Is Ibogaine Safe? Everything You Need to Know About Its Effects

If you’ve heard about the many promising stories from people who have gone through ibogaine treatment to overcome substance-abuse problems and even mental illnesses, you might be excited about experiencing the same.

Still, before you do, you probably want to know if ibogaine is even safe or not.

Is Ibogaine Safe?

Asking if ibogaine is safe is a lot like asking the same about any drug.

Just about every drug has the potential to do harm if it’s abused or otherwise used incorrectly. Even Aspirin can become dangerous if too much is taken at once.

So, yes, ibogaine can be safer provided certain very important caveats are first met.

That being said, there have been some deaths that occurred in connection with the use of ibogaine. The study, Fatalities temporarily associated with the ingestion of ibogaine, is the most comprehensive of its kind to look into these fatalities.

It found that, between 1990 and 2018, 19 people died while taking ibogaine. However, complete postpartum data only existed for 14 of these deaths, which is why the researchers focused mainly on them.

They found that not a single case could be blamed solely on ibogaine. Instead, those deaths involved preexisting cardiac conditions, acute withdrawal from benzodiazepines or alcohol which caused seizures, or the coadministration of at least one other drug of abuse during the ibogaine session.

So, while this isn’t to say that ibogaine is safe enough for anyone to just start taking it, it certainly isn’t dangerous with the right caveats being met.

3 Factors that Determine if Taking Ibogaine Is Safe

Before taking the drug, it’s important that you understand what circumstances are required in order for ibogaine to be safe.

1. A Healthy Heart

Studies show that ibogaine probably does affect the heart and cardiovascular system to some degree. Therefore, the drug is not safe for anyone who meets any of the following criteria:

  • Congenital heart defects as a child
  • Prolonged QT intervals
  • Any history of:
    • Blood clots
    • Deep vein thrombosis
    • Heart failure
    • Irregular heart rhythms
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Stroke
    • Transient ischemic attacks

This should really apply to all your organs, too, especially your kidneys and liver. If either are not functioning properly, at the very least, address those problems first before taking ibogaine.

2. A Healthy Mind

Many people have used ibogaine to help with mental illnesses. Two common examples are depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Still, there are some psychiatric conditions that are especially susceptible to worsening by the introduction of ibogaine.

These include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cerebellar dysfunction
  • Dementia
  • Depersonalization disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Non-substance induced psychosis
  • Organic brain disease
  • Schizophrenia

There are some reports of ibogaine helping to improve these conditions, but the risk of making matters worse should keep you from taking the drug if any of the above applies.

3. A “Clean” System

As we touched on above, taking ibogaine with other drugs or alcohol in your system can quickly end in disaster. In fact, even though it’s an opioid antagonist, it can actually enhance another drug’s signaling, which would quickly turn them lethal.

So, before taking ibogaine, make sure you’ve given your system enough time to rid itself of any drugs you’ve been taking. This includes methadone, suboxone, and buprenorphine. Even if they were prescribed to you by a doctor, ibogaine is especially sensitive to such long-acting opiates.

In the case of alcohol, a formal detox process – including medical supervision – may be required to avoid the risk of grand mal seizures and even death.

Finally, it’s also worth noting that after ibogaine treatment, the drugs you used to take may pose a much greater threat than they did prior to the program. That’s because many patients report a “reset” of sorts that, among other things, returns them to novice-level tolerance for their drug(s)-of-choice.

Hopefully, following treatment, you have absolutely no intention of ever going back to abusing drugs or alcohol. However, if you do, just know that your system may not react the same way as it used to, which could be dangerous.

Take Ibogaine in a Safe, Supervised Environment

As we covered above, just because ibogaine can be safe doesn’t mean it always is. It’s not just about taking pure ibogaine hydrochloride. It’s not even about going through the proper screening protocols, as well, to ensure no negative reactions to the drug.

It’s just as much about experiencing ibogaine in a safe, secure environment with sufficient medical supervision. Otherwise, taking this drug could quickly turn into a traumatic experience, one that actually exasperates your symptoms instead of helping you overcome addiction and/or a mental health issue.

That’s why we started Experience Ibogaine five years ago. We’ve created a facility where safety is the biggest priority and, therefore, have been very successful in helping thousands of people enjoy a new lease on life because of this amazing drug.

If you’d like to learn more about our process and facility or ask any questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.