Ibogaine: A Potential Treatment for Opioid Addiction? Spain May Find Out by 2020

The Pygmy tribes of Central Africa have known for centuries of a special plant with magical properties for medicinal purposes. The Bwiti utilized Ibogaine for spiritual as well as medicinal uses. Europeans discovered the substance via the French colonial expedition by the 1890s. In 1962 it was claimed by a Howard Lotsof that Ibogaine had anti-addictive properties while in France it was used as a stimulant. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) studied the substance in the 1950s. Ibogaine is currently not approved for any medical use.

Medical Use

Although not approved by any health authority to date, clinical trials involving the substance started by the 1990s—they were halted due to cardiotoxicity. Some claim a “vast uncontrolled experiment” occurs ongoing as some alternative medicine clinic uses the substance to treatment for addiction. Presently, clinical trials are underway in Brazil and TrialSite News will summarize these.

The investigational Product

Ibogaine is an alkaloid present in the bush Tabernanthe iboga (iboga), a plant from Central Africa traditionally used in countries such as Gabon and Cameroon. Animal studies and case series suggest that one or a few doses ...

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