Ibogaine Could Be a Safer Drug to Treat Psychiatric Disorders

Recent research, completed by researchers from the University of California, U. S., finds that the new drug ibogaine derived from the root of the plant iboga could be a safer way to treat a range of psychiatric disorders, including depression and addictions, as it is neither toxic nor hallucinogenic.Ibogaine Could Be a Safer Drug to Treat Psychiatric Disorders

A team of scientists, led by David Olson, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the said university, identified the parts of the ibogaine molecule that can be responsible for the therapeutic effects and engineered these features into a new molecule called tabernanthalog (NBG).

After this, the researchers tested this new compound in several animal models of addiction and depression. The analysis of the received data showed that TBG reduced alcohol cravings and signs of opiate withdrawal after a single dose.

Lead study author David Olson says: “We’ve been focused on treating one psychiatric disease at a time, but we know that these illnesses overlap. It might be possible to treat multiple diseases with the same drug.”

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