Originating from West Central Africa, local tribes use ibogaine as a stimulant, tracing back hundreds of years.
Ibogaine became known as an antidepressant and stimulant, and, in France, it was sold and prescribed under the name Lambarene.
Ibogaine therapy has shown incredible results in those struggling with opioid addiction. It led to excitement among scientists, seeing it as a potential new way of solving the opioid crisis.
Unfortunately, all research stopped in 1967, when psychedelics became banned.
Outside of the U.S., studies on humans are underway. Trials in Spain are helping people try to get off methadone.
On the other hand, MindMed developed a synthetic derivative of ibogaine called 18-MC — which many perceive as a “safer version of ibogaine.”
So, is ibogaine legal in the U.S.? According to the DEA., ibogaine is a Schedule I Substance.
This means it’s currently unacceptable for medical use, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. Therefore, it’s still illegal to use in treatment.