Iboga – mystical entheogen and traditional plant medicine from Africa
In Western Equatorial Africa, the root bark of the Iboga shrub has long been considered a sacred tool. It serves as medicine and as a catalyst for spiritual initiation. One of the plant’s alkaloids, Ibogaine, has unique medicinal qualities which are attracting increasing interest from Western researchers and therapists. Ibogaine effectively helps drug addicts to overcome their addiction by inducing a near-death-experience that causes a pharmacological reboot of the brain.
Largely unknown to the Western world, the root bark of the shrub Tabernanthe Iboga has been long considered a sacred medicine in Western Equatorial Africa. It serves as a medicine, vehicle of initiation, as a catalyst for spiritual progress and enables communication with spiritual dimensions and ancetral realms – a prototype-tool for Consciousness Hacking. One of the plant’s alkaloids, Ibogaine, has unique medicinal qualities which are attracting increasing interest from Western researchers and therapists. Ibogaine effectively helps drug addicts to overcome their addiction; it has also increasingly moved into the academic focus as a potential remedy for Parkinson’s disease as well as for application in the field of trauma and psychotherapy. The pharmacological induced Near-Death-Experience causes a kind of reboot of the brain and thus supports the dissolution of old thought-patterns. This talk provides an overview of the history of Iboga in Africa and the West as well as the current state of knowledge.
by Tobias Erny
Tobias Erny, coming from a chemical/pharmaceutical background in Basel/Switzerland, has worked with and loved the Tabernanthe Iboga shrub since 2006. After experiencing its enourmous healing qualities himself, he immersed himself deeply into research and work with the sacred wood. Besides helping others to witness and decode the ancient wisdom of Iboga for healing purposes as well as for psycho-spiritual discovery, he writes, talks and organises events evolving around Ibogaine. Besides his activities in Europe, he supports a Gabonese NGO which helps to preserve the Bwiti-Culture and the sustainable farming of Iboga.