Ibogaine has unique characteristics as a drug, and its effects are very hard to explain to patients who have not experienced it. There are a number of side effects that are common to Ibogaine treatment.
As far as Ibogaine treatments are concerned, anecdotal evidence is much more readily available than the scientific information that has been collected from thousands of Ibogaine treatments. While we may not have a clear conception of why Ibogaine does what it does, we can confidently convey what the normal side effects of Ibogaine are.
TIMETABLE OF TRADITIONAL IBOGAINE FLOOD DOSE PROCESS
What is an Ibogaine flood dose?
An Ibogaine flood dose is a measurement of Iboga or Ibogaine calculated based on the patient’s body weight. This measurement is designed to provide a lengthy psychedelic experience. A flood dose is the same quantity for all treatment plans.
Preparations include hydration, general good health, and psychological preparedness, as well as intestinal motility and cardio supporting supplements.
Most people, after taking a flood dose, experience the onset of effects in phases. For example, Phase One onset will usually happen between 30 minutes and 2 hours after the Ibogaine is administered.
TIMETABLE OF IBOGAINE CUSTOMIZED PROTOCOL AT IBOGAINE BY DAVID DARDSHTI
David and his team have discovered over the years that Ibogaine treatment is not a one-size-fits-all practice. Each person’s physiological make-up and addiction is different; as such, treatments should be just as customizable. To achieve the best possible results, David has developed 18 different Ibogaine treatment protocols to maximize both the drug’s efficiency and its results. Because of this, the time and intensity of each treatment will vary.
Phase One: Effect Onset
After the treatment begins, most patients will experience a gradual change in how their body feels. Opiate addicts will often experience up to 100% relief from withdrawal symptoms.
Most patients will experience a short-lived auditory hallucination, such as buzzing or humming. Once the effect onset is complete, patients should expect to experience ataxia or the loss of voluntary muscle control. Once this begins, patients will need help moving around, especially when visiting the restroom. During this time, many patients will also experience low-grade hallucinations. Some have described a feeling of stress and anxiety which are both considered normal during the use of psychedelic drugs.
Phase Two: Visionary Dreams, 5-8 hours. The “Peak” Experience
During Phase Two, most patients will experience bodily heaviness accompanied by ataxia; some may experience nausea, as well – in the latter case, simply keeping the head still can ameliorate this effect. Patients often become confused during this segment of the process, as the treatment’s stranger effects become stronger.
Some people will experience visions or visual hallucinations. These are different from person to person, but often contain common themes such as ancestry, mythology, animals, and plants. About 5% of patients will sleep during this ‘peak’ period, another 5% report having no visual experience at all, and still another 5% will experience visions, but have no memory of them.
Normal side effects during this phase are difficulty moving, vomiting, and some mild cardiac arrhythmia, all of which are carefully monitored by our medical team.
Phase Three: Introspection, 6-18 hours. “Coming Down.”
After completing an Ibogaine treatment, participants will slowly regain control over their bodies, and side effects like nausea and vomiting will slowly stop. At this point, the body will often be dehydrated, so the patient may experience headaches before liquids are introduced to start the rehydration process. Many people sleep for short periods during Phase 3, while others simply sit impatiently. Most will be able to begin processing their visual experience and start addressing the personal issues that may have lead to the original destructive behavior underlying their addiction. The end of Phase Three is normally marked with a light meal.
Additionally, many patients experience a ‘Gray Day’ after completing an Ibogaine treatment. What Is Gray Day?
A “Gray Day” is a common side effect that many patients experience after completing an Ibogaine treatment. It is defined as a physiological, psychological, and emotional cluster that will often present itself as a bad body image, negativity, depression, sadness, and intellectual self-abuse. Though these effects will gradually wear off during the day, some participants have a tough time breaking free from these feelings. Not everyone experiences this gray day, but everyone should be prepared for one.
Gray days may last longer than a day or two, and many patients experience these ‘blues’ for several days after Ibogaine treatment.
LONG TERM IBOGAINE SIDE EFFECTS
After Phase Three is complete, and patients have made their way through their ‘gray day’, the final results manifest differently for each user. Most of the result depends on what the original intention of the treatment was, as well as the planning and ongoing effort that are put into whatever lifestyle change the Ibogaine treatment was used for.
Most aftereffects are attributed to the metabolite Noribogaine. This is created as a byproduct of the liver metabolizing Ibogaine and can persist in the body for up to two months after the initial treatment.