Ibogaine and Addiction – Article from “The Valley Reporter”

“In late April, the Vermont House Committee on Human Services heard testimony from individuals regarding a unique type of treatment for a highly pervasive problem that plagues the state – opiate addiction.

“The treatment that was under review is called ibogaine, a psychoactive chemical derived from the root of an African plant known to the West as iboga. In past research, it has been found to drastically reduce withdrawal symptoms, which one patient struggling with opiate dependence called “the flu times 5 billion.”

“The treatment can also reduce the psychological desire to use substances like opiates in the long term, facilitated by a period of deep insight through an altered state of consciousness. Some have described this as a dreamlike state and others speak about a three-dimensional slideshow of hallucinations behind their closed eyelids.”

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