[Ibogaine] in praise of the ibogaine forums
ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Thu Oct 12 13:33:03 EDT 2006
>From the very positive article by John Harrison (maps • volume xvi number
2 • Autumn 2006) about this year's ibogaine conference in NYC comes the
>The opening day session culminated in an extraordinary and spirited
>political panel which included Dmitri Mugianis (ibogaine treatment provider
>and former patient), Lotsof, Douglas Greene and the peripatetic Dana Beal
>(Cures Not Wars). Saturday evenings reception featured the powerful
>documentary Ibogaine: Rite of Passage, by film-maker Ben de Loenen.<
I coulda sworn I was sitting there spiritedly contributing to that final
panel discussion too, but it may have been all that pot I'd just rolled up
into the joint I think I was using as my baton to emphasis my point, and was
actually really wanting to smoke instead, clouding my mind and leaving me
THINKING I was really on that panel.
Could someone please confirm for me whether I was really on that panel or
not? Or was I having my first and only real, genuine post-tripping,
hallucinogenic flashback? Otherwise I'm gonna be one confused individual for
at least the rest of today. Thanks kindly.
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The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe
the dream out of existence.
The dream is a spontaneous happening and
therefore dangerous to a control system set up by
William S. Burroughs
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Subject: [Ibogaine] in praise of the ibogaine forums
For those of you who may not have linked to the Multidisciplinary
Association on Psychedelic Studies article on the NYC 2006 Ibogaine Forum, I
have copied the text, though you will have to select the link below to view
photographs. The NY Forums allowed for the first presentation of ibogaine
safety data by Dr. Jeffrey Kamlet and a review of dose regimens of different
providers by Howard Lotsof.
The New York Forums have been exceptionally well done. My understanding is
that the 2007 forum may be held in another city and I hope we can find a
venue as exciting as Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. All of the
participants are thankful to the work of Dana Beal in organizing these
In a message dated 9/29/06 3:03:44 AM, freedomroot at gmail.com writes:
2006 NYC Ibogaine Conference
John Harrison, Psy.D. (candidate)
The skies were a slippery gray and the air was wintry cold on the February
weekend of the 2006 NYC Ibogaine Conference. The chilly weather, though, did
not in any way inhibit the fervent and passionate panel discussions and
genuine warm vibes that permeated the gathering.
I am currently preparing a program evaluation protocol for ibogaine
treatment clinics in Canada (Iboga Therapy House) and Mexico (Villa Serena)
for my dissertation at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS).
As a witness to the healing potential of ibogaine, I have sought to work
with providers to help them better analyze the variables that affect the
long-term outcome of ibogaine treatment.
Thus, I was delighted to be immersed in the diverse and colorful assembly of
journalists, researchers, street providers, neurologists, psychologists,
physicians, activists, artists and successful veterans of ibogaine treatment
that joined me at the conference. The positive energy was palpable and as
the conference unfolded, the various presenters articulated the breadth of
interest in this little root from the Tabernathe iboga plant from West
Africa. MAPS members and Bulletin readers are most likely familiar with the
potential of ibogaine to reduce drug craving and its concomitant symptoms,
and the political and financial obstacles hindering its accessibility.
Jeffrey Kamlet, M.D., (ibogaine treatment provider) and Patrick Kroupa
(ibogaine activist and founder of Mindvox) opened the proceedings with a
crash course in Ibogaine 101. Dr. Kamlet, who is currently President of the
Florida Society for Addiction Medicine, impressed mightily with his
unimpeachable medical expertise. Jeff spoke in depth about safety,
particularly emphasizing medical prescreening prior to ibogaine
administration. Patrick Kroupa captivated the crowd with his unfaltering
integrity and honest self-disclosure regarding his own tortuous process
through addiction. Declaring “ibogaine is a gift,” Kroupa also reiterated
that “ibogaine is more than detox; it’s a catalyst, not a cure.” Patrick’s
street credibility and his insight into the human toll of addiction was a
poignant and profound balance to Dr. Kamlet’s clinical knowledge. Truly a
formidable tandem of truth from two who have been in “the belly of the
Medical journalist Brian Vastag discussed the circuitous route of ibogaine’s
“forty years of flirtation with legitimacy” as a viable treatment protocol
for heroin addiction.
John Harrison and Howard Lotsof, who first discovered ibogaine as a viable
treatment for heroin addiction in 1962, at the NYC Ibogaine Conference (see
Beal opined, "supporting and legitimizing clinics in Canada and Mexico will
have the effect of embarrassing the United States by saying 'why everywhere
else but not here?'" (sidebar)
Kenneth Alper, M.D., (NYU Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology)
presented a sweeping discourse on ibogaine’s mechanisms of action on the
human brain. Dr. Alper presented a sampling of his scientific research while
making the case for clinical trials in the U.S. Ken managed to convey
challenging, complex, and important data in straightforward language that
both the novices and the experts in the audience could comprehend.
Introduced as special visitors to the conference were physicians and
treatment providers Drs. Alberto Sola and Adolfo Martinez from Villa Serena,
an ibogaine treatment center in Cancun, Mexico. As activist Dana Beal
opined, “supporting and legitimizing clinics in Canada and Mexico will have
the effect of embarrassing the United States by saying ‘why everywhere else
but not here?’”
Howard Lotsof, the sagacious and insightful ‘Grandfather of ibogaine’ gave a
comprehensive slide presentation on the history, politics, policy, profit,
prejudice, and science of ibogaine. Lotsof, who first discovered ibogaine as
a viable treatment for heroin addiction in 1962, reflected the tone of the
gathering by emphasizing inclusiveness, and by celebrating the common goal
of making this valuable medicine available to the people who would most
benefit from safe and unencumbered access.
The opening day session culminated in an extraordinary and spirited
political panel which included Dmitri Mugianis (ibogaine treatment provider
and former patient), Lotsof, Douglas Greene and the peripatetic Dana Beal
(Cures Not Wars). Saturday evenings reception featured the powerful
documentary Ibogaine: Rite of Passage, by film-maker Ben de Loenen.
Then, on Sunday the conference shifted to the wonderful and inspiring
environment of Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (COSM) on W. 27th
Street. Grey’s vivid colors and breathtaking images provided appropriate and
stimulating surroundings for topics and presentations that included
“Ibogaine as a Source of Revelation” (an exploration of the spiritual
dimension of ibogaine), and “Ibogaine for Self-Development,” featuring
authors Lee Albert and Daniel Pinchbeck. Others included, “Ibogaine and the
Ritual of the Bwiti,” “Iboga Visions,” (including a discussion of the
oneirophrenic or dreamlike phase of an iboga session), and a fantastic
“Unexplanation of Ibogaine and Sacred Art,” featuring the stunning and
visionary work of artists Geerte Frenken, David Hunter, and of course the
inimitable Alex Grey.
Though the opinions shared and discussed in NYC were hardly monolithic, the
enthusiastic debate around the interface of health and politics and the
occasionally sharp ontological deliberations seemed to foment what was
already an unmistakable esprit de corps and camaraderie amongst the highly
As for myself, the weekend left me feeling honored and inspired to meet so
many learned, sensitive, and committed people who, though the work they do
is often solitary, found hope and encouragement in this encounter with so
many likeminded and like-hearted individuals.
As Lee Albert said so eloquently as the conference came to a close, “we grow
in the spirit or die in the body.”
Conference photos available from
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