Why is the U.S. Disregarding Plants Like Iboga and Kratom in the Fight Against Overdose and Addiction? standard

By Jag Davies With overdose death rates more than doubling in the U.S. since 2000, we need to be examining every possible avenue to save lives and reduce the harms of drug misuse and addiction. Two medicinal plants, kratom and iboga, have been used for hundreds and thousands of years in other parts of the world and show promise as tools in addiction treatment.  Yet the United States’ outdated drug war approach is standing in the way. The naturally-occurring substance ibogaine is derived from the iboga plant, which native to West Africa, where it has been used in healing rituals and initiation ceremonies as part of the Bwiti religion in Gabon for hundreds of years.  Since the 1960s, it has ...

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How Prohibition is Depriving Society from Essential Medicines & Therapeutic Tools standard

By Ben De Loenen For many years we have witnessed the devastating impact of the war on drugs on society and its citizens: Men and women being judged, stigmatized and incarcerated for putting a particular substance in their bodies. People being deprived from their basic human rights, separated from family or children, tortured and killed in the name of the drug war. But drug prohibitionism is also depriving society from access to essential medicines and special tools: Tools that allow people to overcome life hurdles, break destructive behavioral patterns. Tools that help people regain purpose in life, find reconciliation with all that seems impossible to accept. Tools that help integrate the loss of a loved one and the reality of ...

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Win a 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference Registration! standard

Would you like to join us at the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference in Tepoztlan this March? This week is your chance to win a free registration! All you have to do is use the links below to share information about the conference with your networks and you’ll be entered in the raffle. We are giving away a total of 5 registrations, 1 per draw winner. Each registration is a $220 value (neither travel expenses nor room and board are included in the prize). Winners will be announced by January 20th! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Andrew Tatarsky on Harm Reduction Psychotherapy an Ibogaine standard

Andrew Tatarsky is an American psychologist, founder and director of The Center for Optimal Living in New York City and Professor of Professional Practice for the Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program at the New School for Social Research. Tatarsky is known for developing Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy (IHRP), a treatment for the spectrum of substance use disorders and other high-risk behaviors. In addition to presenting on the changing scientific discussion about addiction and mental health, he will be offering a 2 day post-conference workshop on IHRP. Register today to be a part of this groundbreaking event!

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Claudio Naranjo’s pioneering work with ibogaine psychotherapy standard

Claudio Naranjo was one of the first to experiment with the use of ibogaine in psychotherapy. His pioneering work, conducted in 1967, was the subject of part of his book The Healing Journey. He was the first to consider that ibogaine’s effects are best classified as oneirogenic, or “dream inducing,” to describe it’s effects which are quite distinct from other psychoactives that are used therapeutically. Shortly thereafter, Claudio obtained one of the first patents, issued in France, for the use of ibogaine in psychotherapy. At the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference, Claudio will present a closing keynote presentation about his earlier work and the continued development of his psychotherapeutic work since, including newer work that he has conducted with ibogaine. Register ...

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Drug use is not just a public health issue, it’s a social justice issue standard

by Jonathan Dickinson For years drug policy activists have been saying that drug use is not a criminal justice issue for the reason that the criminal justice challenges are merely the result of prohibitionist drug policies. Focusing on the criminal element as a society, they say, is ineffective, and distracts from the more important core issues. The rallying call has often been that, instead, drug use should be treated as a public health issue. However, many of the public health issues associated with addiction — including the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, overdose deaths, etc. — are also clearly “unintended consequences” of prohibitionist policies.

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