(This page last updated October 2009)
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Howard Lotsof to be honoured at the 2009 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in New Mexico, November 11-14 2009
Howard Lotsof, ibogaine’s “founding father” in the West, will be awarded the Robert Randall Award for Achievement in the Field of Citizen Action at this years’ International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This will be a major ibogaine event and I urge anyone able to attend to do so.
The Ibogaine Medical Subculture
Check out this fascinating review document from Dr Ken Alper, associate professor of psychiatry at the New York School of Medicine Click here to read this paper.
New Iboga Book Published
Iboga: The Visionary Root of African Shamanism, by Vincent Ravalec, Mallendi, and Agnes Paicheler has been published by Inner Traditions, October 2007. See listing on Amazon for more info.
US Ibogaine Freedom Walk to take place September 2007
“Freedom was the ideal upon which the United States was founded. Freedom from oppression, freedom from tyranny, freedom from persecution…Well, we’re not done.”
“The Ibogaine Walk is for freedom from drugs and alcohol for any addicts or alcoholics who choose it.”
Visit www.ibogainewalk.com for more information.
Paper Published on Ninth Recorded Ibogaine-related Death – Sep 2006
French scientists researching the death of a 48 year old white male, following consumption of iboga rootbark, have published their findings in the Journal of Analytic Toxicology. The man had a history of drug use, but no further details are currently available.
The abstract is online at www.jatox.com/abstracts/2006/september/434-bressolle.html
New York Ibogaine Conference 2006 – Pics and Reports
The 2006 New York Ibogaine Forum took place at Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York and the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, New York, on Sat 25 – Sun 26 February 2006.
For a conference repost and link to pics check ibogaine.mindvox.com/Art/CoSM2006/CoSM2006.html and http://ibogaine.mindvox.com/News/2006Columbia-COSM.html.
Ibogaine death in Mexico – January 2006
Jason Sears, a 38 year old rock singer from Santa Barbara, died after taking ibogaine at a clinic in Tijuana. He was seeking treatment for drug issues. The cause of death was pulmonary thrombosis, according to an autopsy report. State authorities weren’t planning on filing charges because Jason Sears appeared to have died of natural causes due to other health problems, a spokesman with the State Attorney General’s Office said. This is the eighth recorded ibogaine-related fatality.
A media report is online at www.signonsandiego.com/news/mexico/tijuana/20060202-9999-7m2detox.html
Ibogaine film released on DVD – May 2005
Ben de Loenen’s excellent film, “Ibogaine – Rite of Passage,” has now been released on DVD.
Ibogaine related death in Nevada – April 2005
A 43 year old male heroin addict tragically died 3 days after an ibogaine detox in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cause of death is, as yet, unknown. Prior EKG and liver testing had shown him to be in reasonable condition. A coroner’s report is expected around June 2005. More details will hopefully be released when available. I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathies to his wife and 4 children for their loss.
This is the seventh recorded ibogaine-related fatality.
New Ibogaine Book Released – August 2004
Amazing Grace, by Lee Albert. Irishman Lee Albert’s much-awaited book on ibogaine is now available. “Amazing Grace,” an account of Lee’s spiritual journey with ibogaine, is thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in the drug. Available on Amazon from September 2004 onwards or direct from the publishers at www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=20623 or www.myeboga.com/amazinggrace.html
Check out the author’s own website at www.myeboga.com for more information.
Free copies of Amazing Grace are available to the media. Check out www.myeboga.com/freecopy.html for details.
Ibogaine Death in Germany – July 2002
A young woman tragically died during an informal ibogaine session in Germany last month (July 2002). The death occurred about one and a half hours after taking 500mg of ibogaine HCl for personal development purposes. An autopsy apparently failed to isolate an exact cause of death. The woman, aged 35 years and weighing 63 kg, had used the drug previously on one occasion without problem. I do not have information about whether she had taken advised medical tests. She had previously complained of problems with her heart, breast, and uterus. Medical tests, conducted at the time, failed to reveal any problems. Note this is the fifth recorded ibogaine-related death in the last 10 years.
London Ibogaine Conference – Dec 12 2001
Around 60 people attended the conference, held at The Resource Centre, Holloway Rd and, from the feedback, most people thought it was a great event. Sadly, Mallendi, a Bwiti priest now living in Paris, couldn’t give his talk, due to last minute visa problems, but slides from Gabon were shown instead. We are hoping to be able to release video, audio or written material from the conference in 2002. Stay tuned for details. Conference details are online at www.ibogaine.co.uk/2001.htm
UK Coroner records death was caused by Tabernanthe iboga extract – Feb 9 2000
The inquest into the tragic death of JW, a 40 year old male heroin addict, concluded this morning at Westminster Coroner’s Court, London, having been adjourned from Jan 10 2001, pending examination of reference toxicological data from the lab of Dr Deborah Mash, an acknowledged scientific authority on ibogaine and iboga species.
Having heard evidence from J, who carried out the treatment, the pathologist, the police toxicologist, and Nick Sandberg, (myself), amongst others, the coroner, Dr Paul Knapman, found that JW died approximately 40 hours after ingesting 6g of a Tabernanthe iboga preparation, (T. iboga is the source of numerous active alkaloids including ibogaine), in an attempt to break a lengthy heroin addiction, having had no success with other detoxification strategies. He stated that “it seems that the most likely explanation is that he died as a reaction to this preparation.”
It was therefore ruled that JW died principally from a fatal reaction to Tabernanthe iboga preparation, the fact that he had suffered liver damage as a result of Hepatitus C being recorded as a secondary cause. A verdict of ‘death by misadventure’ was recorded.
In addition, the coroner stated that he shall be “writing to the Medicines Control Agency, drawing to their attention the existence of Tab iboga preparation used for therapeutic purposes, for their consideration of some regulation of the sale or supply of this substance.” Essentially this means that Tabernanthe iboga and-or its recognised alkaloid content, (including ibogaine), may shortly be scheduled as a ‘restricted drug’ in the UK, making possession illegal.
With regard to reports that the deceased may have died as a result of ibogaine toxicity, the coroner recognised the presence of other active alkaloids in the preparation ingested by JW and made the statement that the blame for this death “need not necessarily be laid at the feet of ibogaine.”
Ibogaine Protest outside the offices of The Observer
Demonstration undertaken Feb 1st 2001, 12 noon, outside the London offices of The Observer, protesting their publishing of an appallingly inaccurate article about ibogaine and subsequently refusing to publish a retraction. Click here for details of the article and our response.
Dr Mash publishes clinical study – November 2000
Dr Deborah Mash publishes a clinical study of ibogaine for the treatment of drug dependence in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Ref: Ann N Y Acad Sci 2000;914:394-401
Full article online here.
Dan Lieberman dies – August 2000
South African iboga researcher and ethnobotanist, Dan Lieberman, tragically died in a car accident on August 1st 2000, aged only 33. Dan, a graduate student at Rhodes University, had been involved with Tabernanthe iboga on a multitude of fronts and his death is therefore a tragic loss of many levels.
Dan gave presentations on iboga around the UK in the Spring of ’99 and further presented a fascinating paper on the ritual use of iboga at the New York Ibogaine Conference in November ’99. In addition, he both worked with iboga in his native South Africa, taking people out into the bush to use the drug, usually for substance problems; and further organised trips to Gabon for those who were interested in undertaking Bwiti initiation.
His death is a tragic loss and he will be remembered by all from the world of iboga and ibogaine. A tribute site is online at www.gammalyte.com/dan.