How Ibogaine and Other Psychedelics Can Cure PTSD

By Barry Cooper

 

As a globally known drug expert and person who has been diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I can help you determine if you suffer from PTSD and share the cure. I have personally used psychedelics to treat my PTSD and have helped hundreds of others do the same.

The author before and after using psychedelics to treat severe PTSD
The author before and after using psychedelics to treat severe PTSD

My PTSD was caused by being one of America's top soldiers in the Drug War, along with many other traumas. I became an anti-Drug War activist who eventually had to flee the United States for political asylum. The details of that story were covered in a feature by Progressive Magazine.

You may also view this video of me describing freak traumas I recently suffered such as witnessing Cartel murders and the murder of my ex-wife.

How To Detect If You Suffer From PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a natural response mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event.

 

When PTSD begins surfacing, it is often described as "little bursts" of the same nervousness a person feels when having to hold it in. PTSD symptoms are similar to the anxiety felt when you have a full bladder with nowhere to go...absent the feeling of having to pee.

Brief waves of these "little bursts" come and go randomly for a period of one month to several decades. These nervous bursts are opening the lid of the PTSD barrel that has been storing untreated trauma in the core of your being.

 

The stacking of these untreated traumas eventually cause the lid of the barrel to pop off and what oozes out are the symptoms of PTSD.

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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, PTSD symptoms are categorized into three main categories of symptoms:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollections of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares.
  • Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.
  • Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angered.

 

The Cause of PTSD

Trauma does not simply implant an unpleasant memory. Trauma changes the very structure of your brain that causes a chemical imbalance and rewiring of the brain’s pathways. Trauma changes the very way you think and behave.

 

Think of your brain as several strings of Christmas lights that are neatly and nicely wrapped in a coil. Just like a healthy brain, the strings of lights are easy to separate and use.

Now imagine trauma jostling the box of lights causing the strings to become entangled together. It becomes very difficult to untangle the lights for their intended purpose.

 

This is a good representation of how trauma can damage your mind, jumble the connections, and upset the flow of your purpose.

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It is usually extremely uncomfortable to address your own pain. In the short term it is much easier to simply ignore it. It seems easier to focus on feeling good for now and dealing with the pain later. Just as a cancerous cell forms a tumor, trauma develops into mental health disorders.

 

Social anxiety is a symptom all PTSD sufferers feel. This is largely the reason a vast majority of older people age 40 plus/minus five years stays at home and rarely goes out. This symptom is commonly mislabeled as intuition or an awakening-- a new awareness that all people are bad and harmful so it's better to not go out.

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The truth is most “loners” are not enlightened but suffer from social anxiety caused by trauma. It is healthy to develop healthy social relationships.

If you can relate to any of this you very likely suffer from PTSD. Here is the cure.

How Psychedelic Therapy Can Cure PTSD

In an attempt to self-treat the symptoms, distraction usually becomes the names of the game. Whether it is binge-watching Netflix so you don’t have to think about your trauma, abusing drugs to numb your pain, or keeping yourself occupied with a constant flurry of work and activities.

 

Physical traumas such as breaking a bone require physical medical treatment. Therefore, mental traumas require emotional treatment. Psychotherapy is a fantastic tool to help sort out some emotional turmoil and can serve as part of a larger recovery program.

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Additional medical intervention such as the use of mood altering drugs (such as SSRI-antidepressants) may also be beneficial in the short term but should not be viewed as a lifelong treatment option as these can prevent the mind from healing on its own.

 

Psychedelic intervention is a new field in mental health and addiction treatment that not only focuses on treating the disorder or addiction itself, but also addresses the underlying psychological trauma that led to the illness.

Ibogaine is an extract from the African Iboga plant that has recently gained extensive media attention for its use in treating addictions. Ibogaine is also a fantastic treatment for PTSD. The American Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the testing of Psilocybin mushrooms for treating PTSD.

 

Although the psychedelic community has known for a long time Ibogaine and mushrooms are a fantastic treatment for PTSD, it is nice to learn that mainstream media and controlling organizations are catching on.

 

Through a method of action that is still not fully understood, psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin mushrooms, Ayahuasca, LSD, and Ibogaine increase the connectivity of the brain. This allows sections of the brain that don’t normally interact to exchange information freely.

In the case of those suffering from traumas and PTSD, psychedelics allow a person to access parts of their mind that their subconscious kept hidden to spare them from pain. Buried memories can be revisited and negative associations can be brought to light.

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During a psychedelic experience, a patient can address their most deep-seated issues in a headspace that gives them power over their experience. The psychedelic allows the user the freedom to process their feelings without being controlled or engulfed by them.

 

Whatever the option, treatments are available for mental disorders such as PTSD.  Surviving a trauma should not be a life sentence to a diminished standard of living. There is a cure and the use of psychedelics is rising to the top as one of the cures. It worked for me!

About Barry Cooper

"You may have seen him on the pages of Maxim, or during one of his many appearances on CNN, Fox News and Spike TV. He’s the cop who turned against the drug war. In American pop culture right now, there’s nobody quite like him. As one of the former top drug cops working the Texas highways, he was ferocious, bringing down hundreds of people for possessing even tiny amounts of an illegal substance. In his new life as a humanitarian crusader and activist filmmaker, he’s just as ferocious. Cooper is on a mission to free America’s pot prisoners. In the terminology of war, Barry is an insurgent, lobbing bombs into the fourth estate as his form of penance for all the people he put behind bars on drug offenses.”—True/SlantBarry recently starred with Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent, Eminem and Susan Sarandon in the anti drug war documentary, “How To Make Money Selling Drugs.” His internet fame via his website NeverGetBusted.com has received global attention by being reported in Rolling Stones, High Times, a feature in Maxim Magazine and a front cover feature in Cannabis Culture and the Texas Observer. His story was picked as a feature on NPR’s, This American Life. He has been a guest on scores of cable news channels discussing the Drug War. He has also appeared as a drug and legal expert in five episodes of SPIKE TV’s reality show, MANSWERS.

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