The Safety of Ibogaine Treatment

Although ibogaine has garnered negative attention over the years, The amount of deaths attributed to its use is not that high when compared to one year of methadone-related deaths or even a day's worth of heroin overdoses. It is roughly estimated that there is 1 death associated with every 300 people who use ibogaine illegally or without professionals being present. In a clandestine setting, a number of problems can arise. These might include a failure to screen for other drugs present in the recipient's system. Also the substance being administered may not have been tested as actually being ibogaine or pure as it may have been obtained illegally. The main issue contributing to fatal consequences appears in the lack of obtaining medical clearance to make sure that ibogaine is not going to exasperate any preexisting medical conditions.

As most chronic alcohol and drug users have likely deteriorated various aspects of their health, it is absolutely imperative to undergo a few different medical examinations. These include, an EKG test because ibogaine has been known to cause cardiac arrhythmias which can result in death due to heart failure. Equally important is the necessity of having blood work done to analyze the health of the liver because ibogaine is mostly metabolized by the liver and is converted into noribogaine which stays in the recipient's system for an extended amount of time.

An analysis of one's full medical history is also required to ensure optimal safety and to prevent any other potential risks. A safe provider will not administer ibogaine until all of the potential medical risks have been fully assessed and will make sure that a medical staff is always available 24 hours a day. These guidelines are based on observations drawn by the Food and Drug Administration and National Institute of Drug Abuse since many people value their lives over the unjust laws surrounding it. As long as these requirements are fulfilled, then the patient should experience great results with ibogaine treatment.

When compared to the drugs currently prescribed in the treatment of addiction, there is no comparison as to which treatment is the most effective. Ibogaine can alleviate one's addiction, cravings, and post acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) permanently. Methadone and Suboxone on the other hand will prolong the mental and physical dependence to opiates often resulting in relapse if they are unable to keep the drugs supplied or the high sustained. The mental cravings and physical withdrawals are even often said to be worse than those of natural opioids like heroin or oxycodone.

In 2007 there were just under 6,000 deaths associated with legal methadone use alone. In deaths associated with Suboxone, a fatal interaction between alcohol and/or benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc.) with buprenorphine often leads to fatal consequences and is usually the cause of death. Substances are often mixed Suboxone because it does not always fully prevent all of the withdrawal symptoms. These drugs have an extremely high potential for abuse and are arguably more addictive than the opiates that the person first began to use prior to their addiction. Ibogaine is not an addictive substance, nor is it a practical recreational drug.

There is a reason why this transformative plant medicine is believed to be a sacrament by millions of people all over the world. Since iboga has the capacity to heal mentally and physically, it usually leads to profound life-changing effects that are unmatched by any other medicine in the treatment of chemical dependencies and substance abuse disorders.