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Possession of Ibogaine




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Ibogaine Legality by Country 2024

Ibogaine, derived from the roots of Central Africa's iboga plant, is a psychoactive substance known for causing hallucinations and dissociation. It has recently gained attention in psychology for its potential in treating mental health issues and addiction. However, its use is controversial due to dangerous side effects like low blood pressure, seizures, irregular heartbeat, paralysis, and even death. As a result, ibogaine is illegal or heavily regulated in many countries.

Legality of Ibogaine Across Countries (as of 2023)

  • Mexico: Mexico does not regulate ibogaine, making it a popular destination for those seeking ibogaine treatment.
  • Germany: In Germany, ibogaine is unregulated, except for certain pharmacy rules affecting its medical use.
  • Netherlands: Ibogaine is legal in the Netherlands, with several treatment centers in the country.
  • Costa Rica: There are no legal restrictions on ibogaine in Costa Rica.
  • Gabon: In Gabon, legislation regarding ibogaine falls under the purview of the culture ministry.
  • New Zealand: Ibogaine is available by prescription.
  • Portugal: The sale of ibogaine has been decriminalized.

Factors Influencing Ibogaine's Legal Status

The legality of ibogaine varies based on several factors:

  • Research: The amount of human-focused research significantly influences a country's decision to legalize ibogaine.
  • Cultural Factors: The native status of the iboga plant and its cultural significance can impact ibogaine's regulation.
  • Global Trends: Legalization and deregulation trends in other countries can sway nations towards similar policies for ibogaine.

As understanding and global perspectives on substances like ibogaine evolve, so too do the legal frameworks governing their use. This dynamic landscape reflects the complex interplay of scientific research, cultural contexts, and international trends.

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Possession of Ibogaine
Sale of Ibogaine
Transport of Ibogaine
Cultivation of Ibogaine
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Ibogaine is unregulated in Mexico, therefore, it is a popular spot for ibogaine treatment.
Ibogaine is unregulated in Germany, but for medical use it can be regulated by pharmacy rules (AMG).
The Netherlands does not prohibit ibogaine, and there are various ibogaine treatment centers availab...
Costa RicaUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Iboga and its chemical derivative, ibogaine, is not illegal in Costa Rica but the substance is also ...
Iboga legislation in Gabon falls under the jurisdiction of its Culture Ministry. Approval of the Cul...
In 2010, ibogaine was scheduled as a Schedule 4 substance on the Therapeutic Goods Administration po...
Since 2014, ibogaine has been listed in the 'Government regulation of psychoactive consumer market o...
New ZealandLegalLegalLegalLegal
Ibogaine was gazetted in New Zealand in 2009 as a non-approved prescription medicine.
Uruguay is one of a few countries that never criminalized the possession of drugs for personal use. ...
United KingdomIllegal (most circumstances)IllegalIllegalIllegal
Ibogaine is not identified by name in the UK's Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. However, since 2016, it fal...
United StatesIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
Ibogaine is classified as a Schedule I-controlled substance in the United States, and is not approve...
Tabernanthe iboga, Tabernanthe manii, ibogaine, its isomers, esters, ethers, and salts, whether natu...
In 2016, the Italian Ministry of Health issued an update[20] that added both 'ibogaine' and 'taberna...
Ibogaine, as well as its isomers, are listed in Chapter 2 of the Royal Decree of 1998 on psychotropi...
Ibogaine was classified as a Schedule 1 substance in Sweden, and is now visible on the Drug Administ...
2015 - Ibogaine is prohibited for distribution by Emergency declaration on distribution of prohibite...
Ibogaine is classified as a prohibited substance on the Regulation of the EDI on the lists of narcot...
Ibogaine is illegal in Norway (as are all tryptamine derivatives).
Ibogaine is not specifically classified under Irish Law. However, since 2010, it may fall under the ...
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized the possession of all drugs, which includes ibogaine.
On 14 January 2016, Ibogaine was legalized for prescription use in São Paulo, Brazil, with this lega...
South AfricaControlledControlledControlledControlled
The South African Medicine Control Council published a statement in 2016 regarding a resolution to l...
Health Canada added ibogaine to the Prescription Drug List (PDL) in 2017, meaning that the drug can ...
Ibogaine is listed under Section C) New Psychotropic Substances of Government Regulation 66/2012. (I...
Ibogaine as well as its salts and simple derivatives are included on List B of Denmark's Executive O...
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Which countries have not regulated Ibogaine?

Ibogaine remains unregulated in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

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