Re-defining Ibogaine’s role in the framework of a changing drug policy

Between March 14-16th, 2016 in Tepoztlan, Mexico, the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference convened experts from around the world to discuss ibogaine therapy, the climate of global drug policy, and the sustainability and traditional uses of Tabernanthe iboga.

Since the 1980s ibogaine, the primary psychoactive extract of T. iboga, has increasingly been used experimentally in the detoxification from opiates and as a treatment for substance use disorders. Early clinical trials confirmed some very promising initial reports, but were later suspended because of funding and litigation. Ibogaine’s use has continued to grow, from the early peer-to-peer drug user networks, to today when ibogaine is administered under compassionate access or experimental legal frameworks in some progressive hospitals, medical centers, retreats, and private therapeutic practices around the world.

The landscape of ibogaine research and practice has changed dramatically. However, ibogaine’s continued promotion as a ‘cure for addiction’ overemphasizes it’s potential as a stand-alone therapy while contemporary understandings of addictions address a complex biological, psychological and social foundations of addictive behavior. This conference will bring refreshing voices from across the spectrum of traditional practice, medicine, psychology, harm reduction and drug policy in order to advance the use of ibogaine in a comprehensive therapeutic framework.

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Dr. Claudio Naranjo

Anja Loizaga-Velder

Anja Loizaga-Velder, Ph.D

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna, Ph.D

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Stanton Peele, Ph.D

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Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D

Bia Labate

Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Ph.D


Dr. Kenneth Alper

Bonnie Scott

Bonnie Scott

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Dr. Jeffrey Kamlet

Clare Wilkins

Clare Wilkins

Luis Eduardo Luna

Louis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D

Deanne Adamson

Deanne Adamson

Conference Documentary

Many thanks to our friends at the Mexico chapter of Drugreporter’s global video advocacy network!


Tepoztlan, Mexico

logo-jardinTepoztlan, also known locally as “Pueblo Magico,” is a beautiful small village located just more than an hour outside of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. It’s home to Tepozteco, a pyramid that overlooks the valley from the surrounding mountains, as well as a large market that expands from the plaza to fill the town’s main streets during the weekend.

For information on getting to Tepoztlan from the Mexico City airport please see our travel guide.

The conference will be held at the Jardin de la Abundancia hotel in Tepoztlan, Mexico. To book a room, or for suggestions of other hotels in the area, check the conference accommodation guide.

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