The following information is from the Global Ibogaine Alliance:
New article from a new site www.collective-evolution.com which has some good content they are putting out in the areas of transformation and consciousness. In the article there is some solid information on the how and why of how ibogaine works. There is also a link to a ICEERS pdf document which have some case studies on ibogaine treatment and the late Howard Lotsof the “founder” of the ibogaine movement and Norma E. Alexander.
Within the case studies document there is several self reports from users of ibogaine for a drug related problem. Here is one users comments from their self report.
“After about an hour, I start visualizing pink diamond shapes. My body feels quite heavy, but I am still able to coordinate my functioning. For about an hour I am being checked on by the person who is guiding me through the treatment. To me, his appearance now resembles a pygmy. He wants to see if I start walking wobbly, one of the symptoms that ibogaine is taking effect. I am told to walk through the room several times. This request bothers me; I don’t want to be disturbed. Even though the ibogaine is affecting my coordination, I keep walking straight lines. I want to show that through willpower, no drug has to influence you if you don’t want it to. Through this experience I realize that the same goes for all the other drugs you can take. There is one eternal aspect in yourself that is unchangeably present. My conclusion was, “why take drugs to suppress this state of consciousness?” I also realized the enormous possibilities of a mind that is crystal clear.”
Ibogaine, an isolated active alkaloid, comes from the root bark of a shrub from central West Africa called Iboga. It has been used for thousands of years in ceremonies for spiritual development and in many tribes and cultures as a right of passage into adulthood. Iboga may be the most powerful psychedelic known to man.
In recent years it has been found to have amazing success with treating various addictions, specifically addiction to opiates.
Its ability to mitigate intense opiate withdrawals was discovered in the late 1960s. Since this discovery, studies undertaken by many research and academic facilities have proved that one of the 14 isolate alkaloids of Iboga — Ibogaine — is an extremely effective treatment for addiction to most substances, even the most addictive, like heroin, methadone, cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, and even nicotine.
Since opiate recoverers are often prescribed methadone for the rest of their lives to keep the intense craving for other, stronger drugs at bay, Ibogaine offers people hope for a completely drug-free future.
How Exactly Does Ibogaine Work?
For many people, all it takes is one heroin experience to develop an addiction, and herein lies the beauty of Ibogaine treatment. It essentially resets the opiate receptors in the brain back to zero, which in turn eliminates the desire to use opiates long after you’ve made the decision to quit. This is what makes this treatment far superior to any others available today.
Ibogaine also works to regulate and rebalance brain chemistry by levelling out dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, etc. to the same state they were in before the patient became addicted in the first place. Having these chemicals rebalanced drastically reduces the chance of the user relapsing,
After Ibogaine is administered, it is converted by the liver into nor-ibogaine, which stores in the body’s fat cells. This is what actually heals addiction, as it takes away the cravings and the thoughts of using. The effects of this treatment can take from 72 to 96 hours post treatment to be fully experienced. Aside from these amazing qualities, Ibogaine is also a documented anti-depressive that can establish a state of well-being and diminish negative thought patterns.