Ben De Loenen & Chris Jenks
Due to the increased popularity of ibogaine and iboga extracts, more and more vendors offer root bark, iboga extracts and ibogaine hydrochloride through the Internet. Both the origin of these materials and chemical processing conditions, such as product purity and their possible contaminants are often unknown, which may cause additional risk in the use of these materials.
ICEERS initiated a scientific and risk reduction initiative in collaboration with the biomedical research center IMIM and Energy Control (ABD), both based in Barcelona, for which we collected 23 samples of iboga materials, and analyzed them both qualitatively, determining the alkaloid content, and quantitatively, determining the exact quantities of ibogaine, ibogamine and voacangine. We found large differences in potency of the samples, sometimes different batches of the same provider and analyzed a few false iboga root bark and contaminated samples. This presentation will discuss the results.
Ben De Loenen graduated as Master in Audiovisual Media with his documentary Ibogaine – Rite of Passage (2004). He gave many lectures and film screenings around the world and dedicated himself to the Ibogaine movement. In 2006 he got interested in Ayahuasca, after which he started observing the psycho-social processes of participants of sessions.
In 2009 the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service was born as a tax-exempt non-profit organization in the Netherlands. Among other activities ICEERS organized an international public conference held in the Catalan health ministry in Barcelona, was involved in the legal support of arrested Ayahuasqueros such as a case in Chile which was documented for Ben’s Ayahuasca documentary project and initiated various campaigns related to the persecution of psychoactive ethnobotanicals and indigenous causes.
While finishing his doctorate in Organic Chemistry, Chris Jenks started traveling from his base in California in the 90s to study ibogaine extraction and purification. The extraction procedures he published are specifically suited for laboratories in developing countries due to their simplicity and low cost. This work has been sponsored by the treatment providers Karl Naeher and Anwar Jeewa and performed during periods of extended vacation. The rest of the time, Chris still lives in California and works as an open source programmer.