It is unfortunate that this is the case in the United States, but with the heroin and fentanyl epidemic causing over 100 deaths per day, it should only be a matter of time before its capabilities are reexamined. The conclusions of research on ibogaine consistently confirm that it has anti-addictive properties in mice and humans with opiates and psycho-stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine. Yet, drugs like Suboxone and methadone continue to form the basis for medication in recovery. More research will help to fully exhibit its potential, but thousands of people have attested to this potential already, so it is a matter of public awareness as well.

The illicit status of ibogaine has only perpetuated its position as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance because the inevitable clandestine use is where the majority of deaths have occurred because of its riskiness in an illegal setting. However, these risks can be easily avoided through proper application with a trained staff, so if addiction medication that kills thousands of people per year is legal, then ibogaine should be at least considered an experimental medicine in the United States. Many addicts who tried buprenorphine, methadone, and even naltrexone (Vivitrol) to overcome there addiction and were unsuccessful found that one dose of ibogaine is all they ever needed.

The Food and Drug Administration and pharmacologists have been working on removing the hallucinogenic effects of ibogaine by isolating its metabolites, noribogaine MC-18, or 18-Methoxycoronaridine. However, they do not show the promise that natural ibogaine consistently demonstrates in treating addiction. Noribogaine has been showed to be much more effective when it is converted from ibogaine in the body naturally rather than administered in its isolated, synthetic form, noribogaine HCL.

The isolation of the alkaloids in this amazing plant medicine would also fail to provide the therapeutic effects and visions that ibogaine induces because government entities seem to resist hallucinogens in medicine despite their consistent use throughout human history. Furthermore, these synthetic ibogaine alkaloids would most likely be very expensive.