Kick Heroin With Hallucinogen

11.17.10 Marina Galperina

Want to stop doing dope and “reset your tolerance levels to zero, like you’ve never done drugs?” Try ibogaine, the root bark from the tabernanthe iboga plant. Get cured and “paralyzed by hallucinations” of vicious monsters, “washed in love,” or turn into bark, as per artist Levi Van Veluw’s illustrations. Illegal in the US, the extreme PCP-LSD-hybrid-like “psycho-spiritual cure” is available in Tijuana rehabs, where you just might get massacred in the drug war. It’s been used by shamans from West Africa to Amsterdam, mentioned by Hunter S. Thompson and plugged by ’60s Yippies. Now there’s a legalization movement afoot.