[Ibogaine] Ibogaine Synthesis (and a question)

simon loxton simonloxton at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Sep 27 10:03:07 EDT 2007

Funny enough I was discussing the unlikelihood of people using ibogaine for kicks and according to the guys I recently spent some time with, there are people in Gabon who do just that, in fact his brother was the example that he used. He said allot of people take it with honey to avoid the bitterness but it seems that it also has the potential to be abused or misused. Obviously nobody takes the kind of dosage that is used during initiation or addiction interruption (if you want to be politically correct about the terminology) but it is still being used for kicks.

----- Original Message ----
From: Douglas Fraser <doug_fraser at microcinema.com>
To: The Ibogaine List <ibogaine at mindvox.com>
Sent: Thursday, 27 September, 2007 1:43:00 PM
Subject: Re: [Ibogaine] Ibogaine Synthesis (and a question)

Kevin Walker wrote:
> Hi Doug,
> I am going to reply to the second paragraph you have written:-
> "I'm also wondering what people think about taking ibogaine solely for the
>  purpose of spiritual exploration, if possible. I know and feel ibogaine is
>  probably best used to get people off dope, but I wonder how people feel
>  about taking ibogaine just for the experience."

I did not write that paragraph.   The parent poster did

> One patient that a prominent business man in South Africa has been to us 
> three times. He makes a booking with us once a year, checks himself in and 
> does the Ibogaine treatment, and then stays for a few days thereafter just 
> to gain his normal body strength, and have time to process his experience.

this sounds like the sort of thing I would support.  I was more ... 
ranting...  about the thrill seeking attitude people have towards 
psychedelics - implied by "just for the experience".  You can do that 
with mushrooms and LSD but ibogaine IMO is something far more different 
- it's hardly pleasant to go thru and potentially dangerous (in 
comparison to most other substances).  ergo, a thrill seeker might run 
into something they can't handle - and thus potential bad publicity for 
"ibogaine" if the media seizes on it - as if substances have free will 
and can overpower poor humans....   LSD has been through this process, 
mushrooms went through it in the UK recently, and it is happening with 
Salvia.   Sara told me about some story of a guy who took some other 
substance along with ibogaine because he "wanted to be the first" - he 
ended up in the hospital having messed up his liver (if my medical guess 
was correct).   The ibogaine "community" hardly needs that sort of thing 
happening if it is to be a viable alternative to methadone etc.


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