Iboga, or Tabernanthe Iboga, is a perennial rainforest shrub native to Western Central Africa.

Iboga normally grows to the height of 2 meters with small green leaves and its flowers are white and pink.

The fruit is orange and has an elongated oval shape.

Its yellow colored roots contain a number of indole alkaloids, which have the active medicinal properties that are found in highest concentrations in the root bark.

Iboga in the west is primarily used for withdrawal from drugs but more and more this beautiful medicinal plant is used by many for exposing, understanding and healing unresolved life events.

Iboga has little abuse potential and appears to return the brain to a pre addictive state. It has the unique ability to open an opportunity for change partly due to the long lasting effects of Iboga which is stored in the fatty tissue as noribogaine for three months or more.

We use the highest quality raw Iboga root bark shipped directly from the sacred land farmers in Cameroon.

The farmers know where the Iboga is going and they send their blessings.

Iboga
Iboga

Credit: Ben Taylor, Artist http://www.mometo.net

Iboga has been known to the pygmies of the Congo Basin for thousands of years and in the past few centuries has played a central role in a spiritual path called Bwiti.

It covers three countries in West Central Africa. Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo. Bwiti is not a religion and it is not a tribe.  It is a remarkably truthful way of understanding life.

Iboga is at the core and is used for initiation, rites of passage, hunting and self exploration. There is no Bwiti written history so it is unknown how long this tradition has existed.  The knowledge that has been gained through the use of Iboga is passed down through speaking only and stories tell of over 10 generations but it may be much older.

Iboga is for all people regardless of where they were born, their race or colour or any illusion of separateness.  To become Bwiti it is only necessary to experience a full initiation in Africa and they welcome foreigners. This miraculous healer has spread its energy like its root system all over our planet and the people dedicated to the pursuit of truth are able to do so with this master plant teacher.

Jeremy and his wife Deena use whole, unextracted Iboga root bark, making IbogaJourney the only completely raw Iboga practice based in North America. In Africa, the medicine is ingested in its organic, natural form. IbogaJourney ceremonies are held with deep respect for this tradition, using only ground root bark. Our medicine is of the highest-quality, sourced directly from Gabon by the hands of the Bwiti.

There are many forms of Iboga used in the west. The Iboga extracts TA (total alkaloids) and HCL (Ibogaine) have become the preference for the majority of practitioners because of their ability to quickly interrupt the withdrawal symptoms from severe addiction. These extracted and concentrated alkaloids have their place but it comes with higher risk. The characteristics of the medicine are affected by the extractor and dosing is extremely sensitive and therefore needs medical supervision.

The Iboga below is in Gabon. The gentlemen on the left is a local Shaman and the one on the right with the backpack is our friend. The plants are cared for on sacred land and are harvested traditionally. There is no extraction in this process, it is simply raw and dried. The outer (darker) layer is separated from the inner (lighter) core. In Africa they process the core in to a paste which also has medicinal value. The outer dried bark is highest in indole alkaloids and is what they send to us. The buildings are used both for ceremony and for processing and drying the root.