"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is a proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-
That principle is contempt prior to investigation."
During ibogaine therapy patients have reported a dose-dependent experience of dreamike states, except that they are awake and can respond to questions. Soon after administration, the patient:
1) first experiences a loud humming or oscillatory sound, changes in visual perception and signs of ataxia when trying to walk;
2) Within 1 to 2 hours this auditiory experience ends and images may appear, especially after eyes are closed. The patient then notices a rapid visual presentation of various images, sometimes specifically reviewing traumatic events or circumstances from their childhood and/or life of addiction for a long period (3 to 8 hours). Distortions of time perception by the patient are also reported, in which the dream experience is perceived to take less much less time.
3) Following the sudden end of dream stage (3 to 9 hours post adminstration), a period of intensive reevaluation of previous life experiences can take place. The stimulant or opiate- addicted patient may then sleep for long periods, and awaken without characteristic withdrawal symptoms.
4) Long term effects of the ibogaine treatment include a reduction in the need for sleep to 3-4 hours per night for up to a month or more and the elimination or amelioration of the craving and desire to do drugs.
This is a general description of the ibogaine experience and many variations in the length, occurrence or quality of stages are often observed.
Patient treated in Guatemala
Dr. Franco Lopez Martinez