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One of the most common and respected plants in equatorial Africa is the “Tabernanthe iboga”. There is not much data on the influence of the “iboga” and its derivatives, because they are kept in secret by the different communities in Africa. The prototype of these communities are the “closed” aristocratic clubs in Europe and in the USA and lately they have become popular among the local elite. The same is also true for the usage of the iboga even in those countries, in which it was not known before. Initially it was found only in Gabon, Congo and Zaire but today it is consumed also in some other countries in Western Africa. For the past few years it has been also widely spread in Europe; even in the early 30’s an extract from it was sold in France. Such substances are still available in many countries but in others, for example in the USA, they are banned. Sometimes sportsmen use them as doping.
From the African plants the one that is most often referred to as aphrodisiac is the “corynanthe” but the Africans are sure that the iboga is even a greater aphrodisiac than the corynanthe.
The effects caused by the iboga and the pure alkaloid caused over the mind depend greatly on the dose and the mood of the person. The low doses cause stimulation; higher doses lead to fantastic visions, anxiety, exultation and hallucinations, the mood varies from extreme fear to euphoria. All of the surrounding objects seem to have halos, which constantly shift their colors. Typical are also the auditory, olfactory and gustatory sinestezia. People who have participated in such experiments with iboga involved say that they had been in a trance-like state, in which the consciousness is completely preserved. The fantasy pictures are described as a movie that rolls with an increased speed. Extremely high doses lead to lethargy, which may last for 45 days or they can result in death.
There is some data that the iboganine may be used in the treatment of the dependency from some opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and alcohol, because it strongly suppresses the abstinent occurrences and diminishes the inclination towards the narcotic. By the way, according to the given results, this treatment appears to be very successful, but first the psychological factors must be overcome. They are also the reason why the already “cured” return to their narcotic.