Pre-treatment Protocols 

  • All medications that you are taking must be listed on the intake form, and this is important in order to give you sufficient time to taper off any medications that block/compete with ibogaine. There are certain psychiatric and QT-prolonging medications that can cause serious problems during a session. Common medications like anti-depressants will need to be tampered down and stopped 3 to 4 weeks prior to ibogaine. Clients can resume their normal prescribed medication 48 hours after treatment.  Note: benzodiazepine dependent clients must resume their regular dosing regime throughout their ibogaine session. It's very important to inform ICS staff if you're dependent on benzodiazepines, as ibogaine will NOT cleanse these types of medications, and going without them can be VERY dangerous. 

  • We recommend switching your diet 5 to 7 days prior to your session.
  1. Avoid fried, fatty, salty, or overly processed foods. Avoid red meat, pork or refined sugars and carbohydrates.
  2. Consume lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, and chicken.
  3. 5  to 7 days before your treatment it is advisable to take a B-12 capsule, 3000 mg of Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and calcium supplements daily, along with one aspirin. Avoid grapefruit and tonic water (it contains quinine.) These can cause QT prolongation, and an abnormal heartbeat, which has caused problems during ibogaine treatments. 

  • Hydrate the day before. Drink lots of juice or an electrolyte drink such as Gatorade. You will want to reduce your ingestion of liquids as we approach the treatment time (approx. 4 hours before) because it will be difficult to get up and use the bathroom during the initial phases of the session.

  • On the day of your session, eat lightly in the morning or not at all. Your stomach must be empty for the medicine to work properly. Before we begin we may eat a bit of papaya which will aid in the absorption of the medicine. 

  • We do thought placement to help you set a clear intention of what you want to achieve from your ibogaine experience. Some clients also write down questions that they would like to have answered during their introspective phase. For some during their dream state phase, they're able to have their written questions answered in the form of visions. Don't be let down if you have no immediate breakthroughs or visions at all. Ibogaine works for day/weeks after the session, and many of your questions will be answered in this time frame.

  • It's a good idea to take a nice warm shower or bath before you begin. You will want to be clean in preparation for your journey, as you may not be able to shower or bath for a couple days.

Note: During an ibogaine session it's not uncommon for clients to think that the medicine is not working for them. Not all clients experience the talked about visions, and some get discouraged when feeling restless, as restlessness can be mistaken for withdrawal.