Due to the various dangers faced by the tabernanthe iboga tree, we at getibogaine.com through LJS GROUP fight for its survival by engaging in acts of iboga sustainability. LJS GROUP, a Cameroonian-based company and major supplier of iboga products worldwide, has taken steps to ensure the sustainability of the iboga tree through the plantation of over one thousand iboga trees on hectares of secondary virgin forest. For sustainability and respect for ecosystem and habitat, these hectares of virgin forest lands are located in the south region of Cameroon.
Over the years reliable information has surfaced suggesting that the Tabernanthe iboga plant may be disappearing from its natural habitat in the Central West African rainforest. The Iboga plant is the most prolific source of ibogaine, an alkaloid that has been used since the 1980s as an experimental treatment for substance use disorders.
What is iboga?
Ibogaine is gotten from the Tabernanthe iboga plant which grows specifically in the equatorial Central West African rainforest region. These rainforests are found primarily in the countries of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and especially in Gabon. As a result of human actions, numerous things threaten the availability and sustainability of the iboga tree in their various habitats.
How is iboga threatened by extinction?
First and foremost, the sustainability of the Tabernanthe iboga tree is in great danger because more and more people know about it than ever before. There are more and more people practicing the Bwiti religion which is the Central West African religion that uses the iboga plant as a sacrament, than ever before, and the positive news of its use for transformation in the West, particularly in treating addiction recovery, is now out and widespread.
Although ibogaine treatment in the United States is still illegal, its legality and use in countries such as Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand, Netherlands, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Brazil, has gradually resulted in many addiction recovery centers emerging to help people detox and recover from drug addiction. Due to these two rapid changes in a short time, it has resulted in a higher demand for the iboga than in the past, and although steps are being undertaken to keep iboga available and sustainable, this is probably the largest single threat to the plant and substance overall.
Our Iboga Sustainability Farm
What can we do?
Due to the rapid knowledge on the use and importance of the iboga plants specifically in the treatment of addictions, also the increase in the practice of the Bwiti religion which uses iboga as sacraments and for divination, and also due to the increase in population amongst other reasons, the availability of the iboga tree is rapidly decreasing to a near extinction level.
Just as we at getibogaine.com, we take the sustainability of iboga very seriously, if everyone works together for the sustainability of iboga to make small changes, then large changes will begin to appear. We want iboga to be available to not just people in need in the western world for many generations to come, but we also need to engage in actions that will keep it available to traditional practitioners for religious use as well.