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Iboga – practical information (not only) on microdosing

Author of the article: Chrisantem Macháček, founder and owner of the e-shop Pachamama herbs

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Iboga – practical information (not only) on microdosing

How to microdose Iboga to effectively and safely help improve quality of life?

This article is a follow-up to my first article on the Iboga plant, where you will learn how to dose Iboga and how to do a home ceremony with a higher dose of Iboga.

I myself know that I did not address the topic of microdosing in detail in the first article, so now I am filling this gap.

I am writing this article in Gabon during my second iboga study trip. I find that the way my African friends use Iboga is quite different from how we use it in Europe, but there is definitely something similar. This article should answer some important questions that may arise with microdosing Iboga at home. Despite the fact that this article is based on my experiences and on the experiences of other people I accompany through iboga processes, experiences are always subjective by nature and can vary greatly from person to person. What works for me may not work for you.

I recommend that you find out information from other sources as well, and if you have any doubt or question, look for the most competent person. If I should be the “competent person”, you can use the comments form below or use any contacts here.

The birth of Czech Bwiti Kumacenge temple

I went to Africa in June 2022 with a request that, if I am a suitable person to share Iboga in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, iboga would show me the way to it.

And it happened that Iboga very clearly conveyed several encounters to me and led me to a place where I underwent my initiation into Bwiti with a very strong dose of Iboga. I won’t go into more detail about it now, because I want to make a video and write a special article (and probably a book) about it…

In any case, I gradually had a clear vision of how I can and should share Iboga in the Czech Republic, and that’s how the Iboga “Kumacenge Temple” was born.

I went to Gabon again in September 2022 and after one year I experienced another Bwiti Initiation in Cameroon in June 2023. Family in Cameroon is for me much more supporting so I will be going to Cameroon for a long time.

Now I do regularly Iboga ceremonies with the Bwiti rituals in Olomouc, Czech Republic. If you want to see more information, visit website kumacenge.eu or ask me directly by WhatsApp or e-mail.

The health and safety during use of Iboga… is there really a risk of death?

It is possible to find in the scientific literature that there have been several cases of death after the administration of Iboga. Apparently, however, it was always a so-called “flood dose”, how would we translate it? “Full blast” is probably the most telling description. Most of these deaths were attributed to fatal interactions between Iboga and other drugs the person was taking at the time, or because the person was trying to end a serious long-term drug addiction and the body was abnormally weakened. These incidents were usually caused not after using the powder from the Iboga bush, but its highly concentrated extracts, i.e. ibogaine HCl or ibogaineTA (Total Alkaloid).

Other deaths are said to “routinely” occur directly during initiation ceremonies in Gabon or neighboring countries, where Iboga has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes there in a tradition called Bwiti. For the sake of completeness of information, it should be noted that the doses of Iboga that one person consumes during such ceremonies can range from 50-250 grams within a short period of one or a few nights (days) in a row. We received an estimate of between 40 and 60 grams at the initiation in Gabon, and we all survived of course ?

However, there are apparently no real “hard numbers” on how often someone dies from Iboga. Of course, no one keeps track of how many people use Iboga every year in all the countries of the world, it will surely be thousands and thousands…

I certainly don’t want to play down the risk, but I think the risk of dying with Iboga is very small. In my opinion, Iboga is not doing badly, especially when we compare it to the unfathomable harms of alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, salt, the meat and dairy industry, etc., etc., tolerated by all the governments of the world.

Is it necessary to see a doctor before iboga therapy?

I want to ask if it is recommended to go for heart tests and blood tests even with microdosing?

In connection with Iboga, it is often mentioned on some websites and discussion forums that it is very risky and dangerous, it is often recommended to see a doctor before using, who will perform an EKG screening. Is it necessary? And is it also necessary for microdosing?

I dare to say that with microdosing it is absolutely unnecessary to visit a doctor and do any tests. If you are going to take a higher dose of iboga at home (meaning from about 10 grams to some 25 grams), and you are healthy or “averagely healthy”, then even there, I dare say, there is no need to worry about visiting a doctor. But, if you have any doubts about yourself and your condition, it can certainly be advisable to consult with someone who knows your condition, intention and dosage. I you want to get someone to “look after” you during this experience – contact me.

Unsuitable combinations with other substances

While microdosing is very safe, the problem with Iboga is that during longer microdosing schedules, the Iboga alkaloids build up in your body system, so there is a small chance that you may have an adverse reaction if you take other drugs or medications.

Particularly problematic substances that are not recommended to be combined with Iboga are, for example:

  • MDMA,
  • amphetamines,
  • prescription stimulants,
  • cocaine,
  • opiates,
  • MAOIs,
  • steroids,
  • beta blockers,
  • antidepressants,
  • antipsychotics
  • and other psychiatric drugs.

So if you want to play it safe, it’s best to avoid all of these during the time of your microdosing and ideally as long as the Iboga is in your system (3 days to a week after finishing your last dose).

I find that in order to get the most out of Iboga, it is good to work exclusively with it, then you feel its effect best and it produces the best results.

Instructions for home microdosing

Recommended test dose before microdosing itself

Experience shows that before you start with the microdosing itself, it can be very very advantageous to first take an amount of approx. 1-2 grams (women) or 2-4 grams (men) for example on a weekend when you know you have a spare time.

Everyone has a different sensitivity to Iboga, and this experimental moderate dose will give you an experience of what Iboga, what condition, can convey to you, what levels you can reach with it, what topics you tune into with it.

This test dose is still very safe, even more sensitive individuals can handle it quite well, the worst that can happen is that you experience a mild iboga process, i.e. you lie down for several tens of minutes to hours, play some pleasant music and rest , and observe yourself, your thoughts and you will be in harmony with Iboga. How strong this test dose will be for you is very individual. I recommend, as I wrote, to give 1-2 grams for women, for men it can be 2-4 grams. Wait at least 2 hours, if you don’t feel anything noticeable, you can increase the dose according to your feeling and inner guidance (about 1 gram each).

This test dose will help you tune in to what you can get in a small micro dose, you will feel how Iboga can interact with you in your system.

We have found that this initial first dose is very suitable in nature, alone, quiet and free of distractions, so you can really tune into yourself with Iboga, but if for some reason you don’t want to or can’t go into nature, that’s okay. Find a calm environment without excessive influences at home.

Tip: A good activity for a test dose of Iboga is, for example, cleaning your room or household, that you have put off for a long time and that you didn’t want to do…

How much of iboga should I take as micro dose?

Usually you take at the beginning 1 capsule which is usually 0,2-0,3 gram each, or you take similar amount, 0,2-0,25 gram of iboga rootbark.

After a few doses, you will feel if this amount of iboga is doing something for you. You can increase (can be from 0,5 grams up to 1 gram, sometimes up to 2 grams) or decrease the amount if you feel it (for example 0,1 grams).

Important! You can also micro dose ibogaine extracts, but there will be much lower dosage, you need to have very precise digital scale to measure it. Check this table:

How much of iboga rootbark or ibogaine extracts should I take?

Here is a clear iboga and ibogaine dosage table. The dosage varies by body weight and your purpose.

Your purpose Iboga rootbark Ibogaine TA (60 %) Ibogaine HCl (98 %)
Microdosing – men and women 0.1-2 g in total 10-240 mg in total 5-120 mg in total
Spiritual exploration – men 0.1-0.25 g/kg 10-40 mg/kg 5-20 mg/kg
Spiritual exploration – women 0.1-0.2 g/kg 10-30 mg/kg 5-15 mg/kg
Drug removal – men 0.3-0.5 g/kg 30-70 mg/kg 15-35 mg/kg
Drug removal – women 0.2-0.4 g/kg 20-50 mg/kg 10-25 mg/kg

Example: Spiritual exploration of a man with body weight 75 kg:

  • iboga rootbark: 75 * 0,1 = 7,5 g minimal dosage, 75 * 0,25 = 18,75 g maximum dosage
  • Ibogaine TA: 75 * 10 = 750 mg minimal dosage, 75 * 40 = 3000 mg = 3 g maximum dosage
  • Ibogaine HCl: 75 * 5 = 375 mg minimal dosage, 75 * 20 = 1500 mg = 1,5 g maximum dosage

Iboga Microdosing Plan

There are several options for scheduling microdosing of Iboga at home. It is advisable to plan the days of using Iboga in advance for a period of 1-2 months. Be aware that the longer you take Iboga, the more it accumulates in your system and its effect is cumulative, and the more you should feel its clear guidance.

Rest days are important to integrate and rest the body. During microdosing, the body is more or less in the mode of expanded consciousness, it is not advisable to microdosing every day. Therefore, from practice it is recommended, at least to start with Iboga, to choose one of three systems:

Microdosing 1 + 1

1 day microdose, 1 day (or more days) break. For “normal” cases when you are not dealing with any extra acute topic.

Microdosing 3 + 3

For 3 days in a row, you always give a microdose in the morning or later during the day, then you take a break for at least 3 days. For moderately acute cases where you would welcome a transformation in a reasonable amount of time.

Microdosing 5 + 2

For 5 days in a row, you give a microdose in the morning or later during the day, then at least 2 days break. Depends on your conditions can be usefull to take more time to relax the body and your system.

The more Iboga microdoses you take, the stronger the connection you should feel with it. If after some time you have inner information that you should/shouldn’t take Iboga today, listen to it. Likewise regarding the dosage. You may have a clear insight that you need less / more Iboga than at the beginning. Usually you should need less Iboga as microdosing time increases, but this may not be the rule either.

See yourself at your best and how Iboga opens up your own being within you, helping you show who you are and how to live a relaxed joyful life. Listen to her and yourself as best you can.

However, if you don’t feel that Iboga is speaking in you in any way or that something is changing, continue with the regular schedule of microdosing as you set out at the beginning (1 + 1, 3 + 3 or 5 + 2).

Intention = a big part of “success”

As with larger doses of Iboga, intention is extremely important when microdosing.

Whether you use Iboga powder or Iboga capsules, make taking Iboga a sacred time. In Gabon they call the Iboze “Boa Sacre” = “Sacred Wood” and hold it in high esteem. They use it usually with a song, kneeling, as a holy reception in the church. It is entirely up to you and your inner guidance how you take the time to accept Iboga, but I recommend that you approach it as responsibly as possible. When you have the powder (or capsule) on your spoon or in your hand, invoke the wise consciousness of a plant ally in a few words or sentences, for example:

Iboga, please let me feel Love in my life.

Iboga please help me relax in my health…

Iboga, let me be happy, strong, let me be able to listen to myself and the people around me…

Other recommended activities when microdosing Iboga

One problem with almost all forms of microdosing is that when you stop microdosing, what then? In most cases, the effects of the substance disappear over time, fade away.

The effects of Iboga microdosing tend to take a little longer to feel than other substances due to the length of time Iboga stays in your system, but you’re still back to square one in the end. Sometimes you get lucky and manage to trigger a more permanent balanced state after microdosing.

Iboga is amazing at both breaking old habits and introducing new ones. If you know what you want your life to look like, and you clearly define what habits you wish to acquire, and you know what you are ready to let go of your life, then Iboga can very well support you in this.

Iboga helps increase willpower by activating and clearing the solar plexus chakra, which is the center of willpower.

The mind parasite will fight tooth and nail to maintain control over your entire being. The mind is a useful servant, but a tyrannical leader, talking you out of doing beneficial things that might help you relinquish control over you and bring you back to whole body awareness. Iboga can reduce the volume of this mental noise and you are more likely to get on with things now instead of getting lost in your own brain diarrhea. Iboga is also helpful in reducing procrastination.

Diary of your transformation

To better realize what you really want and how you really want to live, journaling can be very helpful. Get used to writing at least one sheet of A4 paper by hand during the microdosing of Iboga. You don’t have to let anyone read it, it is only for you, for your relaxation and deeper understanding of yourself.

You can ask the wise consciousness of Iboga to write in your diary through your hand what you would not dare to admit yourself.

A deeper connection with the body

When you microdose Iboga, you feel more in touch with your body. It is very appropriate to further support this process and include activities such as yoga, qigong, breathing exercises, running, dancing, etc. on microdosing days.

When you do any physical exercise, you should feel an even deeper connection with your body than on days when you don’t microdose.

Connecting with nature

Iboga began to be used by indigenous hunters in the African forest, who took it to sharpen their senses and have more stamina. Of course, we in Europe no longer need to hunt, but we can use it in a similar way to have sharper senses, to feel a deeper connection with nature.

If you take a dose of 1-3 grams of Iboga and go for a leisurely walk in the woods, you should feel much better the energy of the trees, plants and animals, and it will most likely be a very pleasant experience. Perhaps you can feel that trees or plants are even “talking” to you, or that you can see their energy fields that are otherwise hidden from ordinary sight.

Artistic and creative activities

Iboga greatly aids creative artistic activities, whether writing, drawing, painting, singing, sculpting. If you have experience doing some creative activity without Iboga, and then you take Iboga and do the same thing, you may be amazed that you can very easily enter into a creative flow.

Iboga provides better access to one’s own unconscious, where all creativity comes from, and at the same time suppresses the critical voice, which without Iboga can inhibit creative processes.

Iboga and Inner Wisdom

Iboga can also help you tap into your own inner wisdom. It helps if you take your time with the tuning process. Getting a pen and paper, writing down questions, and then letting your wise intelligence answer may help you get started. You can even ask yourself questions and then let the answers come.

Iboga and Truth

Iboga hates lies and pretending! For example, if you take a micro dose of Iboga and go to your job, if you are actually unhappy there for a long time and beat yourself up there, then the Iboga in you will make it clear to you.

Or similarly, if you take a small dose of Iboga and go on a date, for example, your body will make it clear whether this relationship is suitable for you or not, using feelings of well-being and love, or vice versa, using feelings of resistance.

One more time about the dosage of Iboga

Once you become familiar with microdosing Iboga, you may feel like experimenting with the dose sizes.

Even though we covered the size of the dose in the first article, I will describe again from a different point of view what awaits you…

up to 0.5 grams (one or two capsules)

One capsule has 0.2-0.3 grams. Usually, if you take this amount, you won’t feel “anything”. That’s the point of a microdose, that you don’t feel anything. Nevertheless, Iboga is working in you, and if you look back at your day in the evening, for example, you should perceive that it was a little different than the day when you don’t take Iboga.

Driving the car at your own risk. It’s better to avoid driving, but if you take a capsule a few times and you’re sure that you really really feel that you don’t feel “anything” from the Iboga, then it’s up to you…

1-3 grams (one teaspoon)

1-3 grams of Iboga has a distinct invigorating effect and members of the African Bwiti tradition often take this amount to dance the night away. A person does not feel tired for at least 12 hours after one teaspoon of Iboga and feels drawn into the activity he is doing.

Usually this amount means you can carry out normal activities, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend driving a car. From about 2-3 grams, you can easily find yourself “staring at shit”, you are slowed down and your attention is turned to the inner world.

3-10 grams (2 to 4 teaspoons)

When you take a medium dose, you should already feel Iboga working solidly in you. You will feel in the inner world, you may experience impaired motor coordination, a bit like ketamine. Driving a car can be dangerous for yourself and any passengers.

You can do something else, but, at the time of Iboga’s strongest effect, you will probably only be able to sit or lie down and immerse yourself in your own inner world. Put on some pleasant music and let yourself be carried away by what Iboga conveys to you. You can have deep visions and understanding of yourself, ask for what you want and Iboga should give the explanation. For example, you can “see” parallel realities of your life, either literally or symbolically.

You may also experience repetitive loops of certain kinds of thoughts or emotions. Iboga may also show you your basic patterns and help with life lessons, patiently showing you the same thing over and over again until you understand.

10 grams or more (2 tablespoons or more)

Higher doses of Iboga are recommended only for the most experienced psychonauts. It is often beneficial to arrange for someone to look after you because it really doesn’t have to be an ass in some moments. If you underestimate the preparation, it is very likely that Iboga will give you something for it.

Iboga multiplies and amplifies internal states, which means it amplifies the “nice” as well as the “unnice.” You may experience feelings of mental madness or intense hopelessness, but also strong feelings of love and deep self-acceptance. Vomiting may occur and be quite unwell for several hours.

It is important not to underestimate the diet, do not eat anything at least 5 hours before, if you can, take an enema before such a strong dose and fast for 24 hours.

These doses can have a strong transformational potential, they can help in giving up addiction to addictive substances, be it alcohol, cigarettes, opiates, etc. For the complete process of ending the addiction, one night is enough for some, while others need more. It is a very complex topic that goes beyond this article. If you need a consultation, contact me.

Does iboga worsen emotional mood?

It may happen that Iboga opens something that we can call the “thirteenth chamber” for example. You have feelings of instability, you feel insecure, separated from yourself, instead of being calm and peaceful, you are rather nervous and angry about anything, or you also suffer from insomnia, you are hypersensitive, you observe depression and depression or manic states more often, you are emotionally unstable…

Yes, that can happen too. Then you need exactly this kind of experience, Iboga is working in you, and you have to go through exactly these states. I recommend that if you observe something like this, take a break for a few days or even a few weeks, and let Iboga rest. If I can recommend something, in similar states, what helps quite effectively is – go out into nature a lot, meditate, exercise, move, start singing, draw or paint… and you can also contact me and we can talk about it more individually.

How to know that Iboga is working?

You are very likely to feel “grounded”, to slow down, to feel in a “meditative state”, your attention is focused inward, you don’t feel like talking much. You will notice that you are apathic and that it doesn’t bother you at all ?

However, you can also feel very encouraged to doing something you haven’t done for a long time, for example something creative, or the already mentioned cleaning, a walk…

Since Iboga is active in the body for at least 12 hours, I recommend taking this test dose in the morning, not in the evening. If you take Iboga in the evening, there is a risk that you will not sleep. But if you count on it, it’s up to you..

Why can’t I feel anything?

Occasionally, some people report that they “feel nothing” when taking Iboga. They can even swallow up to several grams and still not feel much. There may be several reasons.

1. The person has a system that is simply not compatible with Iboga.

It can happen, but rather in rare cases, that someone takes a full flooding dose and it will have “no effect” on them. It happened to me more than once when accompanying some “specific cases”. For someone, 8 grams is enough and he is already in the full process, someone can take even 20 grams and still claim that he “does not feel anything”.

If you are a person who wants to get rid of any drug addiction with Iboga, then the dosage will probably be much higher than the dosege for a “normal person”. Iboga has to “wash” with the drug inside the bodily systems and thus resets its unwanted devastating effects on the body, and so Iboga does not affect the brain centers as strongly as it affects healthy individuals.

2. Something is happening, Iboga works, the effect occurs, but the person is not able (willing) to admit it

I have witnessed enough people even with a strong dose of Iboga saying that nothing is happening, even though they are knocking, they can’t walk and they keep repeating the same thing. Something is obviously going on, but they don’t see it, or they won’t allow themselves to see it. They have strong defense mechanisms against themselves.

I’ve found that people who are very stuck in their mind/intellect are less likely to see what’s going on, while people who are even by default a little more in their body are much more likely to report an effect. It is as if Iboga works in the space behind the mind, on the subconscious/unconscious, so people used to perceiving the world from a very cerebral or neocortical position may have trouble discerning changes in their perception. So you shouldn’t be staring so much at what’s in front of you, but at your actual perceptual apparatus that’s making the perception to be observed.

Even people who have gone through a lot of different psychedelics and expect to experience something related to the more popular tryptamines and phenylethylamines may claim that nothing is happening, simply because they expect something completely different. Quite different rules apply to Iboga than, for example, to LSD, mushrooms or MDMA…

3. People look for the effects of Iboga with their head (mind), but what is important is the inner understanding that they do not notice

For Iboga, “hallucinations”, the fact that one’s head spins or one “sees stars” or various “hallucinations” are not so important, but much more important is one’s inner state, experience, feeling one’s Self from a new perspective, accepting oneself as , as not until then.

Iboga root bark is medicine for the body as well as the mind. Sometimes I feel like the way Iboga works is very much in the intuitive/feeling realm. Iboga in root bark form seems to bring people back into the body, grounding, redistributing your energy, releasing energy blockages to make you feel better throughout your body as a whole.

4. No energetic relationship with Iboga

This rule applies to many things in life. If you have not invested anything in the process, you may not receive any payout. I have heard stories of people who were given free treatment and it either didn’t work at all or had no lasting effects. It doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone, but I’ve found in my own experience that sometimes when people get medicine or healing for free, for example if they received iboga from other person, they don’t value it as much and they don’t have very strong experiences, or they can’t accept the messages that come out.

In the same way, Iboga is very unlikely to work if someone is undergoing Iboga therapy because someone close to them wants it, for example, a parent, sibling, partner.

I even got a question along the lines of “My good friend drinks a lot of alcohol a day, can I buy him Iboga and put it in some of his food?”

The answer is clear – no, it doesn’t make sense, and it must not be done this way! Iboga does not work against the will of the person taking it. It is necessary for the person concerned to consent to Iboga therapy, to realize his intention, and to establish his own intimate relationship with Iboga. Then it might work, but certainly not against his will.

5. You may not be ready to work with Iboga.

Sometimes it’s just not time to start working with Iboga and you won’t get anything significant out of it at this point. Or you don’t have the environment ready, you don’t have a suitable intention, or you underestimated the preparation or the diet. What can also hinder the proper integration of Iboga into one’s life is too much effort. Effort is always effort in vain. Take your time, talk to me or someone who has gone through Iboga and let Iboga be Iboga, at the right time her wise consciousness will come back to you and you will clearly know and feel that now is the right time to continue the iboga processes.

Iboga and ibogaine products available at PachamamaHerbs.com:

More informations – read our articles

Iboga Detailed Guide – Probably the Most Powerful Plant in the World for the Treatment of Addictions and Depression

Iboga – practical information (not only) on microdosing

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