The Altered Universe of Iboga: An interview with David Graham Scott

David Graham Scott, documentary film-maker underwent ibogaine treatment for his opiate addiction. In a single session, “the director managed to put an end to his drug dependency.” Claiming that ibogaine treatment can become an “addiction interrupter” has hopefully boosted the chances for this psychedelic to be placed back on the path of legalization.

Psychedelic Press UK

In 2003, Glasgow based documentary filmmaker David Graham Scott underwent ibogaine treatment for his long-term opiate addiction. After a single session at a London clinic, the director managed to put an end to his drug dependency. The experience is documented in his autobiographical 2004 film ‘Detox or Die’. This year, Scott returns with a follow-up. Although his new film ‘Iboga Nights’ shows that iboga is far from a magic bullet for treating addiction, it does show that the psychedelic still has a great potential of becoming an acknowledged addiction interrupter.

David filming Iwan as he performs his bwiti inspired ritual David filming Iwan as he performs his bwiti inspired ritual

During the three years it took to make the film, David Graham Scott followed various opiate addicts and iboga providers. He travelled to the Netherlands to witness treatments conducted by an experienced iboga therapist, one of which had a very dramatic outcome, as well as stepping in as a provider…

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