from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A name, in the Kongo region of West Afriea, of a shrub of the dogbane family, Tabernanthe Iboga.
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- noun Tabernanthe iboga, a
perennial rainforest shruband hallucinogen.
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In my quest for illumination, I underwent a tribal initiation in Gabon, eating iboga, a bitter-tasting psychedelic root bark that induces a visionary state.
Ibogaine is derived from the tabernanthe iboga shrub, which is native to west central Africa, where it has been used for millennia as a treatment for physical, mental and spiritual ailments.
The iboga plant bears yellow teardrop fruits sometimes eaten by elephants.
In addition to being a profound hallucinatory experience, iboga eliminates withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate dependency.
Leaving the iboga, we come to a shady corner of the garden where another outlawed plant languishes in obscurity.
Ayahuasca and iboga, by their very nature, will never be drugs of abuse.
The story comes from western Africa's Bwiti religion, whose adherents use the iboga plant to induce visions and aid in the hunt.
Dr. Stanley Glick, the Director of the Center for Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience at Albany Medical College in New York, is developing 18-methoxycoronaridine (18-MC), another iboga alkaloid that has a better safety profile than ibogaine.
Taub explains, "In the tribal use of ibogaine, the visionary aspect of iboga is revered as an integral part of the healing process -- this is especially ironic in light of the fact that Dr. Deborah Mash, a professor at the University of Miami and one of the top scientific experts on ibogaine, is working to develop noribogaine (12-Hydroxyibogamine), an ibogaine metabolite that does not induce visions."
Ethnobotanists have proposed the iboga, a West African teardrop-shaped fruit that cures opiate addiction.
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