Ibogaine is a psychedelic most commonly produced as a natural extract from the iboga bush, which is native to West-Central Africa. Unlike most psychedelics, ibogaine is rarely used recreationally. Instead, ibogaine has achieved prominence in the Western world for its promise as an “addiction interrupter”. It is used most often for addiction to opiates and alcohol, but it also works for crack cocaine, methamphetamines, and other drugs.


A typical “flood dose” of ibogaine for addiction interruption is 12mg/kg of body weight. When such a dose is taken, the ibogaine experience will last between 36-48 hours and will consist of 3 main phases: onset and “acute” effects, the introspective stage with dreamlike effects, and the residual phase including after effects.


Like most psychedelics, ibogaine is not fully legal in most countries. However, compared to other psychedelics, ibogaine has wider recognition of potential therapeutic benefits, and so is legal or quasilegal in many countries.

In particular, iboga and ibogaine are not only legal in West Africa, but tightly integrated into local culture and highly celebrated. In most Western countries, ibogaine is illegal; one exception is the Netherlands. Other prominent countries where ibogaine has some level of legality include Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemela, New Zealand, and Australia