Tobias Erny


Born in 1984, he carries a job qualification as a glassblower and worked in the pharmaceutical-chemical field in Basel. In 2006, he had his first encounter with ibogaine during a detoxing process from hard drugs use. With the help of the plant master ibogaine, he was able to transform addiction, illness and negative patterns into a positive and healing state of being. His fascination with ibogaine led to a number of self-experiments. Next to his intense work and exploration of entheogenic substances, he supports people in challenging life situations to find a way towards personal growth and integration. He is involved in setting up a variety of ibogaine projects in Europe, as well as a holistic drug rehabilitation center in Portugal.

Topic 2016 : “Ibogaine – mystical entheogen and plant medicine from Africa”

He will present the content of his book, with the above mentioned title, which will soon be published by the Nachtschatten-Verlag publisher.

Ibogaine is the main alkaloid in the rind of the root of the Tabernanthe iboga plant. While still widely unknown in the western world, it has been regarded as a holy medicine with a vast number of applications in West Equatorial Africa: it serves for medical purposes, initiation processes, works as a catalyst for spiritual development and allows communication with ancestors and other dimensions.

In the 60’s, the American psychonaut Howard Lotsof coincidentally discovered the addiction-prohibiting effect of ibogaine. It has a sort of “rebooting” effect on the brain, allowing addictive tendencies to be interrupted. Under its influence, near-death experiences can be guided and can lead to new, positive perspective-taking and an increased quality of life. Ibogaine is already applied for the treatment of depression, Parkinson’s disease, posttraumatic stress disorder and a variety of anxiety disorders, with new areas of application being discovered on a regular basis.

Tobias Erny’s book gives an overview of the history of ibogaine in Africa and also in the western world, and describes the current insights of ibogaine in the fields of pharmacology, botany and chemistry.

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