IBOGA: The Queen of Mental Health

Iboga is one of the strongest psychoactive plants in the world. It is used in the experimental treatment of addictions but does not show addictive properties. It is also used as a means of supporting psychotherapy, personal development and work with emotional and mental difficulties, including compulsive behaviours, unfavourable emotions, habits and mental patterns, to which we often give our power and give them control over our lives.

The shamanic tribes of West and Central Africa use the shrub root of the iboga directly in powder form. It plays an extremely important role and the rituals in which the iboga is used help them to establish contact with their ancestors, recognize their own path of life, cure some diseases, reach the source and solve the key problems of life, moreover, they are also considered a recipe for solving social problems (according to African beliefs, the problem of an individual person is also always related to the problem of the entire tribe).

Iboga is a powerful Medicine that cannot be used recklessly and by inappropriate people. For those who are ready for both an intense journey and deep self – development, it can be an extremely powerful support that can be compared to one’s rebirth.
This plant is a demanding, or even uncompromising, teacher and also a guide, for anyone who chooses to give up the illusion of their mind, to follow the path of consciousness and grow towards the truth of who we really are.

Where does it come from?

Iboga grows in Gabon, a small country in Central Africa. A one and a half meter tall Tabernanthe iboga shrub blooms yellow or white and pink and bears orange pear – like edible fruits. Few people know that the roots and bark of the plant are used to prepare one of the strongest psychoactive substances in the world.

Meeting with Iboga is for you if:

  • You want to regain your inner strength and sense of driving power
  • You want to improve brain function
  • You want spiritual development
  • You strive for self – discovery
  • You want to experience the fullness
  • You want to improve your concentration
  • You are ready to end the repeated mental loops that have been repeating for years
  • You want to balance the energy, mental and emotional levels
  • You feel you need help, support, tranquillity and/or direction in your life
  • You are dealing with a slight addiction
  • You want to learn how to get inside of yourself
  • You want to deepen your work on your self – love (healing yourself with care and attention).

The Ceremony

A standard session lasts two days, and the process is divided into four phases.

I. PHASE: Session with Ibogaine
Duration: 12 hours
First onset of effect: 1 hour after consumption
Main theme: an intense insight into one’s own mind; visions combined with calm distance to one’s own past; intensive thought processes.

Course: The first twelve hours stay in bed and lay down. Unlike other psychoactive substances, the iboga usually does not overwhelm you with its effect, it does not cause psychotic states and strong anxiety reactions. During the first hours, one usually has an intensive insight into one’s own mind, psychological conditions, influences dating back to early childhood, trauma, happy moments and other significant life events. Ibogaine starts to work after about an hour and its full power is felt after about two or three hours from the intake. Each time the experiences are individual, but most of the participants report that the session with iboga was the strongest life experience they have ever had. The process is accompanied by visions connected with a calm distance to one’s own past, mistakes made and decisions that, for example, led to entering the path of addiction. Some people do not experience a vision but experience intense thought processes and different emotional states – from anxiety, to peace and tranquillity, to ecstasy. This is a key experience that often helps to find the source of addictions and other life difficulties. About ten hours after the intake, the experience loses intensity and one become more aware of one’s own body. After 12 o’clock and within up to 24 hours, the person can walk around and eat a meal.
II. PHASE: Grey day
Duration: individual
First onset of effect: 12 hours after consumption
Main theme: sensitivity, confusion, emotional instability, exhaustion

Course: This phase begins approximately 24 hours after consumption. The mind is tired, exhausted, and it has difficulty concentrating.

“You may feel confused. Be prepared for emotional instability. You may feel like a very sensitive new – born baby. You can cry a lot and experience waves of fear and sadness. Releasing repressed negative emotions can, however, also be a source of joy. This phase allows you to work through the psychological problems that have arisen in phase one”.

It’s time to focus your attention on nature, tasty and light food, walking and breathing in a quiet atmosphere.
III. PHASE: Temporary freedom
Duration: 3 months
First onset of effect: after Phase II
Main Theme: freedom from hunger and toxicity, a large portion of physical energy

Course: This phase lasts about three months and is associated with a sense of inner freedom from hunger for addictive substances (if it was previously present) and freedom from thirst for toxic relationships and destructive habits. After the exhaustion associated with phase two, a large portion of physical energy usually comes. This phase is not accidentally called temporary, because it is the result of the adopted substance – this period is best used to support the healing process. It is a good time for changes in life, starting therapy and taking up new behaviours that will serve the body, emotions and psyche.
IV. PHASE: Return to Earth
Duration: individual
First onset of action: rapidly or gradually
Main theme: hunger may return; requirement for vigilance and implementation of new self – working skills

Course: The last phase can start violently or gradually. The old emotions and habits return, the hunger, which is not felt in the third phase, may appear. If the time of the iboga session has been used to work with oneself, the return to earth phase should run smoothly, because the person has been equipped with new skills of sensitive treatment of his/her body, emotions, but also relations.

How to prepare?

Ibogaine is a powerful herbal substance that can cause deep physical and psychological changes. In addition to a huge help in getting out of addiction and reducing withdrawal symptoms, Ibogaine is a powerful psychoactive agent capable of catalysing a very strong experience that can cause deep changes in everyone’s life.

Centering and grounding will prepare you to take advantage of the maximum potential of medicine to experience transformation and healing. Taking time to ground and calm your mind by writing, walking, meditating, yoga or any other physical exercise (activities that help to provide personal insights, gain more body awareness and reflection) is a great way to prepare for the ceremony. Allowing yourself personal space and time to reflect on your inner self, thoughts and emotions will be very beneficial for your overall experience and subsequent integration.

Pay attention to your expectations. While iboga therapy can be very effective in treating (and removing withdrawal symptoms) and helps you to enter the deeper layers of your consciousness, it is not a “miracle cure” and will not solve your problems for you.
Expecting iboga therapy to solve all your problems can lead to disappointment – think about it rather as a tool that will help you heal yourself and be the first step on your way to well – being.
Spend some time thinking deeply about what is needed in your life to make the most of your healing process. Take time to consider your current state of health and what you may need to do to maximize the healing process. Take the time to discover your physical, emotional and psychological needs. Be gentle with yourself, knowing that full healing takes time.

The transformational nature of the iboga experience will be most effective if you engage in long – term observation of the personal insights you receive. Take the time to think about what you would like to gain or learn and identify the intentions that will help you chart the way forward.


Ibogaine does not cure addiction! Due to its properties, it is referred to as an addiction stopper, because it eliminates abstinence symptoms after discontinuation of opiates! Ibogaine can also help to get rid of opiate, cocaine, methamphetamine and alcohol hunger.

Drug hunger sometimes disappears forever, but more often it returns after a few weeks or months in a much milder form. This means that Iboga alone is usually not enough to quit. Therapy and lifestyle changes are also necessary.