Alexandra Bruce
February 5, 2014

This fascinating documentary looks at the use of ibogaine, and its ability to end all forms of addiction, after a single treatment.

Ibogaine is a naturally-occurring psychoactive substance found in plants in the Apocynaceae family such as Tabernanthe iboga, Voacanga africana and Tabernaemontana undulata. A psychedelic with dissociative properties, the substance is banned in some countries; in other countries it is used to treat addiction to methadone, heroin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, and other drugs.

It was first commonly advertised as having anti-addictive properties in 1962 by Howard Lotsof, although the CIA had previously studied the effects of ibogaine in the 1950s.

The synthesis process, patented in 1956 is too expensive and challenging to be used to produce a commercially significant yield and ibogaine’s prohibition in several countries has slowed scientific research into its anti-addictive properties, yet the use of ibogaine for drug treatment has grown in the form of a large worldwide medical subculture.

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