Miami is one of the few places in the United States where researchers study ibogaine, an indole alkaloid found in the root bark of a West African shrub that has hallucinogenic properties.
The substance has been used in Western medicine since the 1860s, according to researchers. Ethnopharmacology studies done more than 50 ago found that purified ibogaine root had beneficial effects for treating fever, toothache and high BP, according to an article in Progress in Brain Research. Now, ibogaine has become part of a contemporary debate in the medical community over its role in the opioid crisis.
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