Ibogaine is the Antidote to Addiction

Ibogaine – That’s right, I said it. There’s an antidote that stops addiction!

AND THEY don’t want you to know about it!

We propose an honorable end to the Civil War on drugs. This can never be accomplished with the current US policy of threats of arrest and police violence that are used in the prohibitionist approach. We of Cures Not Wars demonstrate that the core issue of drug addiction is a national health issue, instead of a criminal behavior issue. We build upon the universal concern about the harm caused by rule of addiction over the person. First by calling for drug policy to focus only on drugs of addiction and then to call for the only corrective treatment option to be released by our federal bureaucracies.
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The Cures we refer to are IBOGAINE which is the only drug that acts as an antidote to addiction and the appropriate role of drug treatment instead of a focus on punishment as a means of stopping drug abuse.  Ibogaine treatment is done with an established long treatment session method or a slow, multi dose ramp up with post treatment booster doses.

The Wars we oppose are the lopsided efforts against any use of the Cannabis Sativa plant when all the compelling complaints about drug use revolve around other illegal substances, the ones that cause addiction. We want to know if the first black President will see the ending of the last Jim Crow era law. The American Civil War on drugs is a hypocritical fraud perpetrated against the American people. It is to be exposed and protested. This is what we advocate.

The Fact That Ibogaine Is Still Illegal Is The Most Powerful Proof That The Prohibition Of Cannabis, And The Entire Civil War On Drugs, Is A Fraud!
-Jay Statzer 2013

Pot Is The Anti-Drug.
-Jay Statzer 2009

We are looking for a GOOD JUNKIE!
What’s a good junkie??
Someone who is…
1. Addicted to heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or pharmaceuticals.
2. Has tried to quit with the current drug treatment establishment and failed.
3. Will try ibogaine treatment to break physical and mental addiction.
4. Has a reliable loved one or family member who can vouch for his/her condition.
5. Able to travel for a week to go through treatment.
6. Can provide current EKG and Blood Test results.
If you qualify and send in your location and contact, there is a possibility of going outside the US to obtain the antidote to addiction.

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Cures Not Wars has been proactively demonstrating to the world that the drug problem and the “war on drugs” can both be ended in one generation. Not by continuing along the path of militant prohibition but through market separation, education and treatment that works by reversing addiction. Although nobody ever expects to become addicted, being addicted is the strongest anti-drug education there is. Effective drug treatment is crucial in order to bring addicts back to society. We propose a progressive strategy to eliminate the demand for drugs by replacing the police war and prisons with Ibogaine treatment for drug addicts.

Give us cures, not wars!

 We have seen many successful recoveries from hard core addiction to cocaine and crack, opiates, pharmaceuticals, methadone, alcohol, and nicotine. Ibogaine treatment is effective on individual or multiple addictions in one treatment procedure. Our military and CIA have kept Ibogaine a secret after 7 years of study -just before the drug addiction epidemic of the 60’s. In 1970 it was made illegal. As a hallucinogen under the Controlled Substances Act, Ibogaine is a Schedule I drug, making it more illegal than many of the drugs of addiction it treats!

 The action of Ibogaine is to return the addict’s brain chemistry to the pre-addicted state. An effect that can be accurately explained as an antidote to drug addiction. NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) has already investigated its usefulness and approved it as a “Poly-Drug Addiction Interrupter.” No other substance investigated by them qualifies for this remarkable title. The reason behind this is the fact that Ibogaine is not a maintenance drug but a corrective treatment for addiction that does not require many regular doses. Ibogaine treatment is currently in FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approval trials, however, it’s being shunned by drug companies as not profitable and as competition to their less effective products. Drugs that they are heavily invested in. Instead of finishing up ibogaine approval trials, FDA and NIDA approval processes have been clogged with these maintenance pharmaceuticals. The result of this corporate resistance is that FDA Ibogaine approval trials are under-funded are going very slow.

 To illustrate the reality and potential of Ibogaine, Cures Not Wars has been operating an underground railroad, shipping American addicts offshore to clinics in other countries that had never prohibited Ibogaine or had removed their US inspired laws against it. You will find scientific data, living proof testimonials and the implications of this treatment in the book

The Ibogaine Story: Report on the Staten Island Project.

 We call on all responsible voters to call for expedited funding and finishing of the FDA Ibogaine approval trials. Addictive drugs are bad everywhere but nowhere as destructive as they are here. America has been ravaged by a drug addiction problem that is much too great for any relief using the threat of jail and violent law enforcement, nor through the slow process of currently employed drug addiction treatments. Take a stand for a public health approach to the problem of addiction. Don’t pass up this chance to protest the bureaucrats who heartlessly withhold the Ibogaine cure from addicts, while locking up hundreds of thousands in pursuit of a filthy Civil War on drugs.



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 If you, or your loved one, qualify there is a possibility of going outside the U.S. to an Ibogaine rehabilitation clinic.
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Jay in Michigan if you live in the Midwest U.S. or national contact if you live elsewhere.

What Is Ibogaine?

Ibogaine in a majority of cases, interrupts addiction to hard drugs. Ibogaine allows a patient to kick without withdrawal symptoms, beat the pressure to relapse by reversing craving! So the patient can mature out of the addiction.

The Iboga Root

  Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive indole alkaloid from the rainforests of West Africa. While it is found in the roots of the plant Tabernanthe Iboga(apocynaceae), a shrub commonly planted around homes in Gabonese villages, it’s also synthesized to a high purity. The people of the region use it to induce visions during religious rites that initiate children into adulthood.

  Howard Lotsof, an American heroin addict, discovered it as an addiction antidote in 1962 while involved in youthful drug experimentation. After a 36-hour waking dream experience, he was surprised to find that he had completely lost his desire for the drugs to which he had been addicted. He experienced no withdrawal symptoms and was heroin free for many years.

  Because addictions are an imbalance in the dopamine and/or endorphin systems in the brain, Ibogaine works as an antidote to purge junk chemistry and restore normal brain function. Ibogaine has been shown effective against opiates, cocaine, crack, speed, alcohol and cigarettes. This indicated a similarity in the processes of the brain altered by drug abuse which has sparked much new clinical study, redefining what addiction is.

  Ibogaine’s primary, dreamlike, effect detoxifies the patient, stops withdrawal and reverses addiction. The very same process happens naturally in REM sleep, dreaming. For a few minutes an hour the brain refreshes itself, but on a smaller scale. Not enough to reverse addition. This dream state is brought on by Tryptomine. Ibogaine is a very potent chain of this neurotransmitter that creates a continual REM state for hours. Patients describe an introspective experience. They have the opportunity to rationally evaluate past errors and trauma, while growing, maturing and reconstructing their attitudes. They’re often shocked at the lack of withdrawal symptoms, craving and after-effects. A single 36-hour ibogaine experience is enough to break addiction. It is followed with a long-lasting metabolite, Nor-Ibogaine that relieves craving. Lotsof recommends at least several months before any repeat treatments and, for most patients, one or two treatments is enough. If a patient does not respond by the fifth or sixth try then it may be one of the few cases where ibogaine isn’t enough, however the detoxification from drugs will still happen.

  The one problem now in the U.S. is the status of Ibogaine as a Schedule I drug, Ibogaine was accused of being a drug of abuse, like LSD. However, it was never peddled in the street and no prosecutions for it have ever been brought. The former FDA case officer on Ibogaine, Dr. Curtis Wright, once admitted its abuse potential was “low to none.” Yet, Dr. Alan Leshner, a George Bush Sr. administration head of NIDA, with prejudice against any use of a Schedule I “psychedelic” drug, abandoned very successful Ibogaine research in 1995. Instead he diverted time and funding into other research, including a cocaine addiction maintenance drug, Buprenorphine. Then a patent dispute complicated FDA trials at the University of Miami.

  Today, current FDA trails at New York University Medical School and the University of Miami show the process is not dead. Meanwhile, in the absence of FDA approval, thousands of Ibogaine treatments are still taking place worldwide.


This is my attempt to explain Ibogaine therapy and associated concepts in plain language.


The most healthy function of the human body is sleep. It is especially important to the addict. When an addict stops “cold turkey” it is the healing benefits of sleep that can gradually, but eventually, return the brain to the pre-addicted state. In particular, it is Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep that is the period of healing for the addict.. In every night’s sleep the brain goes through cycles where the sleeper has a minute or two of REM and then an hour or so of deep sleep, a little more REM, more deep sleep. All night long. The neurotransmitter that is used in REM is Tryptomine. The brain uses Melatonin to trigger REM sleep. Then these substances are metabolized and they break down into their component molecules to be adsorbed and recycled again during the deep sleep period. The period of REM is the time when the brain takes a day’s worth of input from all the senses and transforms them into knowledge. The brain also re-regulates all the chemicals in all its neurotransmitter systems. It is the natural process that a healthy brain uses for resetting the neurotransmitters to prepare the brain for another day of conscious brain function. The consequences of not getting enough REM sleep we all know as a groggy feeling where our minds seem cluttered and unable to function properly, our memory is faulty, decision making is poor and it is difficult to focus or concentrate. If you can’t go back to sleep it can take hours or even all day to eventually recover. People who often don’t wake up refreshed can use Melatonin at night to correct this problem.


For the addict, there is a problem with the neurotransmitter systems that have been tampered with by repeated use of addictive drugs. Tampering with brain chemistry can cause the neurotransmitters to become out of balance. A prolonged chemical imbalance of the brain can cause physical changes in the brain in order to compensate for that imbalance. Changes in neurotransmitter production or number of the cells that use certain neurotransmitters happen which then reinforce the addiction. Addictive drugs all have activity in the Dopamine and Endorphin systems in common. Each addictive drug has different specific effects so I will just use two examples to show what can happen to your brain chemistry when you take addictive drugs. Heroin can be used as the definition of addiction. When you take heroin (inject, smoke, snort, rub the end result is the same) you flood the brain with an outside source of something that looks like the neurotransmitter Dopamine. Do this enough times in a row and your brain will decide that it doesn’t need to produce its own Dopamine and eventually will rely on the outside source. Keep doing heroin and your brain will start to lose its ability to make Dopamine. Now stop taking heroin and every nerve cell in your body will scream out its pain, even simple bodily functions like breathing and digestion press against nerves and therefore are painful, and without Dopamine you will notice this for the first time. Of course there’s other bad things happening from heroin use as well. This is just to point out what a Dopamine related addiction is, and opiates cause it. The craving for the high of heroin happens because the Dopamine system has ties to the Endorphin system, and my second example. Cocaine can be used as the definition of craving. When you take cocaine (crack, powder, freebase, inject it’s all the same poison). You force the brain to flood itself with Endorphins while it prevents the recycling function for this neurotransmitter from happening. The brain now has much more Endorphin than it would ever naturally have for any reason. It is much more than the brain can ever metabolize, leaving the remaining amount hanging around, while the brain is still pumping in more. The portion that gets metabolized breaks down into component molecules but can’t get sucked back into the cells for recycling because that function is turned off by the cocaine. It stays in the brain’s fluid between brain cells muddying the water. Keep using cocaine and you brain will begin to require higher levels of Endorphin to function and if it feels the level is too low, the addict will hunger for cocaine as the means to obtain the higher level. Cocaine is not Endorphin, but is associated with it in the mind by habit, so the craving is thought by the addict to be for cocaine.


Amphetamine will supply the cocaine addict with an outside source of molecules that resemble Endorphin and therefore satisfy the craving for cocaine. In multiple addictions the stronger addiction always wins. Then the addiction may shift to one that works like a Dopamine addiction except with Endorphin instead of Dopamine. Dopamine is also produced by the brain while on cocaine and can eventually create a Dopamine related addiction as well, although not as strong as with heroin. Using the legal addictive drugs, alcohol and nicotine, have a multiplying effect to create addiction with each other and in combination with illegal addictive drugs. Using an opiate while extra Dopamine is present in the brain speeds the onset of opiate addiction. This is why cocaine leads to heroin, which is the original “stepping stone” theory of addiction. A drug war bureaucrat took that theory and claimed that since heroin is harder stuff than cocaine and cocaine leads to heroin, then the much less hard marijuana must therefore lead to cocaine. What they call the “gateway” theory. However, using cannabis causes no direct action in the Dopamine system, nor the Endorphin system, so the theory has more to do with the folly of marijuana prohibition laws that put pot smokers in contact with dealers who may also deal addictive drugs. The neurotransmitter that is affected by cannabis turns out to be Tryptomine, because it makes the brain release large amounts of Melatonin. Since Melatonin triggers REM in a pot smoker enough to create a measurable “Alpha State” brainwave it can be said that not only is using cannabis not addictive but it is anti-addictive. That could be why the large majority of cannabis users don’t go on to become addicted to other drugs. Pot, the anti-drug!


Tryptomine is a single molecule that is used in the REM cycle of sleep. It’s activity is indicated by a particular brainwave pattern scientists call the “Alpha State.” When some people eat a quantity of turkey and feel drowsy for an hour afterward it is because the meat contains Tryptophan. This is a short chain of a few Tryptomine molecules. Melatonin is a longer chain of tens of Tryptomine molecules and it cam give someone a long night of refreshing sleep. Conversely, when Melatonin is taken while in the sunlight, it gets rapidly broken down into Serotonin which is another neurotransmitter that calms and elevates your mood. Even with eyes closed, or at night, Melatonin will eventually break down into Serotonin and other component molecules. There is a psychedelic drug called DMT that is known for causing a very short-term but very intense psychedelic experience. DMT is like if you had a chain of hundreds of Tryptomine molecules. Now imagine a chain of tens of thousands of Tryptomine molecules, enough to be in REM for 8 to 12 hours before a cycle of deep sleep. This is the healing power of Ibogaine.


GDNF on brain cell growth
GDNF in action

The length and intensity of the REM sleep created by Ibogaine is enough to correct the imbalances in the brain’s neurotransmitter systems. During the ibogaine treatment experience, GDNF (Glial Dervived Growth factor) production is started and continues until finished. Use of a n which is a growth factor specific to the brain that activates cell regrowth and stem-cell therapy-like glial cell activation in the reconstruction of healthy neural networks. For example, the opiate addict has regrown the neuronal systems that replace the need for external substances of any kind. After the Ibogaine wears off the heroin addict’s brain can produce its own supply of Dopamine again, so there is no pain from withdrawal. The cocaine addict is able to properly metabolize Endorphin and has reversed the expectation of elevated Endorphin levels, so there is no craving. There will be cases of very severe addictions that are not completely reversed with a single Ibogaine treatment, where brain cells that use Dopamine have died off or cells that use Endorphin are altered. That healing at the cellular level has begun but will require more time for the body to rebuild. The brain grows new brain cells during the Ibogaine experience and will again upon re-treatment, but the physical healing has a huge head start and will continue every night as long as there is no more addictive drug use. There are also many cases where the physical addiction has been corrected with Ibogaine but, due to a long period of years of being an addict, a mental conditioning toward addiction could continue. This conditioning plus the lack of healing is why “detoxifying” drug addiction treatments, ones that merely get an addict past the worst part of withdrawal, often fail to break addiction. Ibogaine approaches this problem and not just the physical addiction. This is where the work of Ibogaine becomes more of a mystery. Ibogaine can be used in the practice of emotional counseling, like to help get over a childhood trauma. It can also help a person recover the personality or personal identity that existed before addiction took over. This is because of the nature of the Ibogaine experience. An Ibogaine patient does not hallucinate as with typical psychedelic drugs like LSD. When the eyes are open there may be a little visual distortion or seeing of colored light that isn’t there in a dark room. The experience happens with the eyes closed and it is mostly images that the patient has actually seen, raw visual data from an entire lifetime that can now be accessed, which rapidly come and are replaced by more. The images may be thought-provoking themes needed for reconciliation of the mind and personality or a review of past decisions or even trauma that are calmly observed, as if from a safe distance or with an enlightened perspective. Today many Ibogaine treatments happen in two phases, the first treatment to recover physically from the addiction and again a week later, after the patient has had time to explore and reflect on how sobriety feels and what bad feelings remain, have a second treatment to address the psychological problems. In this way Ibogaine can be a powerful aid to counseling.

About the author, retired Michigan rally organizer Jay Day Statzer


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