Ibogaine: Rite of Passage

Feb 19, 2024 | Drugs, Videos

Ibogaine is a remarkable substance with the potential to revolutionize addiction treatment. Derived from the root of an African plant found in Gabon, it has been used for centuries in the traditional Bwiti culture as part of their initiation practices. However, it was only in the 1960s when its anti-addictive properties were discovered by Howard Lotsof that this drug began to gain attention from medical professionals.

Over the past few decades, Ibogaine has become increasingly controversial due to its unregulated status and uncertainty about its efficacy and safety. Despite some impressive results reported by those who have received treatment, pharmaceutical companies and governments are skeptical about legalizing its use as an anti-addiction medication due to concerns about potential side-effects. Yet, Ibogaine offers us a unique insight into the mechanisms underlying addiction, making it increasingly difficult for authorities to ignore as a viable option for treating this ever-growing problem across Western nations.

So what is Ibogaine really like? To answer this question we can look no further than our protagonists: Cy (34) and Moussavou (22). Having battled an 11 year heroin and amphetamine habit, Cy is desperate to regain his sobriety for the sake of his three children and dreams of a better future. Meanwhile, Moussavou lives in rural Mitoné village in Gabon where she uses Ibogaine as part of her traditional African healing process following a lengthy period of illness.

This 50 minute documentary will explore both sides of Ibogaine’s story through intimate interviews with former addicts, treatment providers and experts alike. It promises to be an inspiring insight into how this substance can be used both as a tool for transformation as well as medical intervention – not just during Cy’s battle with addiction but also Moussavou’s journey towards personal growth and self-discovery too. So why not take some time out of your day today to learn more about this amazing drug? You don’t want to miss out on such a riveting story!

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