Could Ibogaine Be The Key To Ending Drug Addiction?

Could Ibogaine Be The Key To Ending Drug Addiction?

Could Ibogaine Be The Key To Ending Drug Addiction?

Ibogaine is a treatment potentially promising in the fight against drug addiction. Dr. Deborah Mash and her team of contributors discuss the 18 years of research conducted on ibogaine, detailing information about its physical and psychological effects as well as stories from people who have experienced it themselves.

We shall be looking at research and facts online that put ibogaine as a potential key in the battle against addiction, as well as success rates recorded through trials and how treatment centers around the world use this for the treatment of persons with drug addiction.

Ibogaine Is The Key

So I’ve been doing a lot of research online and came across quite a good number of articles that I found interesting about ibogaine which is being pushed forth and researched intensively by a lot of people and organizations as the potential key to the opioid crisis.

I found a lot of interesting content that ill like to share with everyone and before we dive into looking at the elements that make ibogaine stand out from other drug addiction treatments, lets first begin by looking at what ibogaine is even though we have a detailed explanation of iboga and ibogaine on our first 2 episodes, which you can check out, lets just for review sake go through it once more.

Ibogaine is a psychoactive drug that induces hallucinogenic effects like those associated with the use of LSD or psilocybin.

While the drug can lead to some short-term side effects, including anxiety after experiencing hallucinations, it has been touted for a few years as a potential solution to devastating addiction problems by American addiction centers.

Heal.com says that Miami is one of the few places in the United States where researchers study ibogaine, an indole alkaloid found in the root bark of a West African shrub that has hallucinogenic properties.

Bryce Pardo, Ph.D., MA, an associate policy researcher in the areas of cannabis regulation, opioid control, and new psychoactive substance markets, told Healio Primary Care that I quote “The benefits of treating opioid use disorder with ibogaine would be immense,” “But from time to time you hear stories that, in patients with existing CVD, it can cause death.” That was in 2019.

In 2021, hundreds of testimonials are available online one of which is on the getibogaine.com site with hundreds of testimonials from some persons who were suffering from drug addiction who effectively testified on the healing powers of this plant.

Currently, Brazil, South Africa, and New Zealand classify ibogaine as a pharmaceutical substance that licensed medical professionals can use and a lot of persons have been treated in treatment centers around these areas as well as in Mexico where we can find a good number of these clinics.

In a 2014 study in Brazil, researchers recruited 75 participants who previously used cannabis, cocaine, crack cocaine, or alcohol.

The participants who received one ibogaine treatment reported abstaining from drug use for a median of 5.5 months.

Those who received multiple ibogaine treatments abstained for a median of 8.4 months. Medicalnewstoday.com reports that The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) also helped fund two observational studies in 2017 that supported the use of ibogaine as a treatment for addiction to drugs.

In the first of these studies, which took place in Mexico, ibogaine use improved symptoms of opioid withdrawal and reduced subsequent drug use in people who had found other treatment options ineffective.

In the other study, researchers in New Zealand concluded that a single treatment with ibogaine reduced symptoms of opioid withdrawal in people dependent on opioids over 12 months. It also helped people stop taking opioids or maintain a reduced use. However, one person in the study died during treatment.

Some researchers are currently trying to modify psychedelic compounds such as ibogaine to make them safer by reducing their ability to cause hallucinations.

Something also interesting I picked up is this line which says that According to the report published in Progress in Brain Research, a single “heaped teaspoon” of iboga root bark triggers euphoria.

An ibogaine dose of 5 mg/kg of a person’s body weight appears to cause mostly stimulatory effects.

Doses of 10 mg/kg or more of a person’s body weight launch a visual phase lasting 1 to 4 hours followed by an introspective stage, the latter of which gives patients insights into their addictive behaviors.

Researchers have also found that ibogaine led to the resolution of patients’ opioid withdrawal syndrome within 48 hours and was be effective in blocking a return to use for years.

Also, Deborah C. Mash, Ph.D., who has been researching ibogaine’s potential for more than 25 years and is now CEO of a company investigating the agent, told Healio Primary Care that ibogaine “targets several neurochemical systems in the brain at high doses to bring about a rapid reset that blocks opioid withdrawal and craving.

Ibogaine could be developed as an in-hospital treatment similar to the medical use of brexanolone, the FDA-approved drug for postpartum depression.”

Success Rates

Let’s look at some success rates, Medical professionals who have used ibogaine to treat people recovering from methamphetamine addiction report 50-80 percent success rates; however, long-term recovery and relapse avoidance depend largely on entering a rehabilitation program after taking ibogaine with a doctor’s supervision.

One doctor reported a 70-80 percent success rate with effective aftercare; he added that, when people recovering from meth addiction took ibogaine but returned to the same environment where they had originally abused meth, there was a 90 percent relapse rate.

This was, in part, because visual cues and emotional associations are more salient for people struggling with methamphetamine addiction compared to those struggling with opioid addiction.

Treatment for several addictive substances with ibogaine results in a 20-50 percent rate of abstinence at a one-year follow-up point, on average, and that includes people working to end opioid addiction. Comparatively, Suboxone treatment for opioid addiction shows an 8.6 percent success rate once the person no longer needs to take Suboxone.

This just goes to show you that apart from the traditional treatment methods that exist today, ibogaine is one name that can’t be avoided when talking about the treatment of addiction.

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April 14, 2024

Ibogaine is just a blessing from the sky. I am so grateful that I came across it. I have been using it for one month and it has been just an amazing journey. Have I already mentioned that I am grateful? Yes, I truly am. The purchase was easy, and I was guided throughout the process. The product arrived on time and was guided on how to microdose it. I feel balanced in my soul, mind, and body. What a miracle. I believe everybody should know about Ibogaine. I highly recommend it. Everybody should use it. We all need it.

Thank you so much and very grateful.


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