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  •  Ibogaine: illegal treatment for speed addiction (none)
    While the number of patients treated with Ibogaine for speed in grey market clinics is far less than the number of heroin addicts, early results are promising.

    Clinical trials for junkies are just underway, thanks to aproval by outgoing HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson as his last official act in January. (I'd been bugging Tommy about ibogaine since 1994. The timing suggests he didn't feel he could get away with signing the authorization earlier.)

    Ibogaine itself was listed as a schedule 1 controlled substnce in the same legislation which prohibited LSD.

    The political problem: If there's a treatment modality which actually works, there's no longer a justification for Prohibition. the existing "treatment" industry loses their revenue flow. Big Phama is not interested because their business model is based on drugs you consume every day, not on a substance you take once and you're cured. In a single treatment, Ibogaine resets the brain's chemical switches to a pre-addictive state.

    Ibogaine is derived from Iboga, a west African rain forest shrub used in religious ritual, much as peyote was used in the Native American tradition. It's the source of the "tree worshiping" metaphor for traditional African religion. The Catholic Church inveighed against it because Bwiti practitioners were more resistant to conversion than their neighbors.

    No-one who voted against the USAPATRIOT Act has lost an election. I am not currently Licensed to Practice in this State. Or Yours.

    by ben masel on Fri Aug 19, 2005 at 07:39:32 PM PDT

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