Kicking Addiction: Brazil Legalises Therapeutic Use Of Iboga

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Kicking Addiction: Brazil Legalises Therapeutic Use Of Iboga

Trials are beginning in Brazil that could see the beginning of the end for serious addiction.

Addiction can be a terrible thing. If left unchecked, it can ruin lives, tear families apart, and even result in death. That is why whenever a potential way to fight it is discovered, the scientific community starts buzzing. The latest news in the fight against addiction comes from Brazil, where ibogaine was approved for medical use.


Compared to other psychoactive substances, ibogaine is one that rarely gets much attention from media and is less commonly used. None the less, it is a substance that remains illegal across most of the globe. Basically, it is a psychoactive alkaloid derived from the rootbark of Tabernanthe iboga – a plant native to Africa. There the bark is chewed to act as a stimulant, and used in larger doses to induce a dreamlike state for spiritual practice and ceremonies.

Initial clinical trials have found that this dreamlike state is able to halt addiction in its tracks, erasing the symptoms of drug withdrawals and reducing cravings for a period of time after just one dose. The dreamlike state higher doses induce can also causes introspective thought, and has been found to help addicts understand their behaviour and actively work to undo it.

Now, the power of ibogaine to instantly break the hold of addiction is beginning to catch the attention of governments across the world.


The first nation to trial the power of ibogaine is Brazil, with the president of the National Association of the Study of Drug Policy (CONED-SP) giving the go-ahead for ibogaine to be used in hospitals. Of course, this is still very much a trial phase for ibogaine, and will be used under strict and controlled medical settings. This will include rigorous clinical and psychological evaluation of patients before and after use. In addition to this, the president of CONED-SP has called for the broader scientific investigation of psychoactive substances, and how they can and can’t be harnessed for our benefit.

The upshot of all of this is that if everything goes well in Brazil, it will see ibogaine rolled out on a much larger scale within the country. As success grows, the scientific community is going to pay more and more attention, and after a while, other governments will as well. Thanks to Brazil, the seed has been planted. Hopefully, ibogaine will flourish, gain acceptance, and help us fight back addiction once and for all.



Written by: Josh
Writer, psychonaut and cannabis aficionado, Josh is Zamnesia’s in-house expert. He spends his days nestled out in the countryside, delving into the hidden depths of all things psychoactive in nature.

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