Roots of the iboga shrub, from which a psychedelic drug can be derived that helps opioid addicts get clean without painful withdrawal symptoms. Photo: AFPRoots of the iboga shrub, from which a psychedelic drug can be derived that helps opioid addicts get clean without painful withdrawal symptoms. Photo: AFP
Roots of the iboga shrub, from which a psychedelic drug can be derived that helps opioid addicts get clean without painful withdrawal symptoms. Photo: AFP

For opioid addicts, African psychedelic ibogaine is a last-resort detox drug. Research shows it works, but a legal grey area surrounds its use by clinics

  • Ibogaine is the root of the iboga shrub, used in initiation ceremonies in West Africa. Opioid addicts turn to it because it reduces withdrawal symptoms
  • Medical studies of its use to cure drug addiction show it is effective, but doctors warn it can kill. A former addict who used it says ‘it’s a beautiful thing’
Topic |   Wellness
Roots of the iboga shrub, from which a psychedelic drug can be derived that helps opioid addicts get clean without painful withdrawal symptoms. Photo: AFPRoots of the iboga shrub, from which a psychedelic drug can be derived that helps opioid addicts get clean without painful withdrawal symptoms. Photo: AFP
Roots of the iboga shrub, from which a psychedelic drug can be derived that helps opioid addicts get clean without painful withdrawal symptoms. Photo: AFP
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