What is Ibogaine?


Ibogaine occurs naturally in plants of the Apocynaceae family, most notoriously in Tabernanthe Iboga and also in Voacanga Africana and Tabernaemontana undulata.   It is a psychoactive, addiction interrupting alkaloid which is derived by a simple extraction process or semi-synthesis.  All Ibogaine we use at our place is derived from Voacanga Africana due to the fact that poaching and over harvesting puts Tabernanthe Iboga closer to endangerment everyday in its natural habitat of Gabon and Cameroon.      

Tabernanthe Iboga has been used for centuries as a highly regarded, sacred plant medicine in Gabon and Cameroon.  It is at the center of a spiritual way of life called Bwiti which also incorporates many other plant medicines, animism, ancestor worship, music therapy, and sometimes Christianity.  In Bwiti, Iboga’s wide range of use includes coming of age rites of passage, spiritual guidance and enlightenment, general healing, as a stimulant and aphrodisiac, and to maintain social harmony within the village. 

In the western world, Ibogaine treatment for drug detox and addiction interruption has only recently started gaining the momentum it deserves.   Within the past twenty years, thousands of people suffering from out of control substance use have experienced remarkable results using Ibogaine.  However, clinical research and data has been hindered for various reasons, among them the famed concern over side effects and ibogaine associated deaths.  Although safety is our first priority in our protocol, we also believe Ibogaine deaths have been used as intentional propaganda in conservative, anti-ibogaine circles that exist in the field of traditional addiction treatment and research.    

Is Ibogaine Safe?

For those seeking Ibogaine treatment, death is one of the main fears.  Ibogaine has received a lot of bad press due to this, but the truth is that death or medical emergencies are easily avoided by simple medical screening protocols.  An important thing to remember is that almost all Ibogaine deaths occurred at a point in time where almost nothing was known about Ibogaine treatment, its side effects, its contraindications with other drugs, or the risks involved with preexisting heart conditions.  Although fatalities in the early days of treatment had mostly to do with drug interactions, some of them were also determined to be caused by preexisting heart conditions.  In our 10+ years of experience providing Ibogaine to almost 1000 people, our safety record is perfect (meaning zero deaths have occurred in our care).  This is due to our strict (but simple) medical prescreening requirements.  Please call us for more information or if you have any questions about Ibogaine safety or our prescreening requirements.

Ibogaine for Addiction Interruption and Personal Development

With opiate dependency, Ibogaine provides a generally pain free/withdrawal free detox because of its action on certain receptor sites in the brain.  Other substance abuse problems such as alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine have also seen extraordinary success.  Most people experience no desire to use for a significant time after their Ibogaine treatment in addition to a general feeling of rejuvenation and peace.  

In addition to interrupting substance dependency, Ibogaine is also known for inducing a deep meditative state.  Visions, a feeling of deep physical therapy, dream-like states, strong connections and/or communication with the earth or a higher intelligence, are commonplace.  This often provides us with practical personal insights that can reconnect us to ourselves and to our world in such a jarring fashion that many report a significant, long lasting shift.  

Iboga vs. Ibogaine

In the western world the following forms of Iboga and Ibogaine are used in clinics and treatment centers:   

  • Iboga (the scrapings of the second layer of the iboga root bark) is comprised of 12 or more alkaloids. The three that are most important and plentiful are ibogamine, ibogaline and ibogaine.  Iboga root bark is rarely found in western treatment centers.  Here at Oka we have a steady supply from our friends in Gabon.
  • TA:  The most rudimentary form of ‘ibogaine’ is called TA, or “total alkaloid” extract. TA comes from different sources with wildly different compositions and concentrations of ibogaine.  This is really just a condensed version of root bark that is usually given in capsule form. 15-35% ibogaine.
  • PTA:  Pure Total Alkaloid extract.  This is the HCL precursor to TA. As the name indicates, PTA is the result of one more refinement after TA and is comprised primarily of ibogaine, ibogamine and ibogaline. Usually 40-85% ibogaine.
  • Ibogaine HCL is commonly used in Ibogaine treatment and Ibogaine detox procedures.  This hydrochloride method of extraction isolates only ibogaine molecules which is usually 85-99% ibogaine.  Voacanga Africana also yields Ibogaine HCL through a semi-synthesis.

Our protocol for any and all detoxes uses 99% pure Ibogaine HCL to insure the safest and most effective treatment.      

Ibogaine Treatment: Fast, Effective, No Withdrawal Detox

Ibogaine treatment is an accelerated detox process. You will go from being fully dependent on opiates on day one to being free of opiates by day three with little to no withdrawal and usually without desire to use.  The whole process takes only days.  However, you must be aware of the effort it will take to continue on your path after your treatment.  It must be understood – Ibogaine treatment/detox is the easiest part of your recovery.  It is an important first step in a new direction.  For an individual to continue on a path totally free of substance abuse all on their own is extremely rare.  We cannot stress enough how important it is to follow up your treatment with beneficial therapies and attitudes.  Please click here to find out about our recommendations and connections.

Choose An Experienced Provider With An Excellent Safety Record

Ibogaine treatment is a specialized event best coordinated and performed by experienced providers backed by medical professionals. The staff at Oka Center have carefully developed protocols over a combined ten years of experience .  Our main concern is safety, followed by effectiveness and comfort. Medical prescreening is part of everyone’s process which requires the submission of an EKG (or ECG) and blood work (a CMP and a liver panel) prior to treatment. Our nursing staff, present for every treatment, have specialized Ibogaine training and are prepared for every contingency. Our prescribing doctor will review your tests in order to insure that you are a safe candidate for Ibogaine.