What is the Difference Between Ibogaine and Iboga?

Used for thousands of years by the Bwiti tribe of West Africa, iboga is central in their beliefs and is an integral part of their religion. Extracted from the root of the Tabernanthe iboga shrub, iboga is traditionally used in rites of passage ceremonies and also as a powerful healer. This substance is considered sacred and used for healing in many different situations. Not limited to tribal rituals and religious ceremonies, iboga has long made its way out of Africa and is becoming well known in another aspect of healing. Unprecedented for healing addiction at both a physical and psychological level, ibogaine is the principle active compound found within iboga. Here we have two substances from the same plant. Iboga is predominantly used amongst the some 3 million Bwiti tribesmen and women throughout the Cameroon, Gabon, and Zaire. Ibogaine on the other hand is used primarily in the West as a treatment for addiction. What exactly is the difference between ibogaine and iboga, though? If it’s from the same plant isn’t it doing the same thing under a different name? Not exactly. Iboga Iboga is truly one of the central aspects of the Bwiti. Traditionally it has been used for centuries and is the mainstay of their spiritual and religious practice. Iboga is used in several different ceremonies and is used by virtually all members of their society. When talking about Iboga we are referring to the literal root bark of the Iboga plant, usually in powdered form. This is what the Bwiti ingest during their rituals. For rites of passage ceremonies huge doses of iboga are taken. It...
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