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Kentucky Takes a Psychedelic Leap

Mental Health & Wellness
Mental Health & Wellness
June 3, 2023
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The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions, causing immense suffering and devastation in communities worldwide.  In 2021, the United States lost over 80,000 Americans to opioid overdose deaths. In one State, Kentucky, there were over 2,250 residents lost to overdose deaths, and 90 percent of these deaths were related to opioids. Kentucky is now taking a stand and is providing bold leadership to the rest of the nation in a manner that is befitting the heroic legacy of this great State.  


The head of the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission recently announced that the panel will explore the possibility of committing no less than $42 million to developing a treatment of opioid-use disorder with the psychedelic ibogaine. 

Ibogaine is not yet legal in the United States, but is becoming nothing short of legendary status among the warfighter community as more and more stories of its incredible efficacy emerge among our ranks from those that have traveled outside of the country they fought for to access its healing promise.


Conventional treatment modalities, while better than no attempt at treatment at all, have proven to be insufficient in addressing the complex nature of addiction. It is time to explore alternative, groundbreaking solutions that can truly offer hope to those trapped in the grip of opioid addiction. By embracing this innovative approach of ibogaine therapy, we can break free from mediocrity and provide a more effective and compassionate response to this pressing public health issue. We have nothing to lose by stepping onto this path that so many of our conventional military and special forces veterans have already scouted and returned whole.


Unveiling the Power of Ibogaine:


Ibogaine, derived from the African shrub Tabernanthe iboga, possesses unique properties that set it apart from other treatments. Its psychedelic nature has been found to facilitate profound introspection and self-reflection, enabling individuals to confront and heal the root causes of their addiction. Unlike less controversial alternatives, such as methadone or buprenorphine, ibogaine does not simply substitute one addiction for another but rather acts as a catalyst for transformation.


Ibogaine reverses the effects of opiates on gene expression, with resulting impacts on neuroreceptors, returning them to a pre-addiction condition.  Furthermore, addictive loops and pathways in the brain are reversed.


Addressing the Underlying Causes:


One of the key reasons why traditional treatments fall short is their focus on symptom management rather than addressing the underlying causes of addiction. Ibogaine therapy, on the other hand, delves deep into the subconscious, allowing individuals to explore their past traumas, emotional wounds, and behavioral patterns that contributed to their addiction. By confronting these root causes, patients can gain valuable insights, achieve resolution, and break free from the cycle of addiction. This holistic approach addresses the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction while at the same time providing for the psychological and spiritual dimensions of recovery.


Promising Results and Safety Considerations:


Although ibogaine is still being researched, preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence have shown promising results. Many individuals who have undergone ibogaine therapy report reduced cravings, increased self-awareness, and a renewed sense of purpose. Additionally, the psychedelic compound's safety profile, when administered in a controlled and supervised setting, has been demonstrated in various clinical trials and real-world settings.


Challenging the Status Quo:


By embracing the bold initiative of utilizing ibogaine, Kentucky is challenging the status quo and pushing the boundaries of addiction treatment. The current treatment alternatives have their limitations, perpetuating a cycle of dependency and failing to offer sustainable solutions. It is time to acknowledge that more radical and unconventional approaches are necessary to tackle the complexity of addiction effectively.


Ensuring Ethical Implementation:


While embracing ibogaine as a therapeutic modality, it is essential to ensure ethical implementation. Adequate regulation, rigorous safety protocols, and professional oversight must be in place to minimize risks and protect vulnerable individuals. Proper screening, thorough medical evaluations, and tailored treatment plans should be available to ensure the utmost safety and maximize the potential benefits of ibogaine therapy.




The opioid crisis demands a bold and innovative approach, transcending the mediocre alternatives that have long been the norm. Ibogaine therapy holds immense promise in providing a comprehensive and transformative treatment modality for individuals trapped in the grip of addiction. By exploring this psychedelic compound and harnessing its potential, we can offer real hope, healing, and a path to lasting recovery. It's time to support the bold initiative and embrace the power of ibogaine in our fight against opioid addiction.

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