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Iboga Microdosing Guide
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:40:47 PM »

Hi y'all, this is a guide for microdosing with iboga that I helped compile with the guy who runs Reset.nu, I thought it may be of interest to some. Was made with TA tincture in mind but also applies to the root bark as is. Microdosing is an accessible and low cost way of working with iboga safely and in a controlled manner for those that are curious and wish to work with the plant, and done this way it can be easily integrated into day to day life. It may also be wise for anyone contemplating a flood session with iboga to consider microdosing with the plant prior to this.

An iboga treatment provider told me that 500mg of root bark taken every four days works well as an anti-addiction treatment and antidepressant, and this can be taken in a '00' capsule for convenient dosing. Doses much lower than this will be effective, as the effects are cumulative. It is important to taste a tiny pinch of the root bark, so all your senses are able to experience the plant. It is important to set intent and state a positive affirmation on ingesting the root bark, and this is discussed below. This affirmation, in whatever form iboga comes in, is a vital part of the treatment not to be neglected.


Iboga (Tabernanthe iboga)

Iboga is an evergreen, flowering shrub, native to the rain forests of western Central Africa. The plant prefers well composted, well drained soils in a protected, partly shady position. Under the right conditions it can grow up to a height of 10 meters. The stem is erect and branching, its leaves are dark green, its flowers white to pink or yellowish, its fruits are orange and oval shaped. The magic of the iboga is to be found in the root bark, home to the powerful teacher that lingers in this extraordinary plant.

Historical Origin of Iboga Rites

For many generations, the iboga plant has played an important role for practitioners of the indigenous Bwiti religion in Central Africa. The Bwiti initiation rite to obtain spiritual maturity consists of the ingestion of a very strong dose of iboga, followed by an intense, mind-altering experience. Lower doses are taken during weekly ceremonies, as collective religious fervour, a moment for intense love and mutual understanding, while fuelling dancing and drumming late into the night. Through the iboga plant, the Bwitists feel that they strengthen their connection with the divine realm and experience a deep understanding for the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

Bwiti is considered by its members as a universal religion, accessible to anyone who approaches it with respect and humility. Among the Bwitists, there is a widespread hope that one day the Bwiti and its iboga rituals will become known at the very core of western culture. A noble thought...

Iboga Therapy in Drug Rehabilitation

Over the past decades, iboga treatment indeed found its way into western practices. Professionally guided, intense therapy with iboga has proven to be extremely successful in curing drug addictions. Recent studies have shown that iboga reduces dopamine concentrations in the body, hereby reducing the affects of certain abusive and highly addictive drugs. The plant will have to undergo more clinical research in order to become an officially registered medicament, but so far the results have been promising.

Iboga as a Way to Personal Liberation / Freedom of the Soul

Iboga can play a powerful curative role but not only for drug addicts. Rooted in unpleasant past experiences and subsequent negative emotions, many of us are in one way or another caught up in patterns of thought and behaviour which limit us in our freedom. Those patterns are quite similar to addictions: despite their harmful character, we deceive ourselves into believing that they provide us a shortcut to comfort.

Iboga digs down into the depths of our mind. It will surface what is hidden and treasured, that what shapes us and keeps us in shape. Iboga can help any one of us to eliminate self-induced oppression, accelerate personal growth, and bring more joy to life.

Master Your Mind

Our environment nowadays demands us to operate on mind-based logic, it feels like there is very little space left to follow our hearts. Through the uncontrollable production of all kinds of thoughts, your mind is constantly influencing your behaviour. Don’t believe everything you think! The mind can be a useful practical tool, but should not be your guide.

The problem is that your mind feeds on old emotions and outdated information, thereby distracting your soul from its presence in the happenings of the now. The very Now is always New and should be experienced in total openness, allowing any new impulse to freely flow into your perception. You can be freed from your mind if you become aware of this dichotomy. Ask yourself: Who is this making me behave or react like this? Am I not free to have a new challenge and emotion in every new situation? Why should I be a slave to my thoughts, my preferences, my likes and dislikes, my... You, you are free!

Letting in the Spirit of Iboga

One possibility to let the spirit of iboga in is to take what is considered a full dose. The journey that follows is not a journey for the faint at heart. Though there are a number of guidelines which can be followed to minimize any risks, the experience will not be of an easy nature.

A more gentle way of communicating with the spirit of the iboga plant is to take in much lower doses. If used in the right way, tiny amounts of this powerful plant are sufficient to regain control over one’s thoughts and actions. I discovered a new technique for self-treatment with Iboga tincture, which will be explained further in this guideline. The experience of myself and others have taught me that treatment with no more than a few drops a day can be surprisingly effective.

The Iboga TA 1:50 Tincture

This tincture holds the essence of the iboga plant. Firstly, the root bark of the iboga is extracted into its purest form, being the combined Iboga alkaloids, while keeping the full spectrum of the plant uncompromised. Afterwards, the extract is dissolved in pure alcohol. The tincture that results from this technique is so strong that one drop suffices as one therapeutic dose.

A drop of iboga tincture contains 0.58 milligram of iboga TPA extract. This is the highest possible concentration pure alcohol can contain. The alcohol instantly carries the iboga extract into the bloodstream and the nervous system. One drop, entirely saturated with the iboga alkaloids, contains all of the plant’s properties, its spirit, its voice, and its vibration. This one single drop is your gateway to communication with the iboga spirit. However, to treat yourself successfully it takes a bit more.

The Properties of the Ibogaine

The special characteristic of ibogaine (after being converted to noribogaine, by the liver) is that it occupies the receptors which are urging you into the repetition of a behavioural pattern or addiction. That is what makes it effective even in the most serious cases of drug addiction. Most addicts are cured within a day or four, without any withdrawal symptoms and with little chance for relapse.

With the micro dosage therapy it is possible to send the tiny bit of ibogaine that is captured in one drop of the tincture to exactly that receptor which is responsible for the thoughts and behavioural patterns that are keeping you in their grip. This method works most efficiently if you use the strength of your spirit to guide the healing to the right place. By expressing a powerful affirmation or intent at the very moment the iboga enters your senses and nervous system, your voice carries the iboga and you give directions to the plant teacher via your intent. This technique is a combination of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and iboga therapy, between a very accessible, holistic approach to psychotherapy and the most powerful healing plant in the world.

Implications for Usage

With this self-treatment, you will pinpoint and reset one behavioural pattern or addiction at a time. Before you start with the drops, it is very important first to unravel your problem. Look into to the root of the addictive patterns in your thoughts and behaviour. Search for old emotions that have become embedded in your system along the way. It will take some time and practice to get deep enough and find the naked truth under the surface of your behaviour. Once you found the root, or the soil in which your habits are rooted, you are ready to formulate your intention in the form of a positive affirmation.

This affirmation must be exactly the opposite of what you discovered to be the root of your addictions. For example, if you discovered your base problem to be "I feel lonely", a possible affirmation could be "I am complete". An affirmation should not contain "I wish" or "I will" and it should not contain a "not". It should not affirm your current state.

Once you are sure you have located a troublesome emotion and its opposite positive affirmation, stand in front of a mirror and take a single drop under the tongue. Let the bitter, woody taste fully enter your senses and welcome the spirit into your being to do its healing. Do not wash down the drop with water, experiencing the bitterness is an integral part of the healing. Your senses will be immersed with bitterness while you say ‘yes’ to the spirit. Then, look yourself in the eyes, hold one hand on your throat, and express your intention. Firmly, use your voice and feel the vibration come back into your body while you see, hear, and feel yourself speak. The iboga travels into your nervous system, healing exactly the place you point it to.

Imagine the plant teacher simply closing the door to the old, hindering emotion. Remember, the mind has the tendency to make you believe in twisted versions of reality. Those mind-made lies are based on experiences from the past. While speaking your intention out loud, your voice overwrites the lie your mind has been misleading you with. While the thoughts your mind produces are constructed out of the past, the sound of your voice comes from and into the very Now. Sound is so much louder than thoughts. Feel the liberation from your past and the beauty of the Now.

Potentiating and manifesting

Other than this described technique to reset negative behavioural patterns, the tincture can also be used to connect and reconnect to the positive and bring good things in your life. Nothing is more powerful than ones intent he vibration you set before you start your day will definitely impact it.

Start your day in front of the mirror and set the positive vibe. You will experience the result all day. Where your mind would be constantly judging any situation and loop you into its trap of doubt or insecurity, your affirmation has already overwritten all negativity. My favourite affirmation for the day is: “Everything is good”. With this I have already decided that whatever comes that day has my full acceptance and approval, be it good or bad, I am in peace with the day. EVERYTHING is good. No mind-based misconception can go around that.

Examples of positive affirmations

I am complete
Everything is good
I am love
I am my self
Everything is light
I am happy
This day is perfect
I choose
My body is healing itself
Life is generous
I can do it
I am free
I am

Reset the Robot

Through your voice, your intention vibrates outwards into the entire universe. It becomes imprinted in the totality of the whole and resonates back to you. The iboga travels with your intention to exactly those receptors that were urging you to fall in repetition of the pattern you want to be freed from. Your intention or positive affirmation will keep those receptors occupied. You are healing yourself, you are no longer caught up in a loop of oppressive or destructive thoughts. You reset the robot inside you, the robot that defines the boundaries of how you think and behave, fed by emotions from the past, negative ideas of others, or media induced images of reality.

After a week’s time, you start to notice the freedom you have gained. You find the willpower to unplug from previous conceptions and discover you are free to make your own decisions. You find fresh soil for the roots of your being to extract new energy from and sunlight to grow towards your full potential.

When eliminating your old habits, it is very possible that other negative patterns come to the surface. After you feel like you have completely cured the problem you were focusing on, you can repeat the treatment with a new intention. This revolutionary technique allows you to work slowly and focus at one problem at a time. In the end, the tincture gives you the potential to surface all that needs to be dealt with and heal all that limits the freedom of your soul.

Warnings

Without an affirmation, the treatment is ineffective. If not used properly, with the wrong intentions, ingestion of the tincture may even cause damage. Make sure you spend enough time to dig into the soil of your emotions and find the roots of your behaviour. Don’t worry, you do not need to be a psychologist to get to these depths. All the knowledge you need lies inside yourself.

Iboga accumulates in the body. It remains in the body for more than 4 weeks. This means that all the drops you take within 5 weeks will accumulate and remain in the body until they slowly wear off. If the dose you take exceeds 10 drops a day, physical and psychological effects, and perhaps even disorientation and ‘trippy’ effects can occur. Be aware of that some people respond highly sensitively to a few drops only. It is important to listen to the signs of your body at all times and adjust your dosage accordingly. Do not take the iboga tincture before going to sleep. The plant gives you energy and might cause insomnia.

During the period you treat yourself with iboga, it is advised not to use any drugs and keep stimulants such as coffee to a minimum, as well as smoking tobacco or certain herbs. Your receptors will become very sensitive and you may have an unexpectedly strong reaction to them. Also, it is strongly discouraged to combine the healing of iboga with ayahuasca or other visionary or hallucinogenic substances. Lastly, iboga should never be combined with anti-depressant medication such as SSRI's, such a combination would be very dangerous.

Links

http://www.reset.nu

Forums

Forums such as Eboka are essential in this field. Many people who gather in these forums are undergoing the very same process or are interested in doing so. It is an easy and discrete way to get in touch with like-minded people worldwide.

Please visit the forum and join the discussions. Among other things, this tincture and its usage are discussed here and it is very beneficial for anyone to share your own experiences and read about those of others.

http://www.eboka.info/
http://herbtalk.info/forums/index.php
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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2013, 02:00:01 PM »
Thanks Bancopuma. I still have a tiny sample bottle of Maurice's tincture which, after reading your post, I found lying at the back of a drawer. I started with your recommendations this morning!

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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2013, 03:35:36 PM »
Thanks Bancopuma!

I have heard about this tincture a couple of times here in the forum but didn't have any info on it.  I am curious about the differences in microdosing with the tincture compared to RB.  I know it was covered here a bit but I am also wondering if someone has a step by step tek on how to make the tincture.. 

Lissos~  You have tried this tincture?  Have you also tried microdosing with root bark? 

Thanks!

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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2013, 09:19:00 AM »
No worries guys. I have microdosed with both the root bark and the tincture and found both to be effective. The tincture is a more efficient method though as the alkaloids are absorbed sublingually on one's tongue, directly into your blood stream and start to work on your nervous system quickly. So even a single drop, taken daily, will over time yield impressive results. I'm not sure how one would go about making a tincture, but I can't imagine it would that tricky, I know Maurice's tincture is prepared with non-toxic food safe ingredients.
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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013, 01:35:02 PM »
Hi Lala
No I haven't used the tincture before...just started yesterday and, at 1 drop per day, I should have enough for at least a week. If I feel anything from it I'll let you know.

I've tried micro-dosing a few times but it doesn't seem to agree with me. As soon as I start to feel an effect on my mood, I also start getting insomnia, which is not good as I have problems with sleeping already.

I've taken what I think has been referred to here as "microbursts"....5g of RB twice and 7g once. Each experience was full of insight but maybe, as others have mentioned, not strong enough to really knock out some of my deep-seated negative thought patterns.

Haven't had the courage to do a flood yet.

Thanks for your interest
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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2013, 01:56:14 PM »
Hi Lissos, it is interesting how as individuals we all react differently to things, and what works for some may not work for others. I would recommend the drop be taken on waking as your start your day, along with a positive affirmation. If taken too late in the day I also find iboga can affect sleep. It seems that if one microdoses enough it can out you in a sub flood state of mind. For me personally I would rather take a more sudden plunge into this state than by wading into it little by little.

Your microburst approach sounds interesting. I remember having 1g of root bark one day and feeling good from it, then the next day I felt even better. How incapacitating were these 5g and 7g doses?? And did you dose gradually these times or consume the doses in one or a few go's? Intriguing.

An microdosing experience report that may be of interest to some, although worth noting that the doses used here are much larger than would be used with the tincture or would be necessary for iboga to be effective.

http://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=99277
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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2013, 06:51:10 PM »
No worries guys. I have microdosed with both the root bark and the tincture and found both to be effective. The tincture is a more efficient method though as the alkaloids are absorbed sublingually on one's tongue, directly into your blood stream and start to work on your nervous system quickly. So even a single drop, taken daily, will over time yield impressive results. I'm not sure how one would go about making a tincture, but I can't imagine it would that tricky, I know Maurice's tincture is prepared with non-toxic food safe ingredients.

I am just getting into making tincture of all kinds.....and tonics.....this is really interesting Bancopa!  It would be great to read some detailed reports on this.  The tincture cannot be that difficult to make.  But, I am really interested in the methods that were used, especially where one drop more or less is equivalent to an MD.  That is impressive in itself...

This is a well put together guide!  I think it will benefit many to come...

Everyone is different, just like you said too.... good to keep things loose, we don't know what's best, but we have an idea.... 

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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2013, 04:44:59 AM »
Hi Bancopuma
I’ll keep it brief cos I don’t want to dilute(he he!) this thread further.
Basically I started early in the morning, took 2/3rds of the dose, and the rest after 2 or 3 hours. Although I spent pretty much the whole day in bed, I was able to move around, go to the toilet etc, without much difficulty and eat some toast after 4 or 5 hours. One good thing was that I could write down most of the insights for later use. The first time I stayed awake the whole following night; the 2nd and 3rd times I managed a couple of hours sleep.

Since I haven’t experienced a flood, it’s hard to comment on the relative long-term usefulness of these ‘trips.’ I think they laid some issues on the table for me to see in plain sight, made clear the pros and cons of trying to take action (ie. the potential rewards v the possibility of further pain through rejection/failure) but, as I said above, didn’t really give me the boost in strength/confidence to see those changes through or resolve some of the underlying conflicts, resulting in a hugely instructive but also painful year.

Enough! I’ll let you all get back to the tinctures! I’ll be taking my morning drop in a few minutes…
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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2013, 07:36:19 AM »
Hey thanks for the run down, interesting stuff.

From experience it seems like a full flood can produce a much more long term effect, this definitely happened in my case, and with my initiatory flood in particular. Happy dropping!  :)
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2014, 03:38:04 AM »
Excellent work, Bancopuma!  I just found this thread and I am impressed with the caring and the accuracy in this miniguide.  Bravo!

I would just add that for people who are dealing with heavy traumatic incidents, there are special bits of information and technical skills that must be taken into consideration.  For more details, I recommend the website listed below, especially this page:

http://extremehealing.org/what-is-the-heavy-stuff/

and this page:

http://extremehealing.org/the-willingness-to-feel-a-learnable-skill/

For people like Lissos who seem to be dealing with many layers of stuff, I would not presume to give specific advice online, but I noticed a curious fact.  When we get serious about healing-and-dealing (with our own stuff), we need to do everything that we know helps us.  We have to do everything that works and do it in combination, be it nutrition, psychotherapy, meditation, yoga, writing poetry, playing frisbee, whatever you observed to be helpful.  It is one of those ideas that seem so obvious and silly that saying it looks like a total waste of time, but precisely for this reason, I found that it is worth saying.

One more comment.  It is recommended to do this ceremonially.  The ceremony could be as simple as lighting a candle and spending a few moments sensing where you are at, calming your mind and your heart as much as you know how, and formulating your intention for the session.  Doing an opening like this is a way to transition from your everyday life in which, as Bancopuma pointed out, your mind is running you instead of you running it, to the special space-time in which you will do this incredible alchemy.

Closing the session can be more tricky because this medicine tends to linger in the system for days on end, but if you are about to attend to worldly responsibilities and won't be able to give this work your attention, you should do a closing too.  This way, the integrity of the work is preserved and by not diluting it, you are giving it more transformative power. 

Also, this is a way to be connected with the traditional roots ( :) ) of this medicine, acknowledging those who have passed it on to us and taught us how to work with it and whose very existence is threatened as I type.  We did not invent any of this.  We are at the receiving end of a very long lineage.

Happy exploring! 
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Re: Iboga Microdosing Guide
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2014, 02:02:55 PM »
wow. Thank you Bancopuma!