Iboga's Promise in Healing an Opioid Addiction

The opioid crisis is a complex and devastating issue, impacting millions worldwide.
In our quest for effective treatments, we turn to traditional healing practices, where iboga, a gabonese plant, emerges as a beacon of hope.
At BwitiHouse, we offer retreat experiences, therapies and training. But we're also exploring iboga's potential in treating opioid addiction, particularly through its active compound, ibogaine.

Understanding Ibogaine’s Therapeutic Action

Ibogaine, derived from iboga, operates uniquely in addiction treatment. It acts on various brain regions implicated in addiction, offering a holistic approach to recovery.
Studies have shown that ibogaine significantly reduces the acute effects of chronic opioid use and positively influences long-term psychological well-being​​. This dual action on physical dependency and mental health sets ibogaine apart from conventional treatments.

Clinical Insights into Ibogaine’s Efficacy

Recent scientific advancements have significantly expanded our understanding of ibogaine's potential in treating opioid addiction and related mental health issues. Let's explore these developments in detail:
Broad Anti-Addictive Properties:
Ibogaine has demonstrated anti-addictive properties in both humans and animals. Notably, it differs from most addiction treatment medications in its ability to address various substance dependencies, including opiates, alcohol, and psychostimulants.
Its long-lasting effects are attributed to its potential to modify addiction-related neural circuitry through the activation of neurotrophic factor signaling.
However, ibogaine's development as a clinical treatment has been hindered by safety concerns, including toxicity, hallucinogenic potential, and the risk of cardiac arrhythmias​​.

Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD in Veterans
A study by Stanford Medicine researchers has shown that ibogaine can safely improve depression, anxiety, and functioning among veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Veterans who underwent ibogaine treatment experienced significant relief from symptoms including PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
This research is groundbreaking as it demonstrates ibogaine's efficacy in treating the long-term effects of TBI, a major cause of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies among veterans.
The study found that treatment with ibogaine led to immediate and significant improvements in functioning, PTSD, depression, and anxiety, with effects persisting for at least a month post-treatment.
Impressively, there were reductions of 88% in PTSD symptoms, 87% in depression symptoms, and 81% in anxiety symptoms. Additionally, cognitive testing revealed improvements in concentration, information processing, memory, and impulsivity​​.

No Serious Side Effects in TBI Treatment
Crucially, the Stanford study reported no serious side effects of ibogaine and no instances of heart problems typically associated with its use. Veterans only reported typical symptoms such as headaches and nausea during treatment. This finding is significant as it challenges the prevailing concerns about ibogaine's safety​​.

Potential for Broad Neuropsychiatric Applications
The Stanford team is planning further analysis of additional data, including brain scans, to understand how ibogaine led to cognitive improvements.
They believe ibogaine's drastic effects on TBI suggest broader therapeutic potential for other neuropsychiatric conditions, potentially emerging as a comprehensive neuro-rehab drug​​.

New Drug Candidates Inspired by Ibogaine
Scientists at UC San Francisco have developed two new drug candidates, modeled on ibogaine's pharmacology, for treating addiction and depression.
These compounds, at very low doses, successfully blunted symptoms of both conditions in mice. The research drew inspiration from ibogaine's impact on the serotonin transporter (SERT), a target also of SSRIs.
This development addresses the challenge posed by ibogaine's 'dirty drug' nature, which binds to multiple targets beyond SERT, potentially causing side effects like heart arrhythmias​​.

Selective and Potent Effects of New Compounds
One of the new drugs, named ‘8090,’ fits into SERT at the atomic level in a manner similar to ibogaine but is more potent and selective, without spillover impacts on other receptors.
This increased potency and selectivity could provide a better therapeutic window without side effects, offering a safer alternative to ibogaine​​.
These research findings collectively highlight ibogaine's significant potential in treating opioid addiction and associated mental health disorders, while also underscoring the importance of ongoing research to mitigate safety concerns and enhance efficacy.
As we advance our understanding of ibogaine's pharmacological effects, we move closer to harnessing its full therapeutic potential, potentially revolutionizing the treatment landscape for opioid addiction and related neuropsychiatric conditions.

Long-Term Benefits and Ongoing Research

The long-term benefits of ibogaine treatment are particularly noteworthy. A study from New Zealand highlighted that a single ibogaine session could lead to reduced or ceased opioid use for up to a year​​. This prolonged effect is crucial in the fight against addiction, offering lasting change rather than a temporary solution.

Navigating the Safety Landscape

While ibogaine's potential is immense, it's crucial to navigate its use with caution due to associated risks, particularly concerning cardiac health​​. At BwitiHouse, we advocate for safe, controlled, and professionally supervised use of ibogaine, ensuring the well-being of those seeking this treatment.

Expanding Research and Global Perspectives

The global research community continues to explore ibogaine’s potential. Studies worldwide contribute to a growing body of evidence supporting ibogaine's role in mitigating opioid withdrawal and reducing drug use severity​​. This international interest underscores the universal need for effective addiction treatments and the potential role of traditional medicines in fulfilling this need.

Balancing Tradition and Science

Iboga's journey from a spiritual remedy to a scientifically studied treatment option illustrates the convergence of tradition and modern science. This balance is key to our approach at BwitiHouse.com, where we respect the cultural roots of iboga while advocating for rigorous scientific evaluation and safe application in addiction treatment.


Iboga's potential in treating opioid addiction is a vibrant area of exploration that merges traditional wisdom with modern scientific inquiry.
As we continue to uncover the depths of iboga's healing capabilities, we remain dedicated to providing the most current, scientifically-backed information. Iboga not only offers a treatment path but also symbolizes hope and a new perspective on addiction recovery.
We at BwitiHouse are committed to being at the forefront of this exciting journey. As research continues and the scientific community gains a deeper understanding of iboga's capabilities, we at BwitiHouse remain committed to providing millenia old therapies, incredible experience and up-to-date, grounded information through our iboga-based therapies in Gabon and with the help of our users’ feedback.