iboga

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Tabernanthe iboga

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iboga (uncountable)

  1. Tabernanthe iboga, a perennial rainforest shrub and a source of the hallucinogen ibogaine.
    • 1985, Richard Alan Miller, The Magical and Ritual Use of Aphrodisiacs, page 41,
      The powdered bark (especially the root bark) of the iboga shrub is consumed by the natives of Gabon and part of the Congo in the initiation rites of a number of secret societies.
    • 2004, Chris D. Meletis, Jason E. Barker, Herbs and Nutrients for the Mind: A Guide to Natural Brain Enhancers, page 15,
      Native to Africa, Iboga has been used ceremonially as a hallucinogen. A powerful medicinal plant, Iboga has several pharmacological effects that have led it to be employed in the use of breaking addictive cycles, including tobacco and alcohol addiction.
    • 2009, Marlene Dobkin de Rios, The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios, page 85,
      Under the influence of iboga, the Bwiti initiates are able to communicate directly with an assembly of dead ones—a chain of ancestors.
      The initiate falls to the ground in a stupor after drinking the iboga brew.

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iboga f (plural ibogas)

  1. iboga (Tabernanthe iboga, a perennial rainforest shrub)