The most important fact about a drug which is a promising treatment for those who want to recover from substance abuse is that it is illegal in this country. It was found to be workable during the sixties for drug addiction treatment facilities. In 1967 the US government banned it because of its hallucinogenic qualities.
The same ban could have been used on a more addictive substance like methadone, but this did not happen. So even as many recovering individuals have made good use of the drug through Ibogaine rehab centers, then need to cross the US border into countries where these are located. The earliest popular place was in St Kitts, set up by an early advocate of the drug.
It comes from a native West African plant that is still used in rites of passages for some countries in that continent. Tribal rituals date back centuries and may even have a lot of recorded or known factors or qualities related to the use of Ibogaine. The tree is not something that could grow in other places and thus availability and distribution is affected.
The thing is that there is an ongoing debate about the effect of this item. The chemical is now widely used in clinics south of San Diego and other places in the country. These have sprouted as the word spread about the effectiveness of this substance for combating things like alcohol, heroin and marijuana addiction.
Even as another hallucinogen has become legal in this country, the government or legislature has not moved on legalizing its use here. It remains a Schedule 1 substance, which in the medical instrument amounts to limited and restricted use. Some labs have experimented on the item, but Big Pharma fails to make good on its effectiveness.
Some blame the bigger pharmaceutical companies for the inactivity on this substance. The rehab or the drug recovery programs are not large enough economically to provide much teeth in the lobbying for legalization of this one potentially beneficial item. The large pharma concerns though could push through this process easily.
Be that as it may, the clinics near the California Mexico border are really getting popular. This sounds like another one of those crackpot processes because of these. The government remains strangely silent on this, and for many it may mean they know more things about it than is commonly thought.
It may seem weird these days that with all the advanced processes and substances in use, there is still one that remains outside the pale. The big companies point to the limited availability as one primary reason. This may however be changed with the volume needs for markets, which could also be a help for certain West Africa economies.
The independent concerns are all running the show from outside the US. And while Americans may own these, they need to operate within the countries they are found in and therefore not legally American for all intents and purposes. The question still hangs in the air for many, and it will probably remain that way.