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  • Writer's pictureMartin Polanco

Legal Status of Ibogaine Around the World

Originally posted March 16, 2018

More and more people are taking Ibogaine as they discover its amazing benefits. Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance that is said to alleviate the physical symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Ibogaine is made from a root bark and the medicine has been used for thousands of years as a rite of passage in parts of Africa. In America, it’s been used in a secretive and illicit way since the 1960s for spiritual development and addiction treatment. Ibogaine is a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance under State and federal law. Due to legal restrictions of Ibogaine in the US, there hasn’t been the opportunity for much clinical research.

Since ibogaine is illegal in the United States, American patients travel to foreign countries for treatment. Ibogaine is legal but unregulated in Canada and Mexico. New Zealand, South Africa, and Brazil authorize the use of ibogaine by licensed medical practitioners and it is an approved medicine. Wendell Beitzel, a Maryland Republican Member of House of Delegates submitted a proposal to re-introduce a bill in the next General Assembly session to study ibogaine. Wendell’s wife, provided extensive research for the legislative approval. This bill would provide ibogaine treatment at participating health care facilities targeting opioid addicts who have not responded to conventional treatments, such as suboxone and methadone for opioid dependence. President Trump declared America’s opioid crisis a public health emergency. According to Beitzel, Maryland drug and alcohol deaths are at an all-time high. Of all intoxication deaths 86% were opioid-related last year. Beitzel and his wife know from personal experience with their son, an opiate addict, that ibogaine healed him of his addition. We have to pass this bill so that we can research ways to institutionalize ibogaine treatment in a way that is accessible and effective for all people.

For the thousands of people in this country who are struggling and dying in the grips of opiate addiction. If this bill passes, the first Ibogaine Treatment Pilot Program would be set to begin by January 1, 2019 and be approved for research for up to four years. This bill specifies that during the treatment of ibogaine, the patients will be evaluated on the effectiveness of Ibogaine compared to conventional treatment methods. The General Assembly’s bill demonstrates a recognition that addiction is a disease and that recovery is possible. The need to pass the bill could not be more urgent for the many hundreds of thousands across Maryland and the United States of America who are facing the disease of addiction and for the loved ones of those who have already lost their lives to this disease. This bill comes at a very important time for America’s opioid crisis. The American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates that there’s nearly 2.6 million Americans with an opioid addiction.

Ibogaine remains a Schedule I drug, even as the opioid crisis continues to grow. This is the first time ibogaine has come up as a topic in mainstream media regarding the opioid crisis. I believe it is the wave of decriminalisation/legalisation of marijuana that has created a backdrop to finally introduce scientific research of ibogaine in America. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has had some success introducing clinical trials of Ibogaine in other countries where Ibogaine is legal. A past research study sponsored by MAPS in Mexico and New Zealand, both show that after a single treatment of ibogaine, for reasons unknown, someone could go cold turkey from opiates without any physical or mental symptoms of withdrawal. Just one treatment of ibogaine can reset the brain’s neurochemistry freeing the drug user from a destructive pattern of abuse. Traditional treatment methods like suboxone or methadone need to be taken continuously and can be addictive. This bill may not be easy to pass as traditional opiate treatments today provide big incentives for Big Pharma: Suboxone and Methadone are drugs that require daily use for extended periods of time whereas ibogaine, with its one treatment, threatens the very order of things. Due to the success of ibogaine healing addicts, ibogaine treatment centers have popped up all over the world, except here in the states.

Conventional science says that anecdotes do not count but when you have several hundred cases saying that Ibogaine works to cure opioid addiction, maybe anecdotal evidence should be counted. It is clear that ibogaine is a beautiful and powerful medicine that can really help facilitate transformative growth in anyone trying to overcome addiction to become the best version of themself. Ibogaine has appeared as a ray of light for millions of people suffering with heroin addiction and overdose.

Crossroads Ibogaine is the best Treatment Center offering a 7-day ibogaine detox treatment program that’s considered to be among the best in the world. What makes Crossroads better than other ibogaine detox programs is Crossroads believes in a 3-part Ibogaine program. Part one is our precare preparation to help the patient achieve the greatest results.Part one includes a Skype or phone coaching call and an advanced medical screening where we answer any questions the patient may have prior to heading to the Bahamas for treatment. Part 2 is a safe and highly transformative plant medicine experience with the Ibogaine. During part two the patient goes through a physical evaluation by a physician prior to Ibogaine treatment and is medically supervised during treatment. Also included in part two of the Crossroads treatment are optional massages, beach time and horseback riding trips. Part 3 is an extended aftercare program, helping the patient integrate back into their lives at a licensed facility in the US. Part 3 also includes: skype or phone recovery coaching once the patient returns home, access to our social media support group, personalized integration resources and optional post-ibogaine herbal supplements. Crossroads has helped 1000’s of guests experience Ibogaine and achieve success over addiction for over 5 years now. Check out some of our testimonials below.

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