Nicotine has a similar effect on the brain’s reward system when compared to opiates. Studies have shown that there is a remarkable overlap between nicotine and opiates on dopamine signaling. It also demonstrates the seriousness of tobacco addiction, equating its grip on the individual to that of heroin.
This is one of the reasons that Iboga is so successful with helping patients to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.
Iboga resets the dopamine pathways in the brain
No other substance has demonstrated this ability with such accuracy. Studies have also shown that the Iboga alkaloid congeners block nicotinic receptor sites, and have shown to reduce nicotine self-administration.
That is the physiological aspect to the nicotine detox program, but there is also a mental and spiritual aspect that Iboga helps you work on.
Once the body is cleansed of toxins with the initial Iboga detox, a few days later Moughenda will administer the Iboga again, and you will have a guided psycho-spiritual journey.
This is where you will get to the root of the problem. You may identify the start of negative thought and behavioral patterns and be able to correct them.
There have been many people come to Bwiti and Iboga to heal nicotine attachment issues. In fact, many people came for other reasons and decided to quit using nicotine because they no longer craved it.
It’s a choice
If someone is 100% pure with their intentions, ready to do the work (surrender), and see the truth of their existence you will get the change you’re seeking.
This is not just about curing an addictive mind, it’s about a deeper knowing and healing from the root of your nicotine abuse.
It should also be noted that tobacco is part of the Bwiti ceremony and Moughenda may use tobacco during the ceremony.
The Bwiti tradition has similar beliefs to Native American culture about tobacco. However, tobacco is always considered a plant medicine like Iboga, and is used in ceremony for healing.