[ibogaine] Newbie Questions

Joshua Tinnin krinklyfig at myrealbox.com
Sat Jul 13 01:07:19 EDT 2002


Whoa! Sorry about the crazy word-wrapping - was sending a long link in a
previous email ... I'll fix it below.

- jt

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua Tinnin" <krinklyfig at myrealbox.com>

OK, since you all know I'm new here, and that I'm 32, let's move on a bit. I
have a few questions.

First, I have been interested in Ibogaine ever since reading about it in
High Times way back in ... oh, I guess the late 80s or so, I think 1989. It
amazes me that it is not used more widely for theraputic reasons, and that
it is illegal, especially considering what an extremely low potential for
recreational use it has - probably zero.

Anyway, has nearly everyone here tried Ibogaine? Of those who have, has it
been to treat addiction, or has anyone here taken it for other therapeutic
reasons? I am guessing that there is somewhere in Miami which helps in this
regard, but I seem to have stumbled into the middle of a lot of ongoing
conversations. The research I've done indicates that Ibogaine treatments are
done outside of this country, and they seem to carry a very high price tag,
which can hinder some people's attempts to use it for treatment. The reason
I ask this second question - the one about using Ibogaine for other
therapeutic reasons than addiction - is that its history in tribal cultures
doesn't have anything to do with treating addiction, but rather as a
shamanic tool. I realize what a powerful tool this is, having read others'
experiences with it. In any case, how successful has it been in people's
personal experiences with it here, whether for addiction or otherwise? I've
heard some remarkable success stories elsewhere, and also some utter
disappointments from some people, and partly with those people because of
the huge monetary investment. Of course, not every treatment will work the
same for everyone, nor will the same treatment be successful for everyone. I
do understand how individualized problems, addiction and otherwise, are.

Thanks for indulging me. I'm just trying to learn. Am so happy this list
exists, and I sincerely hope that those who are suffering with addiction and
recovery on this list can receive the help they need, and all the
encouragement needed as well, and that you can find the strength to follow
through.

- jt






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