision of your life, but it also reflects on your behavior and social interaction.

In 1962 Iboga was coincidentally discovered by a young American héroïn addict, named Howard Lotsof. His desire for the drug stayed away after taking Ibogaine and he had not any withdrawal or craving. The active substances in the roots, bark, stem, leaves, and seeds contain 30 indole alkaloids, of which the most important: Ibogaine. One of these alkaloids, C20H26N2O ensures that the withdrawals stay away.

Howard and his wife Norma worked their entire life to make Ibogaine more known to the public worldwide. He died in March 2009. His work continues all over the world by many Ibogaine Treatment Centres and facilitators. There are now about 80 Ibogaine clinics in different countries and New Zealand was the first country in the world who accepted Ibogaine as a medication by the Government of Health.

The Ibogaine treatment Providers and Facilitators come together every two years in a Conference somewhere in the world to share knowledge and information with each other.

A lot of research has been done on Ibogaine. It is not yet completely clear what effect Ibogaine has on the brain and the reason for its deep and long-lasting effects. Scientific research in some USA’s Universities shows that Ibogaine’s structure relates to serotonin, which is naturally produced by the brain as a neurotransmitter of peace and well-being. According to this research, Ibogaine has a noticeable effect on the limbic system and therefore it cleans the brain.

It also has been speculated that addiction is related to a disrupted relationship between the brain’s two hemispheres and causes a “bihemispheric reïntegration” to reconnect the two hemispheres. Ibogaine also has access to the part of the brain where the REM sleep is active during the night. The brain is three times more active in the night. Some people can heal from a 10 years old sleeping disorder and some people sleep less for a period after an ibogaine experience.

You always receive what you need from an Ibogaine Experience. It heals on a lot of different levels.

Ibogaine stimulates the central nervous system and induces visions when ingested in larger doses. The “dreams” visions are different for everybody, it is a very personal process but can include long-forgotten childhood memories along with other revelations. Some participants see a lot of eyes or a lot of animals. The body effects of Ibogaine can also include nausea and vomiting, though this is not always the case.

Ibogaine is not a recreational drug. You make a spiritual Journey to the subconsciousness. It purifies the soul and you are able to let go old patterns and emotions. It brings more lightness to the existence of humankind.

The effects also depend on the quality, the dosage and other elements, like personal background, history of the disease, expectations, gender, age and the environment where you can do the treatment.

The duration of the total experience depending of the dosage can vary from 8 – 32 hours.

What can you expect?

Change of observations, the participant experiences the world around him in a different way.

You see everything more polychrome and feelings become more intense. Stuff can deform or it has a stronger contour line or it gives light. The most significant change is that the participant sees light dots moving through the room.

Change of auditive observation, sounds are experienced in a different way.

Change of time and space: A room can look bigger or smaller. Time can go slowly or you are not busy with time at all.

Insights in your own life or your own life wisdom. A participant can have a magical or religious experience.

Ibogaine starts after 30 – 60 minutes with body sensations, followed by a strong mental process.

It has been considered a “oneirophrenic” by Claudio Naranjo, a South American psychiatrist who first used Iboga as an additional aid for psychotherapy. Oneirophrenic is a word that comes from Greek. ὄνειρο “(Oneiro,” Dream “) and” φρενός “(«phrenos»,” spirit “).

In the Netherlands, the Dutch writer and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden, who lived between 1860 and 1932 introduced the notion of “lucid dreams” in an article for the journal Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) (volume 26, 1913) titled A Study of Dreams. With ‘ lucid ‘ he referred to the clear State in which the dreamer is located.

With Iboga, you are “awake in your dream”. It is a mind scan, a “reset”. Some participants have such a spiritual experience, that this positive enriches their whole lives. This spiritual gift, given is very similar to lucid dreaming and participants also describe this as exciting, colorful and fantastic.

Iboga relaxes the muscular and nervous systems so that your body does not even turn it is and gives your mind the opportunity to process, make changes and make new choices.

Dreams are important and necessary for processing daily life. By circumstances such as the use of medications (state drugs) or illegal drugs, like héroin, cocaine, or legal drugs as alcohol or nicotine this process can be disrupted.

Iboga comes in waves and you make a trip to your past. The visions have a symbolic meaning. This meditative experience is the basis of the transformation. The silence is very important. Iboga is meditation with a deep profound effect. The transformation is the natural process of the mind.

The ibogaine experience is not a hallucinogenic one as the participant is always aware of where he/she is. They know, that the experience is caused by the ingestion of the Ibogaine. The visions are internal projections.

The initial phase of the experience is an 8-12 hour intense visual introspection, highly charged with information, but without much emotional connection with the individual or psychological integration of the contents during this phase. In the next 24 hours of the experience, the visionary phase wears off and the contents of this process are integrated into a cognitive process. Afterward this integration process continues in daily life for months in which the individual re-defines his/her identity and interpersonal dynamics in his/her environment post-ibogaine.

Ibogaine is a very potent addiction interrupter, but it is not a wonder drug that ‘cures’ addiction. To book success and to achieve long term abstinence you need a satisfying day-to-day living. Ibogaine should be used in a safe and clean Treatment Centre with psychological guidance, proper physical and social preparation, a professional administration and good aftercare, like psychotherapy, behavioral counseling or other social help. Psychologists trained in drug addiction work with individuals and help you with your new, drug-free life.

When you are back home you have to take care of yourself again. Look for someone you feel comfortable with to take a walk and do some talk. Ask your home town doctor for a prescription for medications to help with any detox pain. You need persistence.

Check the Experiences page: many people who already did the treatment from all around the world are willing to share their Experience with you.


Ibogaine has a risk factor: it lowers the heart rate and prolongs the QT interval of the EKG. People with a weak heart condition, arrhythmia or a naturally slow heart rate can never be accepted for this treatment. Pulmonary embolism is also a risk after blood clot formation in the veins. Ibogaine lowers the tolerance of stimulants, opiates and other (State) drugs. This can become fatal and should never be combined. Not before the treatment and not after the treatment. Ibogaine should never be combined with certain foods or medications, such as those who contain CYP2D6 enzymes like grapefruit and quinine). The psychoactive effects can cause complications for participants with pre-existing mental illness, like personality disorders and psychosis. A proper psychiatric and physical screening, including stress ECG or 24 hour Holter monitor, a blood test (CBC) and a liver enzyme test (AST/ALT) are basics for a safe treatment. There are different plant materials being used, ranging from pulverized root bark to extracts, containing, aside from ibogaine, the other alkaloids found in the root bark, to pure ibogaine HCL of which the quality and composition can differ greatly. This can also be an additional risk factor.

What can be the risks?

Seizures, gastrointestinal issues, heart complications, such as arrhythmias or Ataxia.

Ibogaine treatment can be risky and much is still not understood. It should only be used under medical professional.

Psychoactive healing plants, mushrooms, and cacti (500 different ones) are still stigmatized in our society, but it slowly changes. There is a lot of research going in. Ibogaine is not on the international lists of controlled psychotropic substances of the International Narcotics Control Board of the United Nations, but it is illegal in the US, Australia, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Denmark, and Hungary.

If you are looking for help, the best way is to speak with your doctor first before starting a treatment.

Most Ibogaïne Treatment Centres follow this process:

Detoxification to get the body rid of the drug. This can be done at home with the assistance of a medical professional or at a treatment center. You can find different Ibogaine Treatment Centres all over the world on our website and they work fully staffed with compassionate, caring professionals trained in getting someone through the challenging detox transition.

Copyright, November 2018