Three dozen ibogaine providers, researchers and advocates gathered from May 7-10 in Durban, South Africa for the 4th International Ibogaine Provider’s Conference, sponsored by the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA).
Yann Guignon and Jean-Nicolas Denarie with several varieties of iboga fruit (Sarita Wilkins)
The cover of the conference program guide and report features Esu, a deity in several religions with a multitude of responsibilities, including protecting travelers, roads (particularly crossroads), power over fortune and misfortune, and the personification of death. The illustration was highly apropos — 52 years after the discovery of ibogaine’s interrupting effects on opioid use disorders by Howard Lotsof, the father of the modern ibogaine movement, ibogaine treatment providers and advocates are at an existential crossroads, with serious concerns about sustainability, safety and efficacy.
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