Iboga is a shrub. It is used for ritual and ceremonial purposes in some African cultures. The root bark of the plant is also used as medicine. Ibogaine is a chemical in iboga which is illegal in the United States.
People take iboga for fever, influenza (the flu), swine flu, high blood pressure, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and nerve disorders. They also take it for preventing fatigue and drowsiness, for increasing sex drive, for fighting substance abuse and addictions, and as a general tonic.
How does it work?
Iboga contains chemicals that can cause brain stimulation.
USES & EFFECTIVENESS
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for…
- Drug abuse. Early evidence suggests that ibogaine, a chemical in iboga, can help increase abstinence and relieve withdrawal symptoms in people abusing drugs such as heroin, codeine, cocaine and other substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. However the existing research is flawed and unreliable.
- High blood pressure.
- Nerve disorders.
- Preventing fatigue and drowsiness.
- Other conditions.
Ibogaine, a chemical in iboga, is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in smaller doses and under a health care professionals supervision. Due to potentially dangerous side effects it should not be used without advice of a medical practitioner.
Ibogaine POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large doses. Ibogaine might cause an irregular heartbeat, thinking disturbances, heart attack, and death.
Ibogaine can causeother side effects such as low blood pressure, slow heart rate, seizures, paralysis, difficulty breathing, anxiety, hallucinations and death.