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Ibogaine is the active principle present in the root of an African plant called Iboga, which can be used to detoxify the body and mind, helping in the treatment against drug use, but which produces great hallucinations, and that it is used in spiritual rituals in Africa and Central America.
Iboga is a shrub that can be found in some countries such as Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Angola and Equatorial Guinea. However, its sale is prohibited in Brazil, but Anvisa authorizes its purchase after proof of medical prescription, medical report and term of responsibility signed by the doctor and the patient, in this way the treatment against drugs carried out in private clinics can use ibogaine. as a form of treatment, legally.
What is Ibogaine for
Although it still lacks scientific proof, ibogaine can be indicated for:
- Help reduce the symptoms of addiction to drugs such as crack, cocaine, heroin, morphine and others, and even completely eliminate the urge to use drugs;
- In African countries this plant can also be used in case of fatigue, fever, tiredness, stomach pain, diarrhea, liver problems, sexual impotence and against AIDS.
However, many of the applications of this plant are not yet scientifically proven, and need further studies to prove its efficacy and safety dose.
Effects of Ibogaine on the Body
Like mushrooms and ayahuasca, ibogaine belongs to the hallucinogen family. According to reports, when eating the Iboga plant or drinking its tea, following its instructions for use, there can be a purification of the body and mind, in addition to a hallucinogenic change, and the person may feel that they are leaving their body.
Its consumption causes visions and is believed to be possible to meet with spirits, but it can also trigger serious psychiatric conditions, induce coma, and can cause death.
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Because Ibogaine is banned in Brazil
Ibogaine and the plant itself called Iboga cannot be sold in Brazil and in several other countries because there is no scientific proof of its efficacy and safety in humans. In addition, the plant is toxic, has a great hallucinogenic effect and can lead to psychiatric diseases because it acts directly on the central nervous system, more specifically on the regions that control the balance, memory and consciousness of the body itself, and its consequences and adverse effects. are not yet fully known.
There are studies that indicate that a 4-day treatment with Iboga tea was enough to eliminate chemical dependence, however it is already proven that high doses can cause unpleasant side effects such as fever, rapid heartbeat and death.Thus, more studies are needed that can show the benefit, the form of action and the safe dose so that Iboga can be used for medicinal purposes, including to be used in the treatment of chemical dependence due to the use of illicit drugs. Find out how treatment is done to get rid of drugs.