About IBOGA (Ibogaine)
Iboga is a shrub. It is used for ritual and ceremonial purposes in some African cultures. The root bark of the plant is also used as medicine. Ibogaine is a chemical in iboga which is illegal in the United States.
People take iboga for fever, influenza (the flu), high blood pressure, opioid withdrawal, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using iboga can also be unsafe.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Withdrawal from heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs. Early reports suggests that ibogaine, a chemical in iboga, can help relieve withdrawal symptoms in people abusing drugs such as heroin, codeine, cocaine, and other substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. But the existing research is unreliable.
- High blood pressure.
- Nerve disorders.
- Preventing fatigue and drowsiness.
- Other conditions.
When taken by mouth: Ibogaine, a chemical in iboga, is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in small doses under the supervision of a health care professional. Due to potentially dangerous side effects, it should not be used without medical supervision. Ibogaine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large doses and without medical supervision. Ibogaine might cause an irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, seizures, paralysis, difficulty breathing, anxiety, hallucinations, heart attack, and death.
There isn’t enough reliable information to know if the iboga shrub is safe or what the side effects might be.