A beginners guide to ibogaine assisted drug detox
On this page we will discuss the benefits of an ibogaine treatment and iboga ceremonies from both the perspective of drug addiction treatment and general psycho-spiritual and physical benefits.
It really is a very extraordinary plant / molecule, seemingly providing very deep healing far beyond addictions.
With spectacular results time and time again, there is just no detox out there like it. Little to no withdrawal symptoms for opiate addicts, relief from any intense cravings, hugely reduced PAWS with many users reporting a feeling of having been reborn afterwards.
There aren’t many detoxes out there that leave you feeling great afterwards with a renewed lust for life.
Staying clean can become a joy if the special opening that ibogaine provides is made the most of. It doesn’t do all of the work for you, but it gives you a window of opportunity in which to change your life.
Why are people taking ibogaine?
Ibogaine treatment is usually performed in the west with the intention of cessation of drug and/or alcohol use, or any unwanted repetitive behaviour(s). Ibogaine treatment is also persued by people suffering from diseases like; MS, Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia, RLS, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and various other afflictions and aliments. It is also used by people seeking spiritual and personal growth.
For opiate users (such as heroin addicts) ibogaine is the only known way to get from fully dependent to completely free within a few days.
It also works very well on most other addictions such as cocaine, crack and amphetamines, although it should noted that it will not help with the physical withdrawals from benzos or alcohol. Special arrangements need to be made for these people.
Ibogaine started being used in the underground Addict Self Help networks, as the self-treating addicts found that the drug blocked opiate withdrawal and reduced craving for opiates and other illicit drugs for extended time periods. Studies have supported these claims and now ibogaine has been passed as a medicine in several countries and is used in clinics worldwide.
What is Ibogaine?
Ibogaine is a psychedelic alkaloid occuring naturally in certain plants, most well known for being one in iboga; a bush from the jungles of central Africa and is an important part of the culture and spiritual practices of the Bwiti, a religious group based around iboga.
In the west Ibogaine is best known for its anti-addiction properties, famously hailed at the addiction stopper (although probably better thought of as the addiction interruptor). It provides an important reset and window of time where it becomes easy to make the changes necessary to living a life free from addiction, trauma, resentment, depression or other repetitive patterns, belief systems or behaviours that no longer serve the person undergoing ibogaine treatment.
What happens when you take ibogaine?
A high dose of ibogaine is known as a “flood dose” in the lingo, these often produce strong visions, often relevant to the person undergoing the experience and can provide deep insights and personal breakthroughs. The quality of the visions vary, but typically people report it to be a dream like experience and often they are aware of another intelligence within it.
After digestion the ibogaine converts to noribogaine which attaches to the dopamine and opiate receptor sites in the body (amongst others) and reboots the serotonin system too. This is part of its magic as it essentially stops you going into withdrawal.
Although no one can tell you what your journey will be like, typical reports are usually along the lines of:
- Getting to the root cause of your addiction
- Dealing with depression / anxiety / trauma
- Overcoming family line issues
- Learning about your inner most self.
- Perspective Shifts / Different way of viewing life
- Deep physical reset
- Seeing the world with fresh eyes, feeling reborn after the experience
- It is also common to not remember your visions immediately although sometimes they come back to you over the coming weeks and months
- Many times people have crazy visions that make no obvious sense.
- Some people have no visions, or don’t remember their visions, don’t worry if this happens to you. You will still experience the incredible reset and feel refreshed mentally, emotionally and physically.
Whether you have good visions or no visions you will still get the benefit of iboga or ibogaine. It is literally rebooting your system, everything will feel fresh, vibrant and new and this will develop over the coming months.
A metabolite called noribogaine stays in your system for several months after your flood dose. Many people report continuing insights and personal breakthroughs and changes in this time.
“The observations indicate that there is a resolution of withdrawal, meaning the addict is detoxified and no longer has withdrawal symptoms and is no longer physically dependent.”
Ibogaine reboots body chemistry, super charges neural circuitry, neurotransmitters and receptors, and help you resolve deep trauma which effects the way you view and experience life.
Ibogaine is essentially resetting you back to baseline; where the brain was before the patient began using drugs. Many people report feeling even better than that.
Old neural pathways are temporarily taken offline, giving the patient a break from their old habits — this is a very important time to consciously choose good habits.
Ibogaine is metabolised into noribogaine which sits inside of many receptor sites in the body, including those fpr opiate and dopamine, alongside that it reboots the serotonin system and this is thought to be how it stops opiate withdrawal and resets the body.
Ibogaine removes all, or almost all, detox discomfort for the majority of opiate addicted patients. It also has a significant effect on reducing post acute withdrawal.
Ibogaine is the only known detox methods where an opiate dependent person can go from physically addicted to bio-chemically free in just hours
Tremendos personal insight is often gained through working with Ibogaine.
It has been said that Ibogaine can lead to profound personal growth equivalent to decades of psychotherapy. Both during the flood and for the 3-6 month period afterwards, as it triggers a GDNF release, a neurotrophic protein which essentially creates greater neural-plasticity. What this means is that in the 3-6months after your flood you will find it easier to learn new things, that includes habits. So it is a really important time, it’s your chance to reprogram yourself.
Many people suggest that you maximise this process by making time for meditative practices of some kind. Kundalini yoga, breathwork, Wim Hof method and others have all be recommended by success stories.
Rediscover the joy of life, of having a body, of your own creativity. This is your chance to really bring in your best and ideal self, whatever that may be.
GDNF is a Neural Growth Factor that gets a major power-up after ibogaine.
Glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is a protein which promotes the survival of many types of neurons. Which means its easier to regrow your brain. New neural pathways represent new behaviours, habits, things you know. Perfect at a time in your life where you are trying to bring in the “new you”
Ibogaine affects the neurotransmitter system with release of small proteins called “neurotrophic factors” which promote “survival, repair, and protection processes in the brain tissue” this combats ongoing dependence on drugs or helps the patient to get out of severe depression.
It is thought to last for 3-6months after your treatment. During this time you will be able to grow new neural pathways more easily, speeding up the learning process and making new habits easy to form.
Really treasure and use this time wisely, in many ways these first 3-6 months post ibogaine are more important that the flood itself. It is your chance to rewrite your story, and bring in the best version of you!
A great opportunity to rewrite your life and reprogram yourself the way you want to be!
GDNF is something that children have a lot of, but adults typically don’t. In traditional Bwiti this stage of your journey is recognised as a second childhood, placing the same restrictions on you as you would place on a child (no sex, tobacco, alcohol). Maybe this is to try and stop bad habits forming in the malleable state.
This is your opportunity to reprogram yourself. So make sure you take advantage of this special period post ibogaine flood
Parkinson’s Disease & GDNF / Ibogaine
There are many reports of people using ibogaine to help conditions like Parkinson’s.
Learn about the jaw-dropping benefits of Ibogaine and Iboga. They do so much more than just addiction treatment
Ibogaine can be dangerous for some people. Educate yourself to see if you are a good candidate for this work
Learn what medication and medical health conditions are a bad mix with ibogaine and iboga.
Make sure you go to a good place! There are some shady operations going on out there…
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We wish you luck on your journey. This incredible medicine has changed so many lives, but to do safe and effective work it must be treated with respect.
It’s important that you find a good provider or clinic to do your ibogaine treatment with. Don’t end up with the cowboys!
We do our best to keep this website updated as our collective knowledge and experience of the use of ibogaine grows, and we would love you contributions and suggestions. Email us
Ibogaine Adverse Reactions & Safety – Jamie Mac – Ibogaine / Cardiac Nurse – Notes from the European Ibogaine Forum