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Claudio Naranjo: The Early Days’ Ibogaine Experiments

In early 2014, I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Claudio Naranjo, the late Chilean psychiatrist, about his early work with lower doses of ibogaine (which he mixed with harmaline) in the context of psychotherapy. Claudio Naranjo’s book The Healing Journey (1974), included a chapter called “Ibogaine: Fantasy and Reality,” which described some of these experiments and provided an early insightful description of the subjective effects of ibogaine. He felt, for example, that ibogaine brought on fewer archetypal images than other psychedelics, instead evoking deeper memories and instinctual themes.

This interview took place some 50+ years those first sessions, while I was in the early stages of organizing the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference in Tepoztlan, Mexico, at which Claudio Naranjo provided the closing keynote presentation. The video was edited and published by the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS).

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