What is Ibogaine?
Ibogaine is an isolated alkaloid derived from the Tabernathe iboga shrub that grows in West Africa. It has naturally occurring psychoactive properties that can produce visions often introspective in nature that make ibogaine treatment effective in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.
IBOGAINE PSYCHO-SPIRUTAL RETREAT
Ibogaine treatment can help those struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression and PTSD. New Life Iboga provides ibogaine treatment with ceremonies based on the principles of Bwiti, a spiritual tradition originating in West Africa that has used iboga as its sacrament for thousands of years. We feel that experiencing this sacred plant medicine in a treatment program that incorporates these spiritual principles creates an environment for maximum healing.
Ibogaine Treatment for Spiriutal Growth and Personal Healing
Ibogaine treatment can produce visions that are often reported to be introspective and reflective. That nature of these visions allows a user a unique perspective to observe and recognize past behaviors without judgment. It is in this way that ibogaine treatment can create clarity and allow for acceptance and personal healing while treating conditions like depression, anxiety and PTSD.
Iboga is used in Gabon, West Africa as a tool for spiritual growth and connectedness. Practitioners of Bwiti, the spiritual practice that uses iboga as its sacrament, teaches that iboga can be used for communication and gaining knowledge from our ancestors. It is traditionally used in large doses as a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood but is used regularly in smaller doses as an aid in spiritual discovery.
What is ibogaine treatment like?
Ibogaine treatment is a long process that involves multiple ceremonies to prepare the for the large dose, often referred to as a flood dose. These ceremonies are based on the traditions of Bwiti and are done over the course of 2-3 days. Their purpose is to ask for permission and safe passage during the participant’s upcoming journey as well as to help the focus the patients intentions for what the want to get out of their ibogaine treatment. During these ceremonies small amounts of ibogaine (called boosters) or iboga root bark may be given to help connect on a spiritual level.
Once the preparatory ceremonies are completed, the participant is ready for their flood dose. The flood dose is a large yet controlled amount of ibogaine dosed based by body weight and sensitivity. This is an all night ceremony focused on creating a safe spiritual environment. Ibogaine affects all people differently. While some people may have many very intense visions while other people may have little to no visions at all.
The first manifestation of an ibogaine flood dose is usually with the person seeing tracers. These can become intense; causing disorientation, dizziness and ataxia. An ibogaine experience can be accompanied by physical discomfort and vomiting. It is not often described as pleasurable, so there is no risk of becoming addicted.
The flood dose ceremony lasts all night and incorporates Bwiti traditions and music. The music is an integral part of the ceremony as it has been designed to aid in the spiritual journey and helps guide a participant through the experience. New Life Iboga uses a mixture of live and recorded music to try and create an authentic spiritual environment to assist in the participant’s journey.
New Life Iboga also employs a Medical Doctor to monitor the patient through out the night. This is done for continued safety and monitoring is done in the least intrusive way, as to respect the ceremony and to keep from distracting the banzi during their experience.
The day following an ibogaine treatment can be very difficult for most people. This day is usually spent recovering from the previous night both physically and emotionally. Most people report feeling lethargic, low-energy and tired although sleep can be difficult. Ibogaine treatment is an individual journey and we give the patient time and support to process their experience in their own way. We are available at all times to talk or listen, however most people tend to spend this day reflecting alone.
The rate at which people recover and return to normalcy after an ibogaine treatment is determined on an individual basis. Some people take much longer to recover from their experience than others. In the days following treatment, New Life Iboga staff is very available to help in any way. It is during this time we take guests to the beach and/or waterfall to help ease any discomfort and promote relaxation and reflection.
We also schedule a session with Brian Murphy, a specialist in psychedelic integration.
Ibogaine Treatment for Addiction and Detox
In 1962, Howard Lotsoft discovered that ibogaine had the unique ability to alleviate opaite withdrawal symptoms. This discovery was significant because there is no other known non-opiate substance that has abilities comparable to ibogaine in this capacity. It can be argued that ibogaine is best known for treating addiction and addressing the symptoms of detox, however, ibogaine is beneficial in many other ways to addicts and non-addicts alike. At New Life Iboga, we do not offer detox services.
Ibogaine Treatment Safety
Patient safety is our top priority at New Life Iboga. We implement a rigorous medical screening process requiring an EKG and certain blood work to be sure all potential patients are able to safely receive ibogaine treatment. In addition to all pre-treatment screening, if approved, we provide an additional EKG the day of treatment. We have a registered nurse on site 24/7 and a doctor present at all ceremonies. Please refer to our Safety page for more information on ibogaine safety.
New Life Iboga provides:
- Blood oxygen monitoring equipment
- Blood pressure monitoring equipment
- An EKG analysis the day of treatment
- A portable defibrillator
- Cardiac monitoring equipment
- Emergency medication
- Medical doctor on-site
Who should not take ibogaine?
- Epilepsy or have seizures.
- Cerebral palsy, MS, migraines, dementia requiring treatment or other cerebral dysfunction.
- Any type of cardiac condition.
- Untreated high blood pressure.
- Kidney stones or kidney disease.
- Serious liver disease
- Lung diseases, such as bronchitis, asthma or emphysema.
- Unmanaged diabetes.
- A history of stroke.
- Any type of vascular disease.
- Any condition that requires ongoing medication which might interfere with the effectiveness or safety of ibogaine (such as antidepressant therapy, for example).
- Any condition that could influence the absorption, metabolism or excretion of ibogaine (A variety of kidney, liver or gastro-intestinal disorders).7