Durban Conference Papers

The Durban Conference Papers are a collection of articles that were published or republished during our meeting at at the 4th International Ibogaine Provider’s conference in Durban, South Africa from May 7th to 10th.

The articles are provided here in their full texts in PDF form.

Fatalities after taking ibogaine in addiction treatment could be related to sudden cardiac death caused by autonomic dysfunction

By Uwe Mass & Suster Strubelt

Ibogaine is the most important alkaloid of the Central African Iboga-shrub. It is the central drug in Gabonese initiation ceremonies in which it is used to cause a near-death experience. In Western countries it is used in private clinics to treat addiction. However, in the United States and most European countries it is classified as an illegal drug because at least eight persons have died after having taken Ibogaine. These fatalities occurred in most cases several days after ingestion or following the intake of very small doses. There is no conclusive explanation at the present time for these deaths.
We hypothesize that these deaths may be a result of cardiac arrhythmias, caused by a dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system…

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Polyrhythms supporting a pharmacotherapy: Music in the iboga initiation ceremony in Gabon

By Uwe Mass & Suster Strubelt

Music is used by traditional cultures worldwide to create and accompany trance-states. But the influence of sophisticated compositions and the choice of instruments on the patient’s curing have been hardly examined. Rouget (1990) even assumes that the choice of instruments and music is insignificant.

We had the opportunity to assist several iboga initiation ceremonies in 1999, 2001 and 2003 in Gabon (Central-Africa). We could record the music and finally decided to become initiated ourselves. The iboga healing ceremony induces a near-death experience and is applied to cure serious mental or psychosomatic diseases, but people let themselves also initiate for reasons of spiritual or personal development…

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The near death experience: a cerrebellar method to protect body and soul

By Uwe Mass & Suster Strubelt

The root bark of the Iboga shrub (Tabernanthe Iboga) is used in Gabon (Central Africa) to induce a near-death experience for spiritual and psychological purposes. The pharmacology of ibogaine, a psychoactive indole alkaloid extracted from the bark, has been extensively investigated because of its anti-addictive qualities. This current review of these studies and neuroscientific approaches to the near-death experience compared with field studies of traditional African rituals has generated new insights into the neurological correlates and the psychological effects and after-effects of the near-death experience…

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The Suboxone Papers

By Lex Kogan

An essay regarding the pharmacodynamics of buprenorphine and ibogaine’s use in duprenorphine detoxification.

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