Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid found in the rootbark of the shrub Tabernanthe Iboga, which grows in the West Central African rain forest.
Across the globe the most widely used form of ibogaine is ibogaine hydrochloride (Ibo HCl). It`s basically the alkaloid ibogaine stabilized in the form of salt. Ibogaine Hydrochloride, a pure white almost crystalline form powder is administered in gelatin capsules during ibogaine treatment sessions. In recent years, many ibogaine treatment providers and iboga therapy administrators use ibogaine hydrochloride (ibogaine hcl) or ibogaine-TA which stands for a Total Extract of the alkaloids contained within the rootbark of Tabernathe iboga. Many ibogaine providers pefer to use the TA or root bark due to the cost being much lower than the cost 98% pure Ibogaine Hydrochloride or the very effective PTA (Purified Total Alkaloid). The most expensive ibogaine on the market today is the true-form PTA. PTA stands for Purified Total Alkaloid and is known amongst the prominent providers for its longacting effectiveness.
Characteristics of Purified Total Alkaloid can vary from batch to batch . PTA may consist of an approxiamte 85% to 89% of purified ibogaine alkaloid that works synergistically with 2 other two alaloids derived from the rootbark of Tabernanth iboga known as ibogaline and ibogamine. There are various labs that produce PTA however, while many claim to be producing Purified Total Alkaloid (PTA), the actual reality is that the product that they are calling Purified Total Alkloid or PTA is likely a quality high potency extract that aside from containing a higher content of ibogaine, is still the result of a process that is identically similar to the Total Alkaloid (TA) Extraction proccess. While ibogaine content in TA (Total Alkaloid) is typically around 20-40%, these percentages often vary frequently from batch to batch. Many of the other iboga alkaloids have similar properties to ibogaine.
Some of the alkloids bind to may of the same recpertor sites in the brain as ibogaine and noribogaine do. When dosing out Total Alkloid then ibogaine providers generally use 3 to 4 times the amount of medicine when comparing with the typical dosages associated with 98% hcl or True Form PTA.
The trending use of low grade extracts, has brought about newer versions of crude underproccessed ibogaine products to the market.
As in any growing medicinal movement that is centralized around psychoactive substance, low grade extracts will eventually fall by the wayside as the crude proccessed product is viewed by the majority of ibogaine facilitators as unsuitable for use in opioid addiciton interruption. Ibogaine treatment will continue to grow and change as times goes on. Raw Iboga's use s "raw iboga" meaning raw iboga rootbark has strangely rose in popularity in more recent years. The use of raw iboga is not necessarily probleamtic however it is undeniably unsuitable as an addiction interrupter for the heavy laden opioid user.
In opiate addiction interruption a highly purified extract has proven to be the ideal solution all the way across the baord in opiate addcition interruption. Ibogaine clinics around the world share a similar preference for highly purified extracts of ibogaine hydrochloride as the stronger ibogaine extracts are a necessary requirement to assure true saturation of mu- and kappa-opioid receptors in an addict’s brain.
Over the last ten years or so, raw iboga root bark was quick to rise in commercial popularity. almost as a novelty product in the international trader's industry. This resulted out of massive ampunts of premature harvesting. Sadly Tabernanthe iboga trees, were taken out of the ground, too young to produce an active amount of ibogaine alkaloid that is produced within the inner layers of root bark once a a trees matures beyond 4 years of age. Due to prematurely harvested iboga root bark, opiate addicts undergoing iboga treatment commonly get very stomach-sick while a percentage of opiae withdrawals remain.
The effects starts about 40-60 minutes after ingestion. The peak lasts 2 hours during which the person is mostly in a dream-like state but otherwise fully conscious of who he is , where he is, what is he doing and why. Ibogaine induces dizzines and bad movement coordination. In the first 8-10 hours one has to be helped to reach the toilette and back to the bed (in case of full dose). To get rid fully of this "hangover" takes about 40-48 hours. The whole experience is quite exhausting and not pleasant (with few exceptions which enjoyed it). Who has tried it understands why it cannot be addictive in any way. It`s hard work, not a recreational substance at all.
Although ibogaine itself has been gaining in popularity, ibogaine therapy and treatment centers are relatively new concepts that are still quite unkown for many areas out west. One of the pioneering forces for ibogaine awareness is the "I Begin Again" organization. Originating in North America, the organization created a hybrid model for ibogaine treament by fusing medical aspects of opiate detox therapy with the combined esthetics of holistic medicine's resorts spas. Nowadays hybrid treatment models have been replicated multiple times with ibogaine centers having opened all over the world.
The legal status differs from country to country. To my knowledge is ibogaine scheluled as an illegal substance in USA,Sweden,Denmark,France,Belgium and Switzerland but it could be scheduled also in other countries.
IMPORTANT : Even in countries where the ibogaine is not illegal is not possible to have it administered by a physician or in general in a clinic or hospital for the simple reason that they can use only registered medications, which ibogaine is not. The ibogaine treatment provider puts himself at risk each treatment he does, as from a legal point of view he would be held responsible if anything would happen during the treatment -he administered the substance. No disclaimer can really protect him.
(Perhaps this is one of the reasons why there are so little ibogaine treatment providers all around the world.)