Ibogaine vs. Ayahuasca

IBOGAINE vs. AYAHUASCA

What is Ibogaine?

Ibogaine is from the root bark of the Central West-African plant Tabernanthe Iboga, used traditionally in rites of passage and healing rituals. Ibogaine is the most researched Iboga-alkaloid; its alkaloids also have tremendous therapeutic properties.

Detoxification from opioids with a single large dose of Ibogaine has been consistently observed in humans and corresponds to a large body of animal work. Treatment with Ibogaine is followed by a total elimination of withdrawals and craving for multiple substances including opiates, cocaine, stimulants, methamphetamine, alcohol, benzodiazepines and nicotine. The Iboga experience facilitates a profound revision of one’s personal history and life situation and adjustment of one’s behavior and role in the family and society. New Zealand was the first country in the world to accept Ibogaine as a prescription medication in 2009 followed by Israel.

What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a decoction made from different plants that are found in the Amazon region; the vine Banisteriopsis caapi is boiled together with species such as Psychotria viridis (Chacruna) or Diplopterys cabrerana (Chacropanga) that contain the alkaloid Dimetyltriptamine or DMT. During centuries indigenous peoples have utilized this botanical mix ritually for healing and divination. In the 20th century Ayahuasca started to be incorporated as a sacrament in Brazilian syncretic churches that later spread over the whole world.

Today the use of Ayahuasca has extended to many parts of the world and, although there is very limited scientific literature demonstrating ayahuasca’s therapeutic properties, recovery from specific processes such as depression, mourning, a growing body of personal accounts underscore the importance of research into its use.

The effects of Ayahuasca are emetic, frequently causing vomiting and diarrhea, which is interpreted by the shamans and other providers of sessions as what is called the ‘purga’: an emotional and physical cleanse.

The use of Ayahuasca in combination with other serotonergic pharmaceuticals, such as antidepressants, can potentially cause adverse reactions such as the ‘serotonin syndrome’, which theoretically can have serious consequences for one’s health.

Million Dollar Question: If I have to choose, which should I do?

First of all, I think the question should be, which should I do FIRST? Because if you are going to make the commitment to explore the depths of your mind, soul, and the infinite universe, both of these medicines are the best things you can do for yourself. But time and money are obstacles, and I realize that it may be several years before you can save up enough of both to complete even one of these journeys. So here are some practical guidelines.

  1. Do you have any addiction problem, eating disorder, or self-limiting mental issue? If the answer is Yes, then Ibogaine for sure.
  1. Would you prefer to know the answers to your questions, or feel & see the answers to your questions? To know, choose Ibogaine.
  1. Do you want to make peace/communicate with deceased family members/friends? Choose Ibogaine.
  1. Is your mind the root of your physical illness or your body? For mind, choose Ibogaine, for body choose Ayahuasca (except in the case of physical drug dependency, for which Ibogaine is the expert).