Iboga (Tabernanthe iboga)

Iboga (Tabernanthe iboga) is a perennial shrub native to West Africa, known for its psychoactive properties. The bark of the plant contains ibogaine, a powerful hallucinogen that is used for spiritual and medicinal purposes.

In traditional African cultures, iboga is used in initiation ceremonies, as well as for healing and divination. It is also used as a stimulant and appetite suppressant.

In recent years, iboga has gained attention for its potential to treat addiction, particularly to opioids. Some studies have shown that ibogaine can reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and may help individuals overcome addiction.

However, iboga is not without risks and should only be used under the guidance of a trained practitioner. It can cause severe physical and psychological effects, and has been associated with fatalities in some cases.

Overall, iboga represents a complex and multifaceted plant with a rich cultural and spiritual history. Its potential medicinal uses must be weighed against its potential risks, and its use should be approached with caution and respect.

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