Formula: C20H26N2O

Drug class: Psychedelic; dissociative; tryptamine

Other names: Iboga

Onset of action: 30-180 minutes

Peak: 18-36 hours


Ibogaine is a psychoactive alkaloid naturally occurring in the West African shrub iboga. While ibogaine is a mild stimulant in small doses, in larger doses it induces a profound psychedelic state. Historically, it has been used in healing ceremonies and initiations by members of the Bwiti religion in various parts of West Africa. People with problematic substance use have found that larger doses of ibogaine can significantly reduce withdrawal from opiates and temporarily eliminate substance-related cravings.

  • MAPS has completed two observational studies of the long-term effects of ibogaine treatment on patients undergoing therapy at independent ibogaine treatment centers in Mexico and New Zealand.
  • Although first-hand accounts indicate that ibogaine is unlikely to be popular as a recreational drug, ibogaine remains classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States.
  • Over 30 fatalities temporally associated with the ingestion of ibogaine have been reported in the published peer-reviewed scientific literature.

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