Iboga (Tabernanthe iboga)


Tabernanthe Iboga is a rainforest shrub found in central Africa. The plant typically grows to approximately two meters in height, but can also reach a height as high as 10 m. It is found in the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Gabon. The plant is often cultivated in the backyards of residents before it is collected and sold at local markets. It plays a significant role in traditional African rituals and medical practices. The bark and yellowish root of the plant is hallucinogenic. The chief compound that is isolated from the root and bark is called ibogaine. It can be used to treat addiction to opioids, but it can also be dangerous if people take too much of it. Individuals who take this compound report a variety of effects, with the most common examples being auditory and visual hallucinations.

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