David and Jonathan Dardashti of the ibogaine clinic in Cancun, Mexico, claim that ibogaine is a wonder drug that can treat many serious conditions, such as kidney disease, OCD, PTSD, anorexia, bulimia, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
If this were the case, then maybe ibogaine deserves more recognition than it currently has. What is stopping it from being more readily available on prescription in pharmacies throughout the western world where all of these conditions are rife and we are seeing increased numbers of patients year by year?
The fact of the matter is that, just like so many homeopathic remedies that fill the shelves of supermarkets and leap from TV commercials into our living rooms, it just doesn’t work, at least, not in the way that it is purported to.
Does ibogaine work, or is it just a scam?
Ibogaine is mostly renowned for its therapeutic ‘abilities’ to treat opioid addiction, something that has never been verified by research by any western power, including the US government, and never has a conventional clinical research been carried out by a reputable objective organization.
So, like homeopathy, is this just a gray area that requires further investigation, or is the ibogaine scam a reality? Unfortunately, all signs point to the latter, and a multitude of customer testimonials and professional editorials will testify to this.
What the ibogaine scam is famous for is its product’s psychedelic properties, and while this encourages introspective thoughts and possibly enables a patient to consider the sources and effects of their addictions to a deeper level, it cannot be said that this could be called a “cure”.
In the same instance, patients have reported dreamlike mental states and visions that are shamanic in nature, which they claim help them to overcome fears and face their addiction. While this sounds positive on the face of it, many of these patients require several more treatments before relapsing into addiction, prompting the question: does ibogaine simply temporarily replace one drug with another?
As tentative as all this sounds, these are the best results that ibogaine has managed to achieve in over a century of use, so what of the claims of David and Jonathan Dardashti that several other conditions may be treated with ibogaine?
Again, there is simply no evidence based upon medical research that could confirm this to be that case. Guidelines have been issued by the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance regarding the proper usage of ibogaine, but again, their position could hardly be called objective.
On the contrary, what little research has been carried out on the effects of ibogaine on patients concluded that one in 300 patients will die from ibogaine therapy and others could suffer irreparable psychological damage if the therapy was carried out in non-medical settings. Of course, no reputable, licensed medical institution would use ibogaine as part of its treatment, so that would mean that all treatment was dangerous by default.
So is the ibogaine scam a reality, or is there some truth in its powers? We’ll let you decide.