Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid that occurs in West African shrubs in the Apocynaceae family, including Tabernanthe iboga, for which it is named. Iboga root has long been used in the Bwiti rituals of peoples in Gabon, Cameroon, and the Republic of the Congo.
Ibogaine is hallucinogenic and neurotoxic, but it has shown some success in reducing withdrawal effects from drugs of abuse, such as alcohol, nicotine, and methamphetamine. Some governments, fearing abuse, have banned it outright. The US Food and Drug Administration classifies it as a Schedule I controlled substance, but it has permitted research on ibogaine for combating addiction.
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