The effect of Ibogaine as a natural treatment for drug addition

Student: Victorita Ivan

Type of project: Basic, Translational, Neutraceutical

Grant Type: PhD

Year of Award: 2016

Supervisor: Dr. Aaron Gruber

Institutions Affiliated: University of Lethbridge

Background: Drug addiction is related to certain changes in how people make decision about drugs and the habits surrounding drugs. Ibogaine has some preliminary evidence of interrupting these changes, and this study seeks to test this hypothesis in an animal model of drug addiction.

Impact: Drug addiction is most often treated using abstinence and other drugs to block withdrawal effects, but there are no treatments to help interrupt and reverse the changes made in the brain that facilitate altered drug related decision making. This study could provide important pre-clinical evidence that ibogaine could be used in drug addition therapies for humans.