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Ibogaine’s Effects

Ibogaine, an active compound extracted from the root bark of the Tabernanthe Iboga shrub native to equatorial West Africa, has been gathering recognition across the globe for its profound effects and potential therapeutic uses.


As a powerful psychoactive substance, ibogaine provides a unique set of experiences often dubbed transformative by those who have undergone treatment. Below, we will explore the ibogaine experience in terms of psychological, visual and auditory effects, and its potential for addiction recovery as well as mental health.

Unveiling the Ibogaine Experience

Ibogaine therapy outcomes vary significantly from one person to another, with factors like dosage, the individual’s overall health, and the presence of other substances influencing the experience. The ibogaine dosage is typically calculated based on body weight, with larger doses often leading to more intense effects.


Upon ingestion, ibogaine induces a visionary state, often described as dreamlike. Users report revisiting past experiences, gaining insights into personal issues, and experiencing spiritual awakenings.


This ‘inner journey‘ can last up to 24 hours, with effects tapering off over the following 24 to 48 hours. Following this phase, users often report feeling a reduction in their cravings (where the issue treated is addiction) and a renewed perspective on life.


It’s essential to understand that the ibogaine experience is not a quick fix, but rather a starting point. Individuals must continue to work on their recovery after the treatment, as the substance is a catalyst for change rather than the change itself.

Unveiling the Ibogaine Experience: A Journey Through the Mind

The ibogaine experience is truly a journey like no other. Ibogaine’s effects aren’t merely physical; they are deeply psychological and can be spiritual, intertwining with our memories, emotions, and consciousness in ways that can seem both unnerving and enlightening.

Ibogaine’s Sonic Frequency

The initial stage of the ibogaine experience often involves a buzzing sound. Users may feel a vibration or humming sensation. Bwiti practitioners, among the people of Gabon and Cameroon in West Africa, claim that this droning sound is the vibrational frequency of a separate plane of existence. Typically, it occurs at the beginning of the experience, or whenever the journey ramps up its intensity.


As the journey continues, users often report experiencing “Ego Death,” a term used to describe a complete loss of subjective self-identity.

The individual’s sense of ‘I’ or ‘me’ dissolves, creating a space for new perspectives and insights. This ego dissolution, while intense, can provide an unparalleled opportunity for self-exploration and self-understanding. With the floodgates to our subconscious flung open by ibogaine, we become exposed to the sum total of our mind.

The reason for this, science has discovered, is that ibogaine reduces activity in the brain’s default mode network, which normally acts like a reduction valve to filter out information that is unnecessary for daily survival.

Repressed Memories

One of the most potent effects of ibogaine is its impact on memory recollection. Users often report vivid recollections of past experiences in the form of dream-like visions, some long forgotten or suppressed. These aren’t just passive replays; they’re immersive and emotionally charged, often offering new insights into past events and their impact on the individual’s life.

By allowing the conscious mind access to the subconscious, individuals can identify, explore and confront their emotional traumas at the source. Unlike what happens in conventional talk-therapy, one is immersed in what is best described as a real-time role-playing experience of past events.

The re-experiencing of traumas from a safe, objective perspective is what is thought to be the foundation for some of the key life-changes that individuals undergoing ibogaine therapy are able to make after treatment, thereby editing and rewriting the stories they have learned through experience to tell themselves about themselves.

Connection with the Source

The culmination of the ibogaine journey is often referred to as connecting with “the source of creation.” This is a state of profound connection and unity with everything around us, a sensation of being at one with the universe, and is a moment of deep spiritual awakening that, for many, provides a renewed sense of purpose and perspective on life.

Deep Thinking In the final phase of an ibogaine experience, the visions subside, and one is encouraged to stay in bed, or in silence for anywhere between eight to twenty hours. This is where one processes and integrates the insights gained from the journey and visions.

Safety Considerations and Aftercare

It’s essential to note, however, that these experiences are highly subjective and can vary widely between individuals, and what is seen or felt by one person may not be so for another.

Ibogaine is a powerful tool that can facilitate deep introspection and transformative experiences, but it’s not without its risks and should only be taken under the medical supervision of experienced practitioners in a safe, supportive environment such as we have here at Ibogaine Treatment UK (Iboga Root Sanctuary).

Additionally, it is not, nor can it be, the solution to all of one’s problems: it is, instead, more like a compassionate wise guide that points you in the direction you need to go to rewrite your personal narrative. The integration of subsequent holistic practices and counseling as one steps back into life is essential for any successful recovery from addiction or mental health issues.